The best way to prevent splintering is to sandwich
the piece between two pieces of scrap wood.
The top piece needs to be the same size as the work
piece to get accurate alignment.
I will post a shot in a few.
Welcome to the mad house. We like to see the ladies
here, but we ain't changing the drapes.
This is just drilling a hole, very good 1/2" brad point
bit at 1750rpm, more rpm helps prevent the problem,
drilled very slowly and carefully. This is cedar, splinters
worst than pine.
The is with a sandwich board on both sides, same bit same speed,
just punched the bit through.
Another trick is to use a hole punch the same size as the bit and make a cut around the
hole location. The trick is to get the bit centered in the punch. It is not too hard with a
Harbor Freight has a nice set of brad points. The holes in the pictures were done with a
high $ B&D but the HF seem to do as well.