Pictorial guide to drilling dominos…

This is how I drill dominos. I drill them in bulk! I get the tools ready – a cordless drill and drill bit, a wooden board, a foam block, dominos, masking tape and a marker pen. Tip: Do check the drill is charged up… nothing worse than starting and then having to charge it!!


Line the doms up and tape them together, spotted side up (makes it easier to centre the hole…).


I use an old wooden pizza board under the foam block in case I get carried away drilling! I find the foam good for doms which have the brass bit in the middle… Here they are taped to the foam and I have used a Sharpie to mark where to drill on the masking tape, which stops the drill bit from sliding all over the domino.


These are mini dominos for the earrings I am making – it isn’t that the board is huge!!! Now for the drilling:


Light, but firm pressure on the dom with the drill bit – do check if yours has reverse, that it is in the ‘forward’ mode. I have often been drilling in reverse and wondering why I am not getting through the domino! How blonde can you be?!


Reverse neatly back out of the hole…


et voila! 10 neatly drilled dominos, no blood, and very little mess!

Credits: DD for taking the photos and DH for letting me loose with his power tools!! I hope that helps – it’s like everything else – just a matter of practise.

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  1. pat

     /  November 14, 2008

    Way to go Rosie, But all power tools should come in purple or pink lol. Very useful drilling tips. DD took good photies. You’ve got lots of drilling , painting and crafting to do, too please your public. have fun , love Pat xxxx

  2. Thanks so much, Rosie!!!! This is one of the most informative tutorials I’ve seen yet! I have never drilled dominoes, so if I can understand this–and I do–then anyone can do this using your beautiful pictoral instructions! Can’t wait to try this myself, but am so back-logged at the moment, it will be some time before I get to it…XOXO!


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