10 Bake-sale Basic Machining hacks/Tips and Tricks for your Drill Press.
I cover some of the basics to use your drill press to do some basic machining.

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  1. Dude. I'm sorry to be a downer but milling on a drill press is really NOT a good idea. The fact that you have been lucky so far, and maybe forever, such that that things haven't flown apart yet doesn't mean that at some point it COULD suddenly happen to you or some viewer.
    Here's a video I found (though didn't completely watch) regarding a more cautious stance:

    The tapered shank mount of the drill chuck is a tentative thing but stands up fine to axial load. Applying radial (side) load can cause the chuck to randomly and suddenly fly loose with the cutter attached. Any vibration increases the chance of this happening. This can damage things, most problematic being flesh and bone.

    Believe me, I know this seems like a good idea for solving a problem on a low budget, but there are just a couple minor differences between the design of a milling machine (or mill/drill) and a drill press that make the difference between "dangerous" and a "routine method". They look so similar that the difference isn't apparent, and the problem doesn't show up until some goofball like me points it out – or worse, somebody gets hurt.

    Sorry for the bad news. It's not my style to flag or report anybody's video and I won't do that no matter what. People have to learn from their mistakes. It would be more of a public service if you would NOT delete this video but rather maybe edit some text over it to point out the danger. After all, you were unaware of the danger until now, so it would be good if this video weren't deleted so others who are also unaware might see it with the warning thus learning about the danger.

    I write this as a long-time working machinist with over 30 years in the field and still have all eight fingers 😉 (kidding)

    Thank you for your time.

  2. Do NOT use a drill press for milling. The morse taper fit on the quill and the jacobs taper on the chuck will not retain during side loading. They will eventually come out and then you have a drill chuck with a sharp tool bouncing around your shop. Hopefully you will not be in the way when it comes loose otherwise what you pay on your medical deductible could go to a real mill.


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