How to make keyhole slots with a drill

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How to make keyhole slots with a drill
You can drill keyholes easily if you have a steady hand. (Electric drill with a drill on a white background image by terex from

When making coat racks, doors or other interior items for your home, it can help to make keyholes with a drill bit. It can be difficult to make the keyholes straight, but it can be done with a router and a steady hand.

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Things you need

  • Router
  • Keyhole drill bit
  • Wood

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  1. 1

    Mark the keyhole in the centre of the piece of wood you are using. Draw layout lines to indicate the ends of the router.

  2. 2

    Clamp wood to the layout lines to keep the wood steady as you drill with the router.

  3. 3

    Put a square bit into the router. Attach a fence to the router to control how long the slot you drill will be.

  4. 4

    Put the router against the wood, and turn it on. It will slide until it hits the fence, drilling a slot as it goes. Turn the router off, and wait for it to completely stop before removing it from the wood.

  5. 5

    Repeat the procedure for each keyhole you need to drill.

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