Quick-Draw Drill Bit Gauge

Ever strain your eyes trying to read drill diameters etched on the drill bit? They’re hard enough to see when the bit is brand new.

The Family Handyman

Ever strain your eyes trying to read drill diameters etched on the drill bit? They’re hard enough to see when the bit is brand new. Give the bits a few years of hard use and they’re virtually impossible to read. Stop the squinting and buy a drill bit gauge ($8 at a home center). Keep the bit gauge close at hand by applying a couple of adhesive-backed magnetic strips to a convenient spot on the drill press. Then store the gauge right on board. Thanks to Joel Spies for this tip.

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