What Size Drill Bit for a #8 Screw

Cordless drill and screws

In most situations, a #8 screw calls for a 1/8” straight drill bit. However, the ideal size of the drill bit can vary depending on the material you’re using, and you’ll need a narrower pilot hole when working with soft materials. How to Figure Out What Size Drill Bit for #8 Screw Figuring out what …

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How to Drill a Hole in Plastic

Drill bit kit

When drilling into a piece of plastic, you need to be careful l and take your time. It is extremely easy to crack this brittle material. As plastic is everywhere- you will likely need to drill into it at some point when tackling DIY home projects. Can You Drill Into Plastic? If your project requires …

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How to Drill a Straight Hole Without a Drill Press

Drill bit kit

Being able to drill a straight hole without the use of a drill press can be a very useful skill if you need to work in a small space with a hand drill or driver. Locations like walls or cabinet doors are the kinds of spaces where it can be important to be able to …

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How to Drill a Hole in a Rock to Make a Necklace

River rocks

Rock jewelry is fun, unique, and can remind you of a favorite place or experience. This is a great way to make an artistic statement without having to go buy an expensive gemstone or a necklace that was not made by hand. Rock necklaces are relatively easy to make if you know the proper steps …

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How to Drill Angled Holes

Person drilling angled holes in a piece of wood

Sometimes certain projects will require that you do not drill straight into a piece of wood. You may need to create angled holes from time to time, but this does not have to be a scary, or difficult thing for your to do. There are some necessary tips and tricks that you can follow that …

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How to Drill a Hole In Quartz Crystal

Quartz crystals

Quartz crystal has a distinctive sparkle that makes it popular for use in everything from pendant necklaces to kitchen countertops- This article has all the information you need to safely and accurately drill holes in quartz crystal.  How to Drill Holes in Quartz Crystal Whether you’re crafting a DIY jewelry project or assembling a kitchen …

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How to Drill a Hole In a Ball Bearing

Ball bearings

Ball bearings have three primary functions. With a rolling or sliding motion, they can reduce the amount of friction between moving parts, allow for precise positioning of those parts, or help distribute and carry heavy loads.  They are also attractive, smooth, and perfectly spherical, and come in many different sizes and materials. Ambitious or experienced …

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How to Drill a Hole In a Coin

Coins scattered from a jar

The most common reason to drill a hole in a coin is to make it into jewelry. Coins collected from your travels can be turned into earrings or necklaces, allowing you to keep those memories close. Another popular option is to make a charm bracelet with coins that were minted in years that have personal …

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How to Drill a Hole In a Mason Jar

Mason jars

Mason jars are a beloved material of the crafty DIYer, thanks to their sturdy construction, attractive appearance, and versatility. When intact, mason jars can be used for storage or as a drinking vessel, but that’s not all they are good for. A mason jar with a hole in it can be used as a succulent planter, …

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How to Drill a Hole In the Center of a Dowel

Wood dowels and hammer

A dowel is a cylinder of wood. They can be any length. Standard wood dowel sizes range from 3/16 of an inch to two inches in diameter. While drilling a hole in the end of a dowel isn’t much more difficult than drilling into wood, centering the hole requires specialty accessories.  Drilling Holes in the …

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How to Drill Cast Iron

Cast iron pot

Cast iron can be challenging to work with. It is not a hard metal and it can splinter or crack if you do not drill it properly. However, its more than just picking the correct drill bit for cast iron. Drilling through cast iron is more about technique than it is about the proper tools. …

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How to Drill Holes in Shells


If you love beachcombing, you may have collected a lot of shells that you would like to turn into some kind of art, or make into jewelry. It might be intimidating to think about drilling a hole into one of your shells to make it into a necklace or to use it for another artistic …

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