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Using a drill press for woodworking

Last Updated: 12.08.22


Offering many advantages compared to a handheld drill, the drill press, also known as a bench drill, pillar drill or pedestal drill, is a fixed type of drill. It may be bolted to a workbench or the floor, or be mounted on a stand. A magnetic base grip is featured in portable models to ensure a secure grip on the steel workpiece being drilled. The primary parts of the drill press include the base, column or pillar, table, quill or spindle and the drill head or headstock. The drill head is typically driven by an induction motor. You can find a set of handles on the head, which radiate from a core hub and can be turned to move both the chuck and spindle on a vertical axis.

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How does it work?

The drill press requires application of less effort to work on the stock. The rack-and-pinion mechanism by which the spindle and chuck move offers you significant mechanical advantage. You can outfit the table with a clamp or vise to keep the workpiece firmly in place for safe and secure operation. You can fix the spindle angle in accordance to the position of the table, so holes are drilled consistently and accurately. The powerful drill press motor enables you to use larger bits and faster speeds for smaller bits, so you can utilize the drill press to work on a variety of hardwoods and softwoods.

Most drill press models enable manual modifications to the spindle speed using a special belt that is positioned across a stepped pulley configuration. Other models even have a third stepped pulley for more spindle speed options. A variable speed motor to complement the stepped pulley system is the best option.



For woodworking, you can use the drill press to drill holes, polish your workpiece, sand it, or hone it, using the machine with some special types of bits and files. You can mount honing wheels, sanding drums and a variety of other rotating accessories to the chuck to carry out those tasks.


Mortises had been manually cut by hand prior to the invention of the drill press. The mortise is a rectangular or square hole that serves to accommodate a tenon of the exact same size that has been cut out of a piece of wood to join the two pieces together. If you do not own a mortiser, a drill press will do just fine for mortising. Then, all you have to do is just to square up the edges of your mortise using a good chisel.

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You can also spindle sand with a drill press, which enables you to make a number of curved cuts from a bandsaw or jigsaw become smooth and sanded quickly and with best results, too. You can also do doweling, which strengthens joints in woodworking. Use the drill press to get a strong and durable woodworking joint every time and in less time.


Your drill press is truly an essential part of your woodworking equipment collection that will enhance your creativity and definitely improve your productivity in the workshop. Invest in a good quality drill press to make your woodworking hobby a good place to start earning money in your free time.