How to Drill Holes for Cords and Wires in 3 STEPS

So yesterday we chatted about our desk updates, and I briefly talked about the hole we drilled in the top of the desk to fish our wires through. I’m sure you’ve seen these holes, but if you’re anything like me, that’s about the extent of knowledge you have of ’em… or ever want to have about them. Trust me, I get it.
2 years ago I never ever would have imagined that I would have even thought twice about these random holes ever, let alone create one all by myself! Who am I?! Since when do I know what a hole-saw is, what a grommet does, or how the heck those holes get there? I’m not sure when this “hole” thing changed, but I promise I’m still pretty darn clueless with power tools and I survived this DIY alone. No boys allowed! And not only did I survive, but dare I tell you that this is so darn easy (and cheap!) Like less than $10 cheap…

All you will need:
Power Drill
Hole Saw Drill Bit to put into the drill (run about $5-8)
Grommet (Plastic cover to put inside the hole, come in a variety of colors for like $2)

Rookie Tip: Purchase the hole saw bit based on the desired size of your hole. They come in all sorts of diameters. I went with the 2″ diameter, and therefore I also bought the 2″ grommet so that it would fit into the hole. Not rocket science, if you buy a 1 1/2 hole saw, can you guess what size grommet you should buy?

Now onto the super simple steps to create one of these super official looking holes while making yourself feel like you actually know what you’re doing for 2.5 seconds.
Step one: connect the hole saw onto drill, you attach it just like any other drill bit.
Step two: Place the hole saw onto the area that you would like to drill your hole. Apply pressure (lots of muscle!!) onto the wood and push the drill through the entire surface. Before you know it, your hole is cut! The wood from inside of the hole will probably stay stuck in the hole saw. Simply stick a screw driver into one of the holes on the side of the hole saw to pop that piece right out.
Step three: Make sure your grommet fits. Just put the piece of plastic into the space and it should fit perfectly, almost like a “cap” in the hole. Because I was painting my wood white, I bought a white grommet.

I removed the white, plastic grommet to prime and paint the wood and keep the piece looking clean & professional. Once I was finished with the wood, I stuck that grommet right back into place and was left with a professional and “finished” looking hole for cords that blended right in with the rest of the white desk. Mission accomplished!

It really was that easy (girl scout honor). I would highly recommend giving this process a try and tackling it as a do-it-yourself mini project. I always noticed the random holes on top of desks, but little did I know that all it took was ONE new drill-bit for under $10 and a little extra muscle to create my very own.

 

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  • Komrad

    Thanks! I found this article useful because I needed to put a whole for cables into an existing apartment bookshelf built into the wall.