How to Use a Scratch Awl to Make a Drilling Mark for Your Brad Point Bit
posted on December 1, 2010 by Woodworker's Journal
Scratch awl starter hole If you're having trouble seeing pencil marks before you start drilling, using a scratch awl to make a small starter hole makes it much more visible.

Even after having cataract surgery, I find that my tired old eyes don’t see as well as they used to for close-up work. But I don’t let that keep me from woodworking — I just find tricks that help. For instance, here’s how I hit the pencil line crosshairs when marking the centerpoint for drilling: I use a scratch awl to create a starter hole large enough to insert the tip of my brad point bit. That way, I can find the centerpoint by feel and know that the bit will be centered precisely. I did this for 50 holes on a recent project with great success.

posted on December 1, 2010 by Woodworker's Journal
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