How To Prevent Drilling Tear Out

Drilling precise and uniform holes is an over­looked art form in most workshops. But the fact is, it doesn’t take much longer to set up drilling guides that will help make your drilling projects virtually foolproof. Choosing the right tool and the right style of bit is also very important to drilling success. The basic selection of drill types includes:

Hand drills (brace-and-bit, egg-beater style and others). These tools are becoming less common with the advent of the cordless power drill, but they’re still nice to have around for drilling a few quick holes on-site (and the battery never runs down).

Corded portable drills. These too have lost prominence to the cordless, but every shop should still be equipped with one of these workhorses. With few exceptions, they can still create more torque than cordless drills, and they’re very reliable for large projects, like screwing down decking.

Cordless drills. How did we ever get along without these tools? Technology continues to evolve, but generally a 12-volt model with an exchangeable battery pack will perform just about any workshop drilling task.

Drill press. For power and precision, a drill press is unbeatable. For most tasks, a benchtop model will do the job. But if you do a lot of wood­working or metalworking, look for a floor-standing model with easily adjustable speed and a larger throat capacity.

A Backer Board Prevents Tearout:

Regardless of the type of drill and bit you’re using, bits will cause splintering and tearout when they exit a board. To prevent this from happening, simply slip a backer board beneath the workpiece before drilling. Any piece of wood scrap can be used as a backer board. For a more perma­nent backer board, many woodworkers attach pieces of scrap wood to their drill press table with screws driven up through the guide holes in the table. In addition to preventing tearout, a wood auxiliary table on your drill press helps prevent damage that can occur to drill bits if they’re inad­vertently driven into the metal table.


In this video we show​ a must know trick when drilling through wood and other building materials using a spade or paddle style drill bit. This tip & trick for woodworking will save you time, money, and frustration because it will help you drill a clean hole through wood and other materials without having blowout from the drill bit which could ruin your material and cost you a lot of money. Let us know what you think about this woodworking tip and trick in the comments section below and be sure to share this video with anyone you think could benefit from seeing this tutorial.

How to drill clean holes. Prevent blowout.

Simple trick to drill clean holes without splintering or blowout.

How To Drill Clean Holes In Wood

Learn the very basics of drilling holes into wood, Using a wooden drill bit and the common spade bits.

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