How to Prevent Tear Out When Drilling a Hole
To keep from tearing out the back of a hole when drilling through a board with a spade bit or hole saw:
- Drill the hole partway through the front of the stock until the tip of the bit protrudes out the back of the board.
- Flip the board over, and position the bit in the pilot hole.
- Drill the rest of the way through.
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