A drill press is an essential woodworking tool for building a baby crib. The holes within the rails must line up perfectly or you will have problems getting a structurally sound, non-wobbly baby crib frame. With a template, drilling holes with a cordless or corded drill is possible. Just make sure you have unlimited time and plenty of patience. Otherwise, there is a better way to build a baby crib from woodworking plans—a drill press.
What is a drill press?
A drill press (aka pedestal drill, pillar drill, bench drill) takes the basic operation of a cordless drill and gives you more accuracy and precision. This woodworking tool (and metalworking tool) is mounted on a stand or bolted to the floor, so your woodworking project must come to it, instead of the drill going to the wood. Handles move the chuck and drill bit down into the correct drilling position. Holes can then be made to different sizes, depths, and angles.
Hand-held drill or drill press for woodworking?
Even though your workshop is packed with plenty of other woodworking tools, you should make room for both a hand-held drill and a drill press. The advantages of a hand-held drill are that it can be maneuvered easily into most positions (for when your woodworking job is too big, too immobile, or too unstable to be trekked to the drill press) and the hand-held drill can drill at longer intervals than a drill press (due to the drill press column, distances are limited to about 14 inches). Handheld drills are also less expensive than drill presses, which is an important perk to the budget-conscious beginner woodworker.
At the same time, a drill press can perform several woodworking tasks that a hand-held drill cannot (easily). A drill press takes less effort for drilling holes quickly and accurately, boards can be secured to the drill press table for added safety, and variable speed changes and angle changes can be made consistently. Further more, sanding drums, honing wheels, and other woodworking accessories can be installed in the chuck for enhanced flexibility.
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How to operate a drill press
Think a drill press isn’t a simple woodworking tool to operate? Just look at this video! That’s all there is to it. (If you want more information, the U.S. Department of Energy offers a drill press operation study guide.)
Your Next Steps
If you’re going to invest in any woodworking tool, you should know how to use it and how to maintain it. Otherwise, it will be ineffective and eventually useless to you. This is especially true when you’re setting out to build a baby crib.
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In 101 pages, you will learn:
- How to choose a drill press, cordless drill, or corded drill
- Required and optional accessories for your drill press
- Basic drill press techniques
- Drill press safety tips
- How to maximize tool performance
- How to perform maintenance and repairs
- And you even get some simple drill press projects for practice