Jason Poel Smith demonstrates four ways to use a power drill for everyday kitchen tasks, by attaching a cheese grater, whisk, scrubbing sponge, and my favorite, a pepper mill. I get a kick out of imagining the waiter at a fancy restaurant, power drill in each hand, speedily delivering freshly ground pepper and grated cheese to restaurant patrons.

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Laura Cochrane

Laura Cochrane

I’m a DIY editor at Instructables and I used to be an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, rock climbing, and etymology.


  • http://tiefpunkt.com/ Severin // tiefpunkt

    Some guy at our hackerspace has been doing stuff like that for a while. We made him a soup gorup after a while: http://abrockdrillingatthings.soup.io/ He once made an adapter for a meat grinder to be used with an electric drill.

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  • Abraham King

    Surely any establishment fancy enough to offer both fresh ground pepper AND grated cheese would opt for a quick-change attachment and a single drill motor!

  • miroslava von schlochbaum

    This with nary a nod to Alton Brown? (e.g. http://www.instructables.com/id/Automatic-Pepper-Grinder/ “My inspiration for this instructable came from the show “Good Eats” with Alton Brown.”)

  • http://pushtheotherbutton.wordpress.com Michael Colombo

    In college I had a friend with a hand-turned coffee grinder. Well, you can imagine what we did to it :)

  • http://www.mission-wohntraum.de Christian
  • http://rasterweb.net/raster/ raster

    I’ve always wanted a bandsaw in the kitchen. Imaging how easy it would be to slice a loaf of bread or a frozen pizza!

  • http://twitter.com/robcruickshank Rob Cruickshank (@robcruickshank)

    Spade bits at low speed are great for hollowing out vegetables. I’ve used them to make carrot-based musical instruments, but you could also make, say, a tuna-stuffed baked carrot or something equally delicious.

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  • lily

    Surely any establishment fancy enough to offer both fresh ground pepper AND grated cheese would opt for a quick-change attachment and a single drill motor!