Handheld drills are useful and flexible, but when it comes to accuracy and control, you need a drill press. A drill press lets you precisely determine the placement and angle of the hole as well as its depth. It has the power and leverage to drive bits easily, even in hard stock, and lets you raise and lower the bit repeatedly without ruining the shape of the hole. Because drill presses are built for metalworking, there are a few alterations that you need to make to get the most out of this machine for woodworking. After that, you'll wonder how you ever did without one.

From Fine Woodworking #216