An electric drill, the first of our essential power tools. Back the work you're drilling with a piece of scrap to prevent the wood from tearing out when the bit comes through.
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To follow the line when cutting with a circular saw, be sure to watch the blade, not the notch in front of the base plate.
To avoid tearing out chips of wood, push the router forward against the bit's direction of rotation.