A couple of weeks ago I did a blog posting about my Yule Deer, which require spade drill bits. As I said then, you need a large vise or a way of stabilizing the wood so it doesn’t spin from the force of the bit. Having a drill press also helps. In my case, I had to rely on two people – one to hold tight and the other to drill.
Spade bits are useful little tools. I have used a 1 ½” bit to drill ½” deep circular cutouts on pieces of wood for suet and peanut butter feeders for the birds. Just add a screw eye or a hook at the top for hanging.
My friend, Bruce, used a 1 ½” spade bit to create a fabulous holiday centerpiece for their dining room table by drilling a row of circles along the top of an interesting log. They pop a tea light candle into each circle and for Thanksgiving, and surround the log with mounds of fruit, vegetables, gourds and nuts – sort of an updated cornucopia. For Christmas, they decorate with greens and berries. Simple, but elegant!