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 avoid tearing out chips of wood, push the router forward against the bit's direction of rotation.
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.