Drill presses: how much quill stroke?
I was reading about drill presses, and came across a recent article that asserted that a quill stroke of 4″ was the minimum one should consider. Most of the drill presses reviewed in that article had a quill stroke in the 3.5-3.75″ range.
My question is, why 4″? I realize more is better because you’ll be able to drill a deeper hole, but is there something magic about the 4″ mark? I am having a hard time picturing a project that would require holes that deep. The only example that comes to mind is drilling holes for a through mortise in a table leg 4″ thick, but that would be an awfully thick table leg.