Sorry that today’s poll may be a little boring … but I do have a question about a tool that’s found frequently in woodworking shops.
While they may have started as essential machinist’s tools, drill presses have become a workshop staple. Hey, if you need a hole bored straight into a piece of wood, there’s no more accurate way to get the job done. Drill presses also have scores of other uses. Want to bore holes on an angle into a piece of wood? Set the table angle and bore away. Chuck a sanding sleeve in there and you have a spindle sander. You can get a mortising attachment to make it a multi-tasker.
But, then there are the drill presses that sit for a long time collecting dust. I know someone who has no fewer than six drill presses, because other woodworkers give him theirs when they discover they don’t get any use.
Today’s question – just how essential are drill presses in a woodworking shop? Critical pieces of machinery, or a total waste of time?