- Chuck a 1.5” Milwaukee self-feed bit.
- Clamp down a piece of 4” x 6” oak to the table. Mine was about 8 feet long so I had plenty of leverage holding the other end in one place. The far end was clamped to my bench.
- Start boring!
- In fear of either, a) killing yourself with a 60-pound spinning oak timber, or b) breaking your drill press, continually pull the bit up as the self-feed tip starts to take a good hold.
Part-way through the second 4+” deep hole my chuck and bit plopped off and sat peacefully in the hole staring back at me. I was a bit startled. After making sure my head was still attached and all limbs sill in tact I found this pretty amusing. I didn’t get any pics, and was planning to take a couple if it came off again – I had several more holes to bore. But I guess the couple whacks I gave the chuck with some scrap were enough to seat the chuck well.
If you’re wondering what I’m doing with 4×6 oak timbers. It’s for a little deck-like sitting platform that I’m making into a much bigger project than it needs to be. But hey, I took a timber framing class last fall, and couldn’t pass up this opportunity. If I ever finish it I’ll post it on the projects page. Keep you eye out this time ‘08 or ‘09.