Terms of the Trade: What Is a Bradrawl?

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This small hand tool is used for starting pilot holes or indentations in wood as preparation for the insertion of a nail or screw. When pressure is applied on the surface of the material, the fibers are twisted away and a small hole is created. A bradrawl is often used when attaching one piece of material to another, as in the case of attaching a hinge to a door. The tool allows for you to see where the holes should be to attach the hinge, allowing for a perfect fit.