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Drill Press

Drill Press
Standard Operation Procedures:

  • You must have specialized training and permission to use the drill press.
  • Wear safety glasses
  • The operator should be trained on the location of the start/stop switches or buttons.
  • Ensure that the guard doors are closed and the blade is properly adjusted prior to turning on the machine.
  • The operator shall be trained to keep the drill press free of tools or other materials.
  • Use only properly sharpened drill bits.
  • Only sockets and chucks in good condition should be used.
  • Dull drill bits, battered tangs or sockets should be removed from service.
  • Do not allow large quantities of chips to accumulate around the work-piece. After stopping the machine, use a brush or rag to remove all excess chips from the table and stock.
  • The operator should be informed not to attempt to oil the machine or make adjustments to the work while the drill press is in motion.
  • A drill chuck key should not be inserted into the chuck until the power is shut off and the machine has come to a complete stop.
  • All belts and pulleys must be guarded; if frayed belts or pulleys are observed the drill press must be taken out of service and the faulty parts replaced.
  • All stock must be properly secured.
Frequently Asked Questions:
  • How to install large drill bits?
    • Step 1: Using a mallet and a knock-out, remove the drill chuck as shown
      • Note: Make sure that the drill chuck jaws are not protruding from the chuck. If the chuck falls, the jaws will get chipped and likely break

    • Step 2: After removing the drill chuck, attach the desired drill bit with the drill sleeve making sure to align the tangs (flat ends)

    • Step 3: Align the drill sleeve in the drill press and secure the sleeve in the drill press snugly

  • How to install small drill bits?
    • Step 1: Using a mallet and a knock-out, remove the drill sleeve and drill bit as shown
    • Step 2: When the drill sleeve and drill bit are removed, separate them using a knock-out
    • Step 3: Reattach the small drill chuck by aligning the tangs (flat ends) correctly and secure the chuck by hitting it with a mallet

  • How to adjust table height?
    • The picture below illustrates how to unlock the table (left hand) and how to adjust the height of the table (right hand)
      • Note: The table will swing around its axis upon unlocking it. Be careful not to rotate the table too far out of the way of the drill

  • How to secure drill bit using a chuck key?
    • The chuck keys are located in a small box next to the drill press. Once you’ve secured your drill bit, insert the chuck key here and turn the chuck key until you cannot turn the key further

  • How to measure hole depth?
    • The ruler shown here is used as a reference so that you may gauge how deep you are drilling into your stock. For easier referencing, you can adjust the nuts and washers to read however deep you need to drill into your stock. In the pictures below, hole depth is measured out to 0.75" into the stock

  • What are/how do I use parallels?
    • Parallels are used to ensure that you do not drill into the table or vice. Position the parallels across from one another such that your stock rests comfortably on top of them
      •  Note: It’s important to make sure that your stock is sturdy on top of the parallels. More than 2 parallels may be necessary for this to happen

  • What do I do if I need to drill through my stock?
    • When drilling through stock, make sure that either parallels are used, or you have a small block of wood is below your stock. These ensure that you will not damage the vice holding your stock, and will help maintain a safer work bench 
  • What do I do if there is no drill bit in the tool box that I need?
    • Talk to a staff member. They should be able to locate one in the Tool Room