Learn To Drill Steel Like A Pro For Better DIY Projects

If you need to drill holes into steel or other metals, you run the risk of damaging your drill bits or work material. Ask The Builder has some tips to help you get it right.

It is important to use the correct tool for the job, so opt for a variable speed drill. Make sure your bits are sharp and designed for use on metal. Make a guide with a metal punch or nail, and use it to stop the drill from slipping.

You may need to use oil as a coolant if you need to drill through thick steel, and the key to success is to start the drill at a low speed. If you see smoke, you need more lubricating oil!

Check out the video above to see how it should be done.

How to Drill Into Steel Like a Pro [Ask the Builder]


    An article like this would have most readers thinking it came from a builder so it must be right. This is not the case as some of the basics for drilling steel are covered but some important ones are not.
    Talk to a Fitter or Machinist about the subject and the correct way to do it.

    Cutting compound or cutting coolant is required, not lubricating oil.
    Section 8 needs additions and a rewrite.

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