In October 2006 #157, Popular Woodworking Magazine Article Index

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By Christopher Schwarz
Page: 23

From the October 2006 issue #157
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Birdcage awls are outstanding and accurate tools for installing hardware. In essence, they are a boring tool: Place the tip where you want your screw and twist the tool back and forth. When you’re done, you have a perfect tapered hole for your screw.

Even with a cordless drill/driver on my workbench I’ll choose the awl when pinpoint accuracy matters, as it almost always does when installing hardware.

From the October 2006 issue #157
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