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Ray,

Have you tried pushing the brads in with a hot soldering iron? They make their own holes!

Alternatively, you need a speed control for your drill. I have a Micromark "jewellers drill press" which makes life a bit easier, as it isn't a super-high-speed device like the handheld Dremel. And it can be slowed even more with a motor speed control, like the ones sold for fans.
 

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A drill press sure would be handy


Ray,
There are quite a few rigs sold for full-size drills to make them into a drill press. Not great compared with a true press, but good enough for your job.

I recently bought a massive table-top 1/2" drill press for $99 from Home Depot.

Final thought. If you have one of those cordless screwdrivers, there are sets of drill bits available from B&D with hex shanks to fit the quick-release drills and the driver/drill version. A cordless driver/drill running in screwdriver mode will operate very slowly. I use it for drilling soft wood and plastic all the time.
 
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