To make an awl I used a 1 1/4 inch long nail. When set into the bit holder the magnet holds it in place, but it needed some stability. I used hot glue around the nail so that it doesn't wobble. To do this I placed some plastic wrap in the bit holder then set the nail in. Then I place some hot glue around the nail. Once the glue had cooled, I pulled out the plastic wrap and pealed it off of the hardened glue.