How to prevent wood splintering when drilling?

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Forum topic by jess2772 posted 12-25-2015 11:41 PM 1127 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-25-2015 11:41 PM

I need to drill holes about half-way into the wood, and each time I do the wood splinters pretty badly. I can’t really use the tape/piece of wood method because the hole doesn’t go all the way through the wood. How can I prevent the wood from splintering? The bit is 1/8” and the surface is slightly curved.

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#1 posted 12-25-2015 11:47 PM

Your bit is dull. Take smaller bites. Worst case is to predrill with a smaller bit.

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#2 posted 12-25-2015 11:56 PM

When I drill holes in places where I don’t want splintering, I run the drill in reverse and gently push the bit onto the surface of the wood. This allows the bit to score the wood and make a very clean entry without splintering. After the scoring is done, put it in forward and drill away.

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#3 posted 12-26-2015 12:53 AM

Tried brad point bits? I just got these for Christmas so I can’t personally recommend them but they were recommended highly:,180,42240,42247

You could also try sharpening your bit.

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#4 posted 12-26-2015 01:40 AM

If it’s pine it’s going to splinter. What kind of wood?

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#5 posted 12-26-2015 02:00 AM

What Tim said. I’ve had them for years, they make a nice clean hole, both entry and exit.

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#6 posted 12-26-2015 11:38 AM

Brad point bit that’s what they’re made for.
You can get a set reasonably cheap.

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#7 posted 12-26-2015 03:15 PM

Brad point bits. Woodcraft has a BP drill bit set on sale. 100 piece set for $24.99; #158296. Contains twist bits and brad point bits in various sizes. Got the set this past spring- good quality.

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