Brad point drill bits are a great addition to any wood drill bit collection. These bits are designed to drill small holes in a variety of woods. With their roll-forged shape, ground-cutting edge and centring tip, they ensure a high level of drilling precision. They are versatile and can be used for many different projects.
In this guide to brad point drill bits, we’ll be taking a closer look at these bits so that you can get a better of how they work (and why you may need one for your projects).
Here’s What to Know About Brad Point Drill Bits
Some of the most common questions you might have about brad point drill bits include the following:
What are they?
As we mentioned earlier, these bits are designed to drill clean holes in wood. The centring tip allows you to work without the risk of wandering. They can be used on softwood and hardwood. If you’re looking for a wood bit that will create small straight, smooth, accurate holes, this bit will be the best option.
How do they compare to other wood drill bits?
There are a few things that make these bits different to other wood bits, besides their design. The main differences come down to how they are used. Forstner bits are another commonly used bit for woodworking. These are best for larger-diameter holes or flat-bottomed holes rather than small holes. Another commonly used bit for woodworking is the spade or flat bit. These also feature a sharp centring point like brad point bits. They have a flat design, however, and are most commonly used to make larger holes. Then there are brace Auger bits. These are roll-forged and have a centring tip. They are longer, and best suited to deeper drilling.
What size bits should you get?
You’ll find brad point bits in various sizes. Sizes usually range from very small 3mm x 61mm all the way up to 12mm x 151mm. As these bits are used for drilling smaller holes, it is best to have a selection of sizes. Sets are a good way to make sure you have the right size bit for the job at hand. If you’re buying bits individually, make sure that you have exact measurements of the holes you need to drill.
How do you use these bits?
These woodworking drill bits are easy to use. The first (and most important) step is to make sure you have the right size bit. Ideally, you want a bit that is longer than the thickness of the wood you are drilling - roughly two flutes. This will prevent clogging, allowing wood debris to clear without getting trapped.
Next, you’ll need to use the right drilling speed. This will vary depending on the wood you are using. For hardwood, you will go slower to prevent the bit from getting clogged and make sure that your holes are accurate and clean. For softwood, you can use a higher speed as the drill will get through the wood more easily. Drilling speed will also depend on the size of the drill bit.
Once you’re ready to start drilling, mark the spot you want to drill, using a piece of tape, a small indent or a shallow pilot hole. Align the tip of the bit on the spot you have marked. You can then start drilling, applying gentle pressure without forcing the bit through the wood.
We hope that this guide has given you a better understanding of this type of drill bit and how it works. Looking for top-quality bits for woodworking projects? Ruwag has brad point drill bits in a selection of sizes, as well as sets that include a selection of bits.