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Hard lessons #6: OOHHHHH! That's why people use drill presses.

2064 days ago by mhawkins2 | 5 comments »

The subtitle of this entry should be, “Greg, you were right and I was wrong.” I must confess I never really saw the need for a drill press. I have a very nice Bosch cordless drill with lots of power. I can drill pocket holes all day long and I have made 32 mm holes with Forstner bits in poplar and birch without problems. I have a great jig for shelf pin holes and frankly thought my holes were perfectly straight for the task. I have even used it to cut 1/2” plugs from Bocote (but not optimally). Recently while making wine balancers for Christmas gifts, I needed to drill 12 holes through 3/4” thick hard woods with a 1 1/4” Forstner bit using my cordle...

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