10 Cool Things to Do With Your Drill

About: I am a domestic engineer, aka. a stay at home Mom. A former science geek, scenic carpenter, and quilter.

I love my drill, and I find that I use it everyday.

Here are 10 cool things you can do with it other than screw screws and drill holes.

Step 1: Electric Mixer

With some recipes, mixing by hand just won't cut it. (Like my yummy Mile High Chocolate Cream Pie.)If you don't have an electric mixer, here is a easy, and fun alternative.

Open the chuck, put the end of a fork in, tighten the chuck, and mix mix mix.

Step 2: Spin Art

This one is lots of fun. I love doing spin art. I recently had my kids make some spin art with an old turntable, but it just wasn't fast enough. The drill is the answer.

you need:
paper plates
markers, crayons, etc.
A bolt and washer

Take a few plates (3 or so) and make a stack. Poke a hold through the stack, and put your bolt through. Put the nut on the other end and hand tighten. Put the bolt into the chuck, and spin.

Step 3: Make Magic Wands

There is a great Magic Wand Instructable

And for step six, you apply glue to decorate. This can be done by hand, but I find it way easier if you use the drill.

Jam one end of the wand onto your screw bit. Poke a screw through a box at the same height, to support the other end of the wand.

Step 4: Plant Spring Bulbs

I love crocuses. I planted them scattered in my front lawn. As long as the squirrels don't get them all, they should be very pretty this spring. My front yard is very compacted.It's almost impossible to dig a hole.

I attached an auger bit to my drill. (We have one that came with our termite poison kit, about 1.5" in diameter)
In less than an hour, I planted 1000 bulbs. Super easy!

Just drill a hole in the ground. I found it best to pull up, while drilling down, gets all the dirt out of the hole. Drill down a few inches, repeat, put the bulbs in all the holes, and cover them up. Done!

Step 5: Build Ikea Furniture

The Hex Wrench...How you're supposed to furnish a house with this one tool, I don't know, but Ikea thinks it's possible.
It can be so frustrating to use this tiny little wrench. Here's a trick. Turn your standard screw bit around, and put it in the chuck backwards. Look familiar? It's the size of the Ikea Hex Wrench. Hooray!!!

Step 6: Install the X-mas Tree

I love x-mas trees, but i HATE crawling under the tree to tighten all the bolts in the stand. Getting all covered with pine needles and sap, while your hands cramp up. It always seems to take forever.
Here's a trick. Put an eye hook in your drill. Hook the hook onto the bolt of the tree stand, and turn. Easy, and much, much faster.

Step 7: Spin Some Yarn.

Okay MacGyver,

You need some string, all you have is a screwgun, a hook, and a stuffed animal. What do you do?

Put the hook into the chuck. Take the stuffing out of the stuffed animal, and twist it in your hand to form some string. Tie it to the hook. Now, gently pull the fibers away, while turning the screw gun.

And ta da, you have yarn. It takes some practice, but it's fun, and the yarn is pretty strong. This is a lot more fun than using a drop spindle, and a nice way to show kids how yarn/string is made from fibers.

Step 8: Make Rope.

There is this really neat tool you attatch to your drill to make rope. It's called the Bradshaw Cord Winder. You can see it in action here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOpomKQe5Oc
But holly cow, is it expensive! (over 100 bucks)

Here is a easy way to make some rope with some grocery bags. First cut the bags into strips. Tie one end to a hook on the drill. Then, twist! Tie a knot on the end when finished.

Step 9: Entertain the Cats

This was sort of a no brainer, after I attempted to make rope, and the cats kept attacking me.
Just tie some rope/string/yarn to a hook on the drill.
The cats go crazy for it!

Step 10: Clean Up the Yarn

Now that your cats have developed a taste for yarn, you'll need to clean up the mess.
Insert a pencil into the drill. Tie on one end of the yarn, and twist. All of you scattered yarn will be wound up on a nice neat spool, and fast.

Well, that's all. I hope you find this useful, and have some fun. Post any other ideas in the comments. I'm excited to see them!

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    3 years ago

    Thanks! Good ideas! If you can find a mini paint mixer drill attachment, they work great for tilling soil and planting bulbs!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    One thing I've used an old battery powered drill for, I connect the drill part minus the battery, to a 4-foot long steel bar, held between two 2X4 wooden uprights, with a shaft collar drilled through the screw hole to the other side, and a 5/32" hole drilled through the side 90-degrees from the screw & through hole, a 5/32" hole drilled through the bar about 1/2 the width of the shaft collar, from the inside of the right upright, and the drill connected to a 12V 1800Ah gel cell through two mini jumper cables, as my winding jig for chain maille ring coils. the variable speed of the drill allows me to slowly wind, and pick-up speed as it gets started, winding a uniform coil along the bar. Then once I get close to the other end/upright, I'll clip the wire an inch from the bar, let it spin loose, then loosely clamp a pair of pliers over the far end, to roll the wire end down to the bar. Then, pull a hitch-clip through the shaft collar & bar, slide the bar out from the drill end, and slide a newly formed coil off the bar. Common sense, wearing safety goggles, leather welding gloves (because sometimes, Yes, I do get caught in the wire, or whacked by the end of the wire. the leather gloves keep me from losing fingers or serious cuts!).. I've been using this jog for 10 years, making coils, Aluminum, Copper, and Steel.

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    There should have been a vid of the CATFIGHT!


    10 years ago on Step 8

    Here's another one: My husband attached the paint mixer attachment to our drill and used it to stir up some serious bubble action in our daughter's bubble bath.


    10 years ago on Step 10

    Another thing you can do with a drill kind of like making yarn is making cables. Take some wire and bend it in half, put the bent part on a eye hook in the drill chuck and hold the other end with some heady pliers. Pull it taught and hold down the trigger till its wound to the tightness you want it.

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    Portable drills and portable screw drivers are great for borrowing toilet paper from your relatives bathrooms. Simply tape an empty roll to the long screwdriver. Tape the end of the paper to the empty roll. Turn the drill on to its slowest speed and load er up. Don't ever steal or do anything illegal.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    the rope out of plastic bags is always a great idea. the rope making group on yahoo had several members do this. one even made it with both longitudinally and latitudinal cut pieces. it seems they are MUCH stronger when cut up and down rather than across. I use my drill like an Egyptian Club to make 3 strand rope all the time too. Nice work on the article. Put it up for the tool contest.


    10 years ago on Step 9

    cool! I'm surprised your kitty doesn't mind the sound of the drill motor! cute!

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    Don't forget a drill makes a perfect paint mixer... I needed to mix paint a whle ago. I had a 2 ft long 1/4in aluminum rod lying around and bent it in the shape of a "J", put that in the drill chuck and voila... instant paint mixer.

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Yes. I used to make an impromptu wisk from wire coat hangers. Perfect for mixing a monster 5 gallon paint bucket.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    yes drills rule. I might suggest a "gator grip" socket- I use that thing all the time! you could also make a pump or a fan- dont forget sanding and cutting either!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Nice work!
    Its a drill, not a screw gun, a screw gun has a thing that automatically feeds screws in front of the bit