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.

Ron Herman: Mojo and Thousands of Hand Tools

Today most of the magazine’s staff spent the day with Ron Herman, a seventh-generation housewright in Columbus, Ohio, who has spent the last 29 years building, remodeling and restoring homes and historic sites , in many cases using only traditional tools. His small shop north of the city is one of...

A Visual Guide to Meat-Powered Drills

I like corded drills , as long as it’s an umbilical cord. Actually, I do like my Makita corded drill for some things (mixing paint, for example). And I do like to use a battery drill when I have a heap of screws to drill and drive. But for most of...

Eggbeater Drills: Beaters and Beyond

Reader Aaron Cashion writes: “Watched your DVD about drawboring today after reading your ‘Workbenches’ book. Really enjoyed both. I had never heard of drawboring, and this will defintely be going into my arsenal. Where can I get a good eggbeater style hand drill? Are there new quality ones being made or...

Book Review: 'The Perfect Edge' by Ron Hock

In the interest of full disclosure, the following book , “The Perfect Edge” , is being published by my parent company, F+W Media. Also, I consider the author, Ron Hock, a good friend. Oh, and once I got on stage and shook it with a belly dancer in Greece after too...

Boring: The Movie!

As you might remember, we have a bit of a competition going among some of the women attending the Woodworking in America conference this week. Megan Fitzpatrick, Heather Griffin (one of the conference organizers) and Kari Hultman from the blog The Village Carpenter are all vying to be the best borer....

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...

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...

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...

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...