The Family Handyman
Drilling pilot holes in your latest project but can’t find your itty-bitty drill bit? A nail will do the job. Cut off the nailhead with a wire cutter, then tighten the nail in the drill chuck and go to work. The chiseled tip on the end of the nail drills clean holes fast, especially in softer woods and plywood. A bit of thanks to high school industrial arts teacher John Nelson for this tip. He keeps his students outfitted with mini drill bits all year long for the price of a box of nails.