In woodworking generally, but in restoration particularly, you will be dealing with holes; making new ones, cleaning old ones and repairing them. These holes will come in an inconvenient array of diameters, so you will become familiar with drill bits, drills and driving. Fasteners like nails and screws that were used to originally build a piece of furniture will often wear loose, or break off, leaving irregular holes that need repair. Then there are subsequent “repairs” that use various fasteners, creating new holes and more often than not, peripheral damage.
Below is a sampling of many of the tools that I use for drilling and driving. I began with a basic set of brad-point drill bits and gradually added other bits and equipment as needed. Once restoration became my primary work, drill-bit consumption escalated, and I bought pieces as I needed them for a particular job. I usually do not purchase “sets” of any tools, as there are always several duds included that will never see use, but with drill bits I will eschew this practice when I find sets on sale or clearance at very low prices.
Types of Drill Bits and Accessories
Gimlets, Plug-Cutters, Counter-Sinks and Nail Sets
Boring Old Tools
*See Reverend Spooner
The Drill Press
Sometimes you need to drill a dead accurate hole, or spin a large diameter cutter with relative safety and this is why you will want a drill press. These tools have some versatility and can be pressed into service as drum sanders, mortising tools and even as lathes for turning small parts. These are available as bench-top and floor models. I have a Delta floor model by chance, but I think that I could do just fine with a bench top version. Whatever version you purchase, make sure replacement parts and accessories are easily available on short notice. Try to get a range of speeds that begins with as low an rpm (around 200 or less would be nice) setting as possible for woodworking. I would not go lower than a 1/2 horsepower motor, and would recommend 3/4, if possible. Actually, I find that I use this tool quite often for making the jigs that I will use to complete other work, when these jigs must be as accurate as possible.