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How to use your Drill Press

November 30, 2018Olen Murriel

Most woodworkers will admit that woodworking projects need perfect holes of various sizes to be drilled into the wood. Although power drills and cordless drills are used for this purpose, a drill press is more precise, efficient and customized to do the same job. The drill press is made with not only a large motor, but also a larger chunk than the other types of drills. Its large motor enables you to drill with larger bits that are difficult to use in a hand drill. A hand drill might not be perfect for drilling square holes on the surface of a board. That makes a drill press one of the must-have tools for a woodworker, whether a starter or an experienced one.

There is no need for guesswork when working with a drill press. The drill is well suited for drilling purposes, regardless of the type of board being drilled. However, for perfect results, you should position the drill press table square to the spindle of the drill press.

Are you having troubles working with your drills? We have provided y with well-detailed articles to help you get the best results out of your drill.


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  1. Drill presses are often floor-standing models, made with tables that you can easily lower or raise to accommodate thick woods and long bits. However, it doesn’t mean that the drill press is not suitable for thin stocks. Small tabletop drills that accommodate such stock are now available on market. You don’t require a large-floor standing drill press if your workshop space is limited.
    Often the drill press spindle is operated through a belt. A pulley originating from the motor runs the belt. The good news is; you can reduce or increase the speed of the drilling press’ bit before you plug your wood stock in In this blog article, you will learn all there is to know about setting up and using your drill press for the best results.
  2. Using a Drill press for your Woodworking Compared to the hand-operated, cordless or power drills; the drill press is ideal for use for actual operations. Thanks to its precision. With a drill press, you can comfortably drill holes in corresponding and multiple wood stocks, especially in doweling. Doweling refers to the use of dowels to joint two planks of wood. The drill press is also ideal for making curved cuts. To learn about the uses of a drill press, kindly read through this article.
  3. Aligning your Drill Press Just like all other power tools, the drill press requires some regular maintenance practices. One of the significant maintenance tips to help keep your drill press in good in condition is checking and adjusting the spindle and saw table alignment. In this article, we have provided you with the best drill press alignment tips to help you keep it accurate, regardless of the size of the hole that you are drilling.
  4. Tuning up a Drill Press Besides aligning your drill press, it is very crucial to give it a tune-up once in a while. Tune-up refers to the regular practice of observing, evaluating, examining and inspecting the parts of your drill press, as well as making repairs in case of defects. As part of the practice, you can also check the condition of the pulleys as well as the quill of your spindle. As an extended practice, ensure that the table top, saw blade, and the belt originating from the motor remain rust free and clean. For more details about the tune-up, please read through this article.
  5. Cutting a Mortise on a Drill Press One of the most exciting functions of a drill press is using it to cut and make rectangular or square mortises, especially for tenon joints. You can create a square by first drilling the hole than squaring it with a chisel, this method is tedious and boring. Your drilling press will do all this with a single plunge of its bit. To understand more about how to cut a mortise on your drill press, kindly read this article.
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