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Leaving snapped drillbit in wood

Hey all. This evening my drill-bit snapped in a piece of wood that I was putting a pilot hole in. Only a tiny portion of the bit is sticking out (a millimeter or two). I am assuming I could file that down. Is it a problem leaving the drill bit in? I don't really care if it is there unless it could cause some other issue I'm unaware of. Thanks!

Update: Thanks to everyone who replied. I'm going to leave it in, as the consensus is: NBD. Thanks again!

5 Answers from MyBuilder Carpenters & Joiners

Best Answer

If it's not going to cause injury, and you can't see it, I'm certain it won't cause you any problems In the future.


Answered 25th Nov 2019

If you cut it back with say with an angle grinder/hacksaw or file then it wont cause any problems. no different to a nail in a piece of timber.


Answered 25th Nov 2019

Hammer it below the surface of the wood, using a hammer and nail punch.


Answered 25th Nov 2019

If there is enough sticking out, try getting some molegrips on it to remove it.


Answered 25th Nov 2019

Get some pliers on if you can and twist it out. If that’s not an option a nail punch and drive it in just below the timber and fill it.


Answered 15th Dec 2019

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