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How to Reverse Countersinking

Using a drill to countersink in tight spaces can be difficult. These step-by-step instructions show how to use a nail to reverse the process of countersinking and get the same results.

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  • Time

    30 Minutes

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Flatten the Nail, and Drill a Hole

Use a hammer to flatten out the head and tip of a small nail (Image 1). This will turn the nail into a small blade.

Working from the outside of the drawer, drill a hole in the place you want the countersunk hole (Image 2).

Step 2: Attach the Nail to the Drill

Insert the tip of the flattened nail through the inside of the drawer, and attach the pointed tip of the nail to the drill.

Turn on the drill. Instead of pushing and drilling, pull upward and drill. A few revolutions will produce a perfect countersunk hole.