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Old 21st June 2005, 05:11 PM   #1
xyrium is offline xyrium  United States
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Default Might need a drill press

So I picked up a Hitachi KM12VC, a Jasper jig, a grizzly vice table, and and a few bits. Now, do I really need a drill press to drill the piot hole, or will the approximate work of my hand drill do just fine?

I was considering a Wilton press, but had no idea what this brand was like:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...&s=hi&n=552784

Otherwise, both Delta and Grizzly make 10" presses with slightly less *claimed* power though.

Thanks,
Paul
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Old 21st June 2005, 07:07 PM   #2
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You can get a drill press adapter for your hand drill for like $15 on Ebay. I doubt you need a heavy duty drill press to drill something equivalent of a pilot hole. Having said that, I use a new drill press purchased on Ebay for like $40 shipped.
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Old 21st June 2005, 07:48 PM   #3
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So I picked up a Hitachi KM12VC, a Jasper jig, a grizzly vice table, and and a few bits. Now, do I really need a drill press to drill the piot hole, or will the approximate work of my hand drill do just fine?

I was considering a Wilton press, but had no idea what this brand was like:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...&s=hi&n=552784

Otherwise, both Delta and Grizzly make 10" presses with slightly less *claimed* power though.

Thanks,
Paul

I've done hundreds by hand, and hundreds with a drill press. There can be some binding with pilot holes drilled by hand, but if you're careful it usually isn't a problem. Be most careful when routing small holes, there isn't as much material on the Jasper jig, so it could break.

Scott
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Old 22nd June 2005, 10:38 AM   #4
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Thanks guys. I'll be trying a few practice holes on spare MDF when the router gets here. I also got a nice new pair of goggles, though I ordered the rubber strap instead of the cloth, big mistake...
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