05-19-2013 05:28 PM
I need some help in leveling my bench top drill press. I can adjust side to side but there is no adjustment front to rear. So when drilling through a thicker piece of wood the hole on the bottom side is not in the center.
Any suggestions and help is appreciated
05-19-2013 06:18 PM
Perhaps an auxiliary top shimmed in the front or back until 90* to the bit.
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05-19-2013 06:58 PM
Right below the bolt you loosen to adjust side there should be a set screw. Loosening the screw drops the front down, tightening it will raise the front. Small movements of the screw yields big movement of the table so take care when adjusting. If there is not a screw shimming is the only option.
05-20-2013 09:02 AM
Is the work tapered in thickness? That would exit the drill off center but not much.
Very small (<3/16") dull drills in thick stock, will exit willy nilly.
What size (length and diameter) drill and what thickness stock?
Drilling down end grain?
Never expect the drill to exit on center no matter what style and sharpness of drill.
Very few drill press tables have 4 way squareness adjustments.
Stuff you must consider for close order drilling.
05-20-2013 10:43 AM - edited 05-20-2013 10:45 AM
I'll agree with Handy Dan, look for a set screw a little below the nut you loosen to tilt the table sideways. You probably could place a small shim ( tape, foil, etc) between the part that is attached to the column and the table if there is no set screw. Mine is a cheap drill press but it has the set screw.
Place a bent piece of wire in the chuck , like a squared Z shape and rotate by hand to see where the table needs to go. Roly