When it comes to wood working there are certain tools that can make your life a lot easier. For instance, if you’ve ever tried to start a screw without puncturing a hole, you know it can be an incredibly difficult experience. The screw keeps slipping and falling and you keep getting more frustrated. Well here’s how to use a bradawl to alleviate all of that stress.
Measure where you would like your holes to be on the piece of wood you are working on. For instance if you are building shelves, you'll need at least 2 screws per shelf per side to hold it in place. Measure so that your desired amount of screws will be equidistant and consistent amongst all of the shelves. Place a pencil mark in that place.
Hold the bradawl properly in your hand. Believe it or not, many people hold with an underhanded grip. This puts your wrist in an extreme position, which may cause injury if it slips. Make a fist around the handle of the bradawl with your thumb wrapped toward the top.
Press into the various pencil marks on your wood project. The sharp end of the bradawl will pierce the wood.
Twist repeatedly as you continue to press down. As you twist back and forth, a small hole will begin to be made in the wood. When you feel that it is adequate, stop and insert your screw or nail. Repeat this process on each site where you plan to place a screw.