How to Use a Spade Bit

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How to Use a Spade Bit. How do you bore a big hole? Use a spade bit to make a hole larger than you can with a regular drill bit. Here's how.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade Bits
  • Variable-speed Drills
  • Identify a spade bit by its shape: it looks a little like a flat shovel with a point in the center of the end.

  • Make a pilot hole first with a regular 1/8-inch bit at the center of where your hole will be.

  • Line the point of the spade bit up with the pilot hole.

  • Start the drill motor at a slow speed and hold it steady as the bit grabs the wood.

  • Increase the drill speed steadily.

  • Drill completely through the workpiece and back the bit out smoothly with the drill still going.

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