Using a drill to fashion shelves can help your project last longer and retain it’s shape longer and better than shelves that are made with a hammer and nails.
The reason for this is that screws put in using a drill with the proper bit won’t pull away as the shelves are bumped and used like a standard nail will, the ridges on the screw simply provide sturdier hold. Once you have chosen the material for your shelves, and have the plans in hand. The next task at hand is to find the correct drill bit for the project.
Types of bits for the job. There are several types of drill bits to accomplish the job at hand, the one you chose would be dependent on the material the shelves are made of. For example, if the project is to be made from a relatively thin plastic, or soft wood you can use a twist bit. This general purpose bit works well for many simple shelves or shelves that come in the form of a kit.
A brad point bit is advantageous for wood shelving. In addition the bit head has special brads (high spots) that are good for accuracy and precision. An auger bit might be useful for speed in boring into wood. A general all purpose drill bit for shelf making is the adjustable wood bit. This practical tool is adjustable for hole size with a blade that will adjust from 3/4″ to 3″. Other types of bits that are available for an assortment of shelving materials include; glass and tile bits, a step bit, and a drill saw bit for wood or metal in particular in unusual contours.
Carefully measuring where you want the screws placed before you drill will save you a lot of aggravation. When you have found exactly where you want the screws to go mark the spot with a marker. It can be helpful if you pre-drill using a smaller headed bit, before inserting the screw. This predrilled hole will help insure that the screw goes in easily and straight. Taking the time to choice the right drill bit, measure their placement and pre-drilling will ensure your shelving retains their beauty for years to come.