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Instead of a Drill/Driver, Use Gimlets and a Yankee

With a set of gimlets, you don’t run the risk of a bit skittering away or accidentally drilling too deep, as often happens when using a power drill. Just give these slim tools a few easily controlled cranks and they'll quickly bore pilot holes between 5/64 and 3/16 inch in diameter. Approximately $14 for a set of 7; Garrettwade

To drive screws into those holes, pick up a Yankee driver. Its shaft spins as you push the handle, for a driving motion that's as gentle as it is quick. Approximately $64; Tools for Working Wood
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