drill press speed for wood

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Forum topic by daddywoofdawg posted 04-25-2015 04:41 PM 570 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-25-2015 04:41 PM

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What is a good general drill press speed for wood? I’m not sure if some of my bit’s are dull even though my forstner bit are brand new and never been used,Get a burning wood smell and minor smoking.The press speed was at 5xx rpm, then since I had to open it I increased the speed to something like 1200 rpm.

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#1 posted 04-25-2015 05:12 PM

The chart on my drill press suggests 300 to 600 rpm for forstner bits in hard wood. The larger the diameter, the slower the speed.

Some wood, I’ve noticed, makes that burning smell really easy. Padauk is a prime example. Smells hot and gets bot without much effort.


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#2 posted 04-25-2015 05:14 PM

Here is a chart from Wood Magazine of drill speeds

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#3 posted 04-25-2015 05:16 PM

The speed range varies greatly by the size and type of bit in use. Check out this chart from Wood magazine website.

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