Drilling wood, specially if you have to do it by hand, must be done in steps: first a small hole, then a bit larger, then to size. Or as many in-between steps as needed. Woodworkers have collections of drills, but what to do when you have to start from scratch? We start with a drill bit of good quality steel, that is within reach for many people: a bicycle spoke!
This step by step Instructable shows you how to make with your bare hands from a bicycle spoke a multi bit wood drill.

The video is shown here:

Step 1: Tools and Materials

As tools you need a hammer, a whetstone and/or a file, a knife or scissers and a chisel. You can use a hammer as anvil. Any hammer is OK. Instead of a sharpening stone, you can grind the spoke on the cement floor or on a stone from the river. As materials you need a bicycle spoke and a strip of rubber from a car inner tyre.
<p>nyce thanks for sharing </p>
<p>nyce thanks for sharing </p>
<p>nyce thanks for sharing </p>
<p>Very nice, could be useful one day in the shop!</p>
<p>Captain Pedantic says: </p><p>&quot;Technically, a hand driven boring tool is an awl. To be a drill it must use some sort of mechanical advantage. Just because 95% percent of the population no longer knows what an awl is, is no reason to slack off. Now, I must be a way, there are a lot of minor terminology errors out there waiting to be corrected!&quot;</p><p>Whooooosh. </p>
<p>Hmmm ... Perhaps I am only Lieutenant Pedantic, but as a woodworker, I would call such a tool a &quot;gimlet&quot; -- &quot;a small tool with a screw point, grooved shank, and cross handle for boring holes.&quot; A true Pedant would note that an awl is &quot;a pointed tool for marking surfaces or PIERCING small holes (as in leather or wood).&quot; (emphasis added). The ROTATIONAL action distinguishes a gimlet (or perhaps a &quot;reamer&quot;) from the PIERCING action of an awl, and what is instructed here clearly achieves holiness via rotation.</p><p>Now, I must be &quot;away,&quot; since there are doubtless many other minor terminology &quot;corrections&quot; to correct ;-)</p>
<p>Could this be called a gimreamer? haha</p>
<p>i prefer my gimlets made with gin.</p>
<p>You Sir, are made of win.</p>
<p>I have a heavy gauge, rusty, old, bent, (not motor cycle) spoke that I've had in My &quot;possibles box&quot; for years knowing I would use It for something. =////=====&gt; Voted and favorited and not with a 3-D Lazer printer thing. . Thank You. ~(:-})={</p>
<p>They also make great needles when repairing car tires, for pulling the wick through the hole. It's a better grip than most handled tools for the task.</p>
<p>Great ible! If we are going to be specific about our terminology this is a form of Gimlet rather than an awl. </p>
<p>cool idea, great for the sizes you don't have a drill for!</p>
<p>Very usefull tool!!</p>
<p>So glad to see people continuing to share techniques not involving 3D printers and laser cutters. I guess that one just found a place in my head for the rest of my days. :)</p>
Our grandfather's and father's have a lot to teach us yet and also necessity is definetly the mother of all inventions. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
<p>Very good information and a clever idea. Thanks for sharing this.</p>
<p>Super Clever!</p>
Zo mooi! dank u wel!
<p>It's good what you did, but using hammer,chisel and a file I wouldn't call this &quot;how to make a drill bit with your bare hands&quot;. Anyway thanks for sharing, good idea. :)</p>
<p>This is really cool. Such a great skill to have in survival situations!</p>

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