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Forum topic by Biggamefish posted 01-13-2015 02:21 PM 697 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-13-2015 02:21 PM

I am looking for a table top drill press. That said, I am getting into game calls and have to drill through 3-6 inch blocks. From what I am seeing a lot of the table tops say the quill travel is 3.5 inches. Does that mean that is all (bit) will travel through the wood? Is it worth my while getting a table top if I am drilling deep holes like that or just go for the stand alone?

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#1 posted 01-13-2015 02:45 PM

Quill travel does limit how far into the wood, that a drill bit will drill.
Even floor standing models have similar quill travels.
In order to drill deeper holes….
Drill the initial whole, then (with the stock still in place & the drill off) raise the DP table,
so that the drill bit almost bottoms out. Restart the drill press and lower bit to final depth of cut.
If your stock is really thick, a drill bit extension may be needed.

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#2 posted 01-13-2015 02:47 PM

Not a huge number of floor models that will have 6” quill travel, fewer benchtops. Could horizontal boring on a lathe be at least a partial answer on the really thick stuff?


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#3 posted 01-13-2015 04:53 PM

If you buy a table top d.p., and after you use it for a while, you’ll want a floor model….Been there, done that…

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