There are so many projects out there that require drills. Sometimes even the smallest projects end up needing drills. Instead of forcing the screw into the wall, door, or the surface of whatever it is you are working on, self-centering drill bits make holes for the screws to go in.
Certain projects require drills to be used to ensure that the holes are perfect and aligned, which is a great reason to use a self-centering drill bit, but you may end up using it for other projects as well. This brings up a question though. How does a self-centering drill bit work?
A self-centering drill bit has a tapered nose that will be automatically centered when placed in a tapered hole, such as a hinge. Because of this, they ensure that all the holes are straight, aligned, and just the right depth.
A self-centered drill bit, or a Vix bit as it can also be called, is essential for door hinges, handles, drawer slides, and so much more. They make sure that everything is aligned and speed up the entire project that you are working on.
Vix bits also relieve so much stress because you won’t have to worry that you did something wrong and messed up the measurements or spacings or that you went too deep. As long as you apply the same amount of pressure for each hole that you make, the self-centering drill bits will be able to do so much of the work for you. Keep reading to find out more information on self-centering drill bits, including how to use them.
How Does it Work?
Self-centered drill bits are surprisingly easy to figure out and to use. You put the tapered end of the drill in the tapered hole, for example, the holes for the hinges of a door. And then you drill. It is honestly that simple and quick. The drill automatically centers for you and knows when to stop so that it is at just the right depth. This feature is referred to as depth-stop. Once you are done, there will be a hole for the screws to then be screwed into. You will simply have to put the screws in place, screw them in all the way so everything is secure, and then the project you are working on will be done.
This makes it so much easier than trying to screw them in when there is no hole, ensures that everything is perfectly aligned, and makes sure that it doesn’t go too deep into the material you are using. You will not have to guess and hope that everything is perfect, you will know that everything is perfect.
One thing that is important to think about while using a self-centering drill bit is the amount of pressure you are using. It is important to be consistent with the amount of pressure you use for all of the holes that you are making. This will help make sure that they are all the same depth.
Why Use a Self-Centering Drill Bit?
A self-centering drill bit, or a Vix bit, is great to use for so many different projects because it takes away so much of the guesswork and the worry. You don’t have to hope that the holes are perfectly centered, you don’t have to worry that you did something wrong to make them all misaligned.
You also don’t have to worry that you went too deep into the wood and ended up going through the entire thing, making a hole in the material you are using for your project. The self-centering drill bit does it all for you. This will make your project be finished that much sooner, and be that much closer to perfect. The fact that it is so quick and easy, and makes it so much easier to then get the screws in place, is why so many people choose to use a Vix bit.
A self-centering drill bit is also very user-friendly, so if you’ve never used one before, it’s easy to figure out and understand how to properly use them. The one thing you will have to remember is the amount of pressure you use and be sure that you are following all of the safety precautions that are recommended for you to take when using this tool. It will mainly be making sure you are aware of where your fingers and hands are in relation to the tool, especially when you are actively using it, and being careful of wood chips.
You will want to wear safety glasses of some kind to make sure that wood chips do not get in your eyes, and wear gloves if you feel that they will help you be safer.
Which One to Choose?
If you look up self-centering drill bits with the intention to find one to buy or rent, you will see that there are many different kinds. And I don’t just mean the many different brands, the generic from the big main brands, though there are important things to consider about the manufacturer. What I am referring to are the different heads that will work well for different screws. It is pretty easy to tell which screws work best with each drill bit just by looking at the drill bit, but they should also say somewhere on the packaging or in the description what screws they recommend.
What you will have to consider when choosing what brand to use has to do with the fact that some brands may not have the depth-stop feature. This means that they may not stop automatically when they reach a certain depth, they will just keep going. If the depth-stop is an important feature for you, then be sure that it is specified somewhere on the packaging, or in the description if you are looking around online, that the drill you are looking at has this feature.
Some brands also make it easier to change the bits themselves than others. This would only be an important feature for those that have many projects going on that need different-sized screws.
Self-Centering Drill Bit Projects
I’ve been talking about how a self-centering drill bit is great for your projects and how it will make them so much quicker and easier. But what projects do you use a self-centering drill bit for? You actually use them for more things than you would think. One example is door hinges. These tools are often used for door hinges to be sure that the screws are exactly how they should be. It also helps make sure that the nails don’t go all the way through the door.
Another thing you can use a self-centering drill bit for is drawer slides. If you pull a drawer out all the way, you will see two small metal things shaped like L’s on the inside, one on each side. These are drawer slides. Self-centering drill bits are used for installing them to make sure that the nails don’t end up going through the sides of the cupboards, but also because of their ease.
Basically, these things can be used for almost everything, handles, closet slides, and so much more.