Category:Drill Presses

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Drill Presses

A tool species is a logical grouping of tools based on similarity of function, use, and safety.

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This document is an internal Artisan's Asylum training document and is provided "as is", to be used as a reference only. Use of this document for any purposes other than as reference material (i.e., for the purposes of training and testing users on tools or equipment by other commercial entities or individuals) is not advised. In no event shall the authors of this material, or Artisan's Asylum, Inc., be liable for any claim, damages, or other liability whether in action or contract, arising from, out of, or in connection with the use of the information in this document for training, testing, or on-going safe use of fabrication equipment. Please consult your own lawyers and subject matter experts if you are looking to develop your own safety curriculum for fabrication equipment operation. Tool operators are responsible for their own safety, including reading and understanding the owners manual for this equipment and all of the warnings it contains.


Personal Protective Equipment

  • Standard shop personal protective equipment (safety glasses, tie back long hair, no flowing clothes, etc.) are required.
  • No gloves, no bracelets.

Safe Operation

Prohibited Operations

  • Do NOT drill freehand, off the table. Workpieces must be secure.
  • DO NOT USE wire wheels, router bits, shaper cutters, circle (fly) cutters, or any other tool that is not a drill bit.
  • DO NOT exert side pressure on drill bits to widen holes.


  • Prevent workpiece rotation
    • Hold firmly for small holes in wood
    • Brace against a fence
    • Clamp to table
    • Hold in vise
  • Loosen the table height lock before attempting to raise the table
  • Hold drill bits while both installing and removing from the chuck. Tighten the chuck with the chuck key. Return the chuck hey to its holder.
  • Make an air pass to verify the bit will not drill the table or vise
    • Drill through the center hole in the table
    • Use a sacrificial board to protect the table
    • Use the depth stop and make a partial cut
  • Make sure all locks are tightened before drilling.
  • Use the recommended speed for the size of bit and material. Unplug the machine before changing belts.


  • Clear the table of all objects (tools, scraps of wood) before starting
  • Let the spindle reach full speed before starting to drill.
  • Watch the drill bit to make sure it does not wobble or vibrate.
  • Use appropriate cutting fluids while drilling into metals.
  • Drilling metals should produce nice chips that do not show extreme signs of heat
  • Drilling wood should never produce smoke - reduce spindle speed, clear chips, or get a sharp bit
  • DO NOT force the drill too hard, and let the cutting tool do the work. “Peck” the drill to clear chips from the hole.
  • Ensure the spindle has come to a complete stop before touching the workpiece.
  • Keep all guards in place and in working order.

Post Operation

  • Return drive pulleys to the slowest speed
  • Return bits to their index
  • Clean the table and floor

Allowable Materials

  • Wood only on wood shop drill presses; no wood on metal shop drill presses.

Pages in category "Drill Presses"

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