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How to Drill Paper

Jeffrey Brian Airman

A paper drill cuts clean holes through large stacks of paper without causing damage. A large quantity of paper sheets can be difficult to press through with a standard hole punch. Drilling into paper with a handheld drill may cause uneven holes, tears and even heat burns. Paper drills cut through paper quickly using hollow metal drill bits that leave smooth, clean holes. Make uniform holes in a big stack of paper by carefully operating a paper drill.

Paper drills can perforate 2 inches or more at once.
  1. Review the owner's manual and manufacturer's warnings before using the paper drill for the first time. Floor and countertop paper drill models include a variety of safety features, options and settings. Understanding the capabilities and limitations of the paper drill you're using will improve the quality of your work on the machine.

  2. Plug the paper drill into a grounded three-prong electrical outlet and turn the power on. Adjust the bits or settings on the paper drill to the configuration you need for the project. Most paper drills have at least five different hole options.

  3. Apply a thin coat of the wax-based drill bit lubricant to all the bits you plan to use. Wipe down the flat loading surface under the bits and remove excess lubricant with a shop cloth.

  4. Tap the stack of papers on a flat surface until both sides are even. Load the stack into the paper drill according to the manufacturer's directions. Do not overfill a paper drill beyond its capacity as it may damage the machine and the paper.

  5. Engage the paper drill to drive the hollow drill bits through the stack. Some paper drills have a lever that pulls down to engage the drill, while other models have a button that sends the drill through the paper. Check the paper drill for a safety button or latch if you're unable to activate the drilling press.