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HOW TO USE A HAND DRILL

V. Ryan 2002 - 2009

 

Hand drills must be used carefully - although they are manually operated they can still cause severe injury if misused. It is always a good idea to clamp all material being drilled to a workbench using a clamp such as a G-Clamp. Also, place scrap wood underneath the material being drilled just in case the BIT passes through into the bench top.

The hand drill is held vertically. One hand holds the handle at the top whilst the second hand rotates the other handle in a clockwise direction. This turns the chuck and drill bit. Only light pressure should be used to push down on the hand drill, if a lot of pressure is needed the drill bit is probably blunt (change it for a sharp drill bit).
 


When using the hand drill for the first few times a second person can stand at the side to check that the hand drill is held vertically.

As the drill bit turns through the wood, dust and chippings are brought up to the surface where they collect. This should be brushed away. Do not be tempted to blow it away as the dust usually ends up in the eyes which can be very painful.

 
 

 

Tip : When drilling into a material to a certain depth wrap a piece of masking tape around the bit to mark the point at which drilling must stop.

   

QUESTION : Imagine you are demonstrating the use of a hand drill for the first time. Write a plan for the demonstration.

   
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