Getting creative with everyday tools can give you additional drill bit options for your power drill. This can be done by taking a look at your tools to discover any alternative uses. Power drills typically come with a variety of drill bits, but for some jobs the included bits may not be appropriate.
Older model drills may not have the same drill bits as newer models. Converting everyday tools into drill bits can add to the variety of tasks that can be performed by both old and new power drills.
The following are two different methods for converting everyday tools into drill bits. The first method deals with converting a screwdriver and the second with converting an Allen wrench.
Converting a Screwdriver
A screwdriver drill bit is commonly used to make installing screws quicker and easier. Screwdrivers come in many types, lengths and sizes. Drill bits included with newer model power drills may come in a couple of types and sizes, however by creating your own you can add many more options.
Step 1 - Remove the Handle
There are two methods for screwdriver handle removal. With some manipulation the handle can slide off or you can place the screwdriver tightly in a vise and use your pliers to pull off the handle. This method is ideal if you want a longer bit for a better reach.
The quickest method is to use bolt cutters to cut the handle off. It is important to make sure your cut is made evenly so your new bit will have a flat, even surface to insert into the chuck of your power drill.
Step 2 - Test the Bit
Insert your drill bit into the nose of the drill and lock into place. Turn on the drill to test that it will stay in place while in use and will perform the desired function.
Converting an Allen Wrench
An Allen wrench is used most often to put together boxed furniture such as desks or dressers. Using this wrench by hand can be difficult and slow going. You can save time and make the job easier by converting an Allen wrench into a drill bit.
The only tools you will need are the Allen wrench, a pair of pliers and bolt cutters. Below are the steps to create your drill bit.
Step 1 - Grip the Allen Wrench
Allen wrenches are in the shape of an “L”. Grip the bottom part of the “L” firmly with a pair of pliers.
Step 2 - Make Your Cut
Using your bolt cutters, cut the wrench at the bottom of the long side of the “L” to remove the bottom of the “L”. Make sure to make an even cut creating a flat and even surface to insert into the chuck of your power drill.
Step 3 - Test the Bit
Insert your Allen wrench drill bit into the nose of the drill, locking it into place. Turn on the drill to test that it will stay in place while in use and will work effectively.