Drill Press Primer
Anatomy and use of a woodworker's standby
Synopsis: Bernie Maas says that while the drill press is a premier hole maker, it makes quick work of mortises and it’s quiet and fairly safe to use. He explains benchtop and floor-standing drill presses, their parts and purposes, and safety. He details how to maintain good quality: controlling feed rate, pressure, and speed. He explains how to bore and what to use to protect your bit and table, and addresses fixtures and table vises, as well as other functions and accessories. Side information addresses choosing the right bit and how to keep it sharp.
If your solutions to boring holes have been a wrist-cracking brace and bit and an ear-straining electric drill, then you’ll break into a smile when you crank up a drill press. Originally devised for metalworking, the drill press offers the same professional results for woodworking: consistently accurate holes. While the press is a premier…