Drill bits play an important role in the success of every DIY project, no matter how big or small.
With so many bits out there, it can be hard to know which is best for your project. If you are a DIY novice, it is especially confusing. You may assume that a universal, multi-material bit will work for almost every project. Although this type of bit will work with many projects, it will only get you so far. In this guide, we will show you which type of drill bit you will need for your upcoming project so that you can get started.
Drill Bits for Every DIY Project
The first thing to know is that drill bits are determined by the project as well as the material. For example, there are a few different bits used for woodworking. Although the bits are designed for specific purposes, they are also designed for their ability to get through soft and hard types of wood. For masonry, the bits you choose will depend on whether you are doing something simple, like drilling a hole into the wall to hang a shelf or whether you are planning to renovate your bathroom.
Keeping that in mind, here are some of the main types of bit and how they can be used in various projects.
Masonry bits are used to drill into brick, mortar and concrete. As we mentioned above, you may not need a heavy-duty bit to make a small hole in a wall. You could use your multi-material bit for that or try a standard brick set that includes a selection of sizes. To break down concrete or hardened walls, you will need industrial or turbo concrete bits that have tungsten carbide tips. Use the sizing and material guide shown on the selection chart to make sure that you have the right size bit for your project.
If you are doing basic projects such as making a simple wooden frame, box or shelf, a multi-purpose bit will be ideal. These come in a variety of sizes. If you are making something that needs a hollowed-out section, a hole saw is the best bet. This bit makes smooth-edged holes and can also enlarge holes. Other wood bits that will make clean holes include flat bits for larger holes, brad point bits for smaller holes, and Forstner for flat bottomed holes.
Glass & tile bits
These are a few different bits for glass, tile and ceramics. If you are making something that requires drilling into glass, you will need a diamond bit. If you’re removing kitchen or bathroom tiles and replacing them with new tiles, you will need a glass and tile bit, which has a flat, pointed shape. This bit helps to break up the tile with minimal effort. To drill into tile to make holes, you can use a ceramic tile bit.
Metal projects may not be common for most DIY fans. You may want to create a decor piece made of software metal or add holes to an old metal frame or box. You may want to add metal legs to a table or chair or make something like a mini-BBQ. Having the right bits is vital. Depending on the type of metal, using the wrong bit will end up damaging the material and your drill. Choosing metal HSS bits is essential as these are strong enough to drill through even the toughest metal.
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