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I Drilled Through


Drilling a pilot hole is no time for guessing, especially when there’s a risk of drilling too deep and going through the other side (above). To avoid this, mark the correct depth on the bit with a masking tape flag (right). When the flag gets close to the wood, slow down until it touches, and then stop drilling.

I got lucky on this drill-through. The bit pushed out the veneer, but it didn’t break off. I was able to work some glue behind the veneer with a tiny nail and stick it back in place. After the first coat of clear finish, I added a speck of matching wood filler for a near-perfect repair.