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What is Wood Boring and Drilling? Its Differences as a WoodWorking Tools

Updated on June 13, 2014
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After learning some fundamentals in woodworking like measuring and marking then cutting board with a saw, you should also consider planning and smoothing board with chisel to create dimensions. In planning, you should be familiar of all the needed materials to have a better outcome. There are two types of plane from which we can select:

  1. Native Wooden Plane – is more austere in construction and has fewer parts to assemble. It offers less trouble for it is easy to assemble.
  2. Imported Steel Plane - this type of plane is mostly used in schools, and in using this you must be familiar in assembling this kind of plane.

In school, the most common type of plane that can be found is the Stanley plane. You must know how to assemble and put parts together. If assembled improperly, it will be easy observed and noticed for the plane will not work smoothly and rightly. The technique is just the same in using Stanley plane or native wooden plane.

  • In assembling a standard plane, iron cap must be attached to the flat side of the plane iron.
  • Cutting edge must have ½ inch far from the edge of the plane iron-cap.
  • Tightly fit the plane iron and iron cap in shaving so that it will not wedge among them.
  • The lever cap is clamp in the plane iron and plane iron cap into the body of the plane. It must be on the top while plane iron is at the bottom.

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Wood Boring and Drilling

The difference between boring and drilling is that boring is done in woods while drilling is done in metals. In boring you should learn how to do it accurately, and in doing that you should always keep in mind that the auger bit must be on the right direction before starting. It is also advice to do some test and insights before you start boring in woods. And when you start the auger bit make sure the head is keep from wobbling by holding it in a stationary way with your left hand while operating the brace with your right hand. In order to have a satisfactory, the bit must be well-sharpened and with that only little pressure is needed to be applied to make necessary pierce out of it.

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An experienced worker. . .

Has the skill to bore squarely at the right angle. It is good to have the surface in a horizontal or vertical position for lines in the surface of the wood will helps a lot in boring. After retraining to bore, one at a time checks it whether you are boring squarely. And always have insights until bit is well commenced. The ratchet brace is suitable to use in horizontal hole for it bores with downward strokes only, rather turning the brace all around.

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Turn the brace backward to loosen the point in cleaning the hole with chips by pulling the chips in a bit straight and at the same time turning the brace as if boring. Tearing can be avoided when we bore through wood by clamping the stock at the back in a waste piece of wood. Another technique is by turning over the stock when the worn or point started to pierce through and bore back.

On the other hand, the twist drill does not tear the wood easily and it can also be use in boring metals. But if not done carefully it breaks easily when bent. It is hard to start exactly at desired point but it cuts well in wood and is liable to work off in one side. If a ratchet is needed a breast and hand drills is used. And when the crank moves forward and backward it causes the drilling to cut simultaneously. Small hand drill is very efficient for making small holes.

Reference: Basic WoodWorking by Arsenio J. Galauran, Encarta


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