There are certain steps that once the process becomes a habit then the quality of work improves.
using an awl before drilling is one of those steps i have embraced:
|using an awl before drilling|
working on fastening hinges is a perfect example of the value of the this tool.
the awl will make a precisely positioned hole that will guide the drill bit. with out that dedicated hole the drill bit could migrate a bit, offsetting the hole and then getting a cocked hinge.
there is reward in precise mark making.