Boring

If it involves wood boring bits or drilling holes in wood, Popular Woodworking has it covered. Below you’ll find information on choosing and using drills, Forstner bits, eggbeaters, and augers. Whether you’re in search of the latest technology or reliable advice for tuning up and using antique hand tools, we’ve collected it all here. Boring holes in wood cleanly isn’t always as simple as you’d like it to be. We’ll help you choose the best tool for the job at hand and improve your drilling techniques.

Woodworking in America: The First Boring Catfight

I mean, who doesn’t like a good girl fight? In high school, fights among the boys were boring. Lots of posturing. Maybe some shoving. At best they might clasp into some Greco-Roman grip that would immobilize both of them for up to five minutes. Yawn. Give me Heather “Cat Food” Barker vs. Tammy “Runs...

Another Stunning Drill from Wiktor Kuc

For those of us who buy old tools, one of the fantasies involves time travel. Wouldn’t it be cool to walk into a hardware store in the late 19th century and buy a new Stanley Bed Rock plane off the shelf? Or how about an entire set of chisels from James Swan? Until we...

The Bosch 10.8v I-Driver. Dang.

Today I’m abandoning a prototype design I’ve been working on this week between bouts of tending our gerund farm. I’d like to have a Viking funeral for this little end table, but I’m sure the fire inspector would scowl. Despite the failed design, the experience hasn’t been a total loss. While Senior Editor Robert...

Better than New: Restored Eggbeater Drills

The best hand drills ever made came out of the Millers Falls factory in the first half of the 20th century. While many people used these drills for boring holes in metal, the tools proved remarkably adept at becoming the first generation of cordless drills for woodworking. These drills are today called eggbeater drills...

The Essential Brace & Bit

Though my 12-volt cordless drill is always close at hand, I keep my brace and bit just as close. My brace and my augers allow me to drill deep holes in stout stock that my cordless drill struggles with. The brace also gives me more precision when boring to a certain depth because it’s...