Emergency Countersinking in Softwoods

Try reader David Bolt’s effective “emergency” technique for drilling countersunk holes for screwheads in softwoods like pine

countersinking in softwoods

Try reader David Bolt’s effective “emergency” technique for drilling countersunk holes for screwheads in softwoods like pine, cedar and redwood. A 3/8-in. twist drill bit—spun in reverse on slow speed—will bore a clean-edged countersink hole without grabbing and tearing. Because the drill cuts slowly, you can easily control the countersink depth.

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