How to Sharpen A Step Drill Bit – A Guide

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How to Sharpen A Drill - A Guide

The step drill is a very useful tool for any woodworker. It can be used to make perfectly spaced holes, and each hole’s size is easy to adjust. 

However, after time, the blade will become dull and won’t cut as cleanly through materials like softwood and hardwood. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to sharpen a drill quickly and easily so it’s ready for use again!

How to Sharpen a Step Drill Bit?

Step drills are a great addition for anyone who does metalworking, and they can be used to create holes in countless applications. 

If you’re not familiar with step drill bits, they are essentially drill bits that start as one size and gradually increase in diameter. You can use them to create holes of almost any size – even very small ones!

A key part of using step drills is sharpening the tip so it stays precise and ready for action. The following steps will walk you through this process.

Step One: Prepare the Bit

The first thing you will want to do is prepare the bit for sharpening. You can use a bench grinder or an angle grinder, but make sure that you clamp it down securely before beginning!

Step Two: Start Grinding

Start out with the grinding wheelset at around 15 degrees (25 degrees if using an angle grinder). Begin by “pushing” the rotating tip of your step drill into this slope and slowly bring it back towards you. 

It may take some practice to get used to how much pressure needs to be applied – too little pressure won’t cut anything; too much could potentially damage equipment like your lathe headstock! If there are any burrs on top of your bit, they should start coming off after just a few passes.

Step Three: Continue Grinding and Check the Drill Bit for Signs of Sharpening

Continue to slowly grind down the drill tip as it rotates, checking every so often to see if you can make out a clean edge where the blade begins. 

If not, continue grinding until it becomes visible! Stop and move onto step four once you can clearly tell that there is an even line along your step drill bits circumference (the size of which will depend on how many steps were on your bit).

Step Four: Finish Up

By setting your angle grinder at 0 degrees or clamping back into place, use just one final pass over each side to ensure they are both perfectly symmetrical – any holes you create may not be perfectly spaced if they are uneven!

Step Five: Test Your Drill Bit

Test out the drill bit once you’ve finished sharpening by gently drilling a hole in some scrap wood. If it produces clean and even results, then your bit is good to go for another round of usage! If not, simply repeat steps two through four until satisfied with the result.

Keep in mind that step drills get dull very quickly – especially when used on harder materials like metal or plastic – so make sure to sharpen them frequently (every couple jobs at least) to ensure optimal performance each time around!

The step drill is a very useful tool for any woodworker. It can be used to make perfectly spaced holes, and each hole’s size is easy to adjust. 

However, after time, the blade will become dull and won’t cut as cleanly through materials like softwood and hardwood.

In this blog post, we have shown you how to sharpen a step drill quickly and easily, so it’s ready for use again. In our next blog, we will talk about how to remove broken drill bits from aluminum and how to drill through angle iron.

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