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Is a spade drill bit good for drilling through softwood


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I need to drill a hole in the back of my nightstand to run the cords from my electronic devices through. I’m constantly tripping over the wires so I can’t leave them on the floor anymore. 

Full disclosure, I am a total novice on anything related to power tools. I have my fathers power drill never used it (it’s the M18 18-Volt 1/2 in. Cordless Compact Brushless Hammer Drill). I’ve read a lot on all the different types of drill bits to use. I found a post where she was drilling a hole in her cabinet for the same purpose. She said the spade drill bit worked perfectly to pull the power cord through.

Can you let me know if a spade bit is what I should use or something else?  I don’t know if it will help or not but I uploaded a picture of my nightstand. 

Thanks in in advance for your help. 

 

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What size hole do you need? Spades will damage the back side of the wood known as tear out or in extreme cases a blow out. There are some ways to avoid this such as drilling half way through both sides or other types of bits.


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Like Jimbo mentioned tear out could be an issue. I would drill a pilot hole first and partially drill both sides first and then pick one side to punch through. Another method is putting a small piece of wood behind the hole your drilling that also helps with tear out.

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On 11/17/2017 at 3:38 PM, JimboS1ice said:

What size hole do you need? Spades will damage the back side of the wood known as tear out or in extreme cases a blow out. There are some ways to avoid this such as drilling half way through both sides or other types of bits.

there is a difference between tear out and blow out?

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