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STEP 3: BASIC OPERATION 1 - DRILLING SIMPLE HOLES

Before Proceeding, CLICK HERE to see a listing of Safety Rules that will help you avoid Personal Injury.

To view a brief (few-seconds long) video clip of each step being performed click on this icon play video wherever you see it.

Step 1

Set the chuck to the approximate size of drill bit you're planning to use

Insert the bit into the chuck jaws and tighten securely with the chuck key play video

Insert Drill Bit Into Chuck

Insert Drill Bit

Tighten Drill Chuck With Chuck Key

Tighten With Chuck Key

Step 2

Position you workpiece under the bit. Note: Again, as explained in step #7 previously, it is recommended that you use your rip fence as a back-up to prevent your workpiece from spinning during drilling play video

Position Workpiece

Position Workpiece

Step 3

Begin by loosening the quill lock handle on the front side of the headstock... and the quill feed stop handle on the back side of the headstock play video

Loosen Quill Lock Handle

Loosen Quill Lock Handle

Loosen Quill Feed Stop Handle

Loosen Quill Feed Stop

Step 4

Now, lower your bit until its cutting edges (not the point) are touching the top surface of your workpiece.

Lock you bit into this position by tightening the Quill Lock Handle on the front side of the headstock play video

Lower Drill Bit

Lower Drill Bit Edges To Workpiece

Tighten Quill Lock

Tighten Quill Lock

Step 5

Rotate the Quill Lock Dial to the hole depth you want... and lock this setting by tightening the Quill Feed Stop Handle on the back side of the headstock. This will limit the bit travel to this depth.

Now, release the Quill Lock Handle on the front side of the headstock play video

Rotate Dial To Desired Depth

Rotate Dial To Desired Depth

Tighten Quill Feed Stop

Tighten Quill Feed Stop

Step 6

Turn on the machine and adjust the appropriate speed recommended for your bit size and type... and the material you're drilling. Click Here for a chart of recommended speeds.

See How Simple That Was!

Now that you've drilled a simple hole, with your Drill Press, CLICK HERE to move on to the second basic operation, Drilling a Hole In a Round Dowel or Rod

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