There are situations in life that require an immediate solution to the problem. A broken drill is one of those cases where you don’t have to run to the store for a new one, but you have to get the job done here and now. Of the materials at hand, almost everyone in the house has an ordinary nail, which will help solve the problem – to build a drill.


  • a Materials and tools needed
  • 2 Work process
  • 3 Drill hardening
  • 4 Advantages of nail drills

Materials and tools needed

To make a homemade drill you will need:

  • nail, its dimensions depend on the desired exit hole;
  • hammer;
  • grinder;
  • file or scissors for metal;
  • Welding machine;
  • a small amount of graphite for the manufacture of hard metal drills.

Work process

  1. We grind the tip of the nail with a grinder halfway.
  2. Using a hammer, we beat the ground end of the nail to the state of a flat screwdriver.
  3. We return to the emery machine and make cutting edges from different sides. Precision is not required, but the nail should take on the appearance of a drill.
  4. Cut the head of the nail with a file or scissors for metal.

At this stage of work, the homemade product is ready to drill holes in wood, plastic and some types of soft metals. If the drill is needed for harder materials, we keep improving it.

Drill hardening

Here you will need crushed graphite and a welding machine. Graphite can be obtained from batteries, pencils, or an old graphite brush, which needs to be filed down into a powder. Graphite powder is poured onto a metal substrate, a piece of galvanized profile or a metal pot.

We connect the minus of the welding machine to the nail, and the plus to the base of the substrate. We turn on the welding machine, setting the inverter to the minimum values.

The curing process begins by carefully running the edge of the nail over the graphite. It is important to prevent the nail from touching the substrate and burning the graphite. We move the nail gently and slowly, we observe that the graphite shimmers shimmering. Lift the nail when you see that the contact point has warmed up. The whole process takes about 3-4 minutes. A homemade hard metal drill is ready, you can safely use it.

Advice! Use a variety of lubricants while drilling to prevent friction. Apply a little oil to the work surface and cutting edge. Remember to take breaks to cool the edge and the drill site.

Advantages of nail drills

Simplicity and affordability are the main advantages of homemade nail drills. The manufacture of a product does not require a large amount of materials and tools, all of them can be found in any home workshop. These drills are durable, so the masters use them for a very long time.

Of course, the easiest way is to buy a drill in the nearest store. However, the choice is always up to each of us. Here we have indicated a method that will help solve a problem that suddenly arose with our own hands by improvised means. Maybe this skill will come in handy in life. For example, those who enjoy working with their hands, learning new skills and simply spending time with the children in the workshop, sharing a common passion and introducing them to work.