What drill bit should I use?

The right drill bit is determined by the material you’re drilling and the size hole you need.

  • Wood: For smaller holes, standard wood bits work well. For larger holes in rough lumber, use paddle bits. For larger holes in finished wood, use forstner bits.
  • Soft Metals: For holes smaller than ½”, use titanium, cobalt or carbide bits. For holes larger than ½”, use a mill.
  • Steel: For small holes, use carbide or cobalt bits. For larger holes, you’ll need special equipment.
  • Concrete/Stone: Use a hammer drill and hammer drill bits if possible. You can also use masonry bits in a standard drill, but they work much slower than a hammer drill.
  • Glass/Ceramic/Tile: For holes up to ½”, use diamond-encrusted bits. For holes larger than ½”, you’ll need special equipment. We suggest taking those pieces to a glass shop.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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