Learning through actual hands-on training is what the Shopsmith Woodworking Academy is all about. In these Academy sessions, attendees learn all about setting-up and using the five basic modes of the Shopsmith MARK V, as well as the Bandsaw, Jointer, Scroll Saw and other Shopsmith Major Accessories.
In this article, we’ll explain the different drilling operations that can be performed with the MARK V in the vertical drill press mode. And although the illustrations shown here depict the use of an earlier Model 500 machine, these operations are identical for any model machine. See your MARK V Owner’s Manual for additional set-ups and information.
The Basics --
There are basically two types of holes that can be drilled. Through holes and stopped holes. To bore either type, begin by setting-up your MARK V in the vertical position. Turn on the machine and dial-in the correct speed for the type bit and diameter of hole you’re drilling.
Turn the machine off and mount your bit in the drill chuck. Complete the setup for the operation you wish to perform according to the procedures shown here. Before you do anything else, review this issue’s Safety Tips column, covering drill press safety.
Important Note --
Always place scrap blocks under and/or behind your workpiece to protect the table surface or rip fence when through-drilling. These back-up blocks are also a valuable aid in preventing splintering on the exit side of your holes. Be sure to move these scrap blocks slightly after boring each hole so you always have a flat, firm surface to back-up each new hole.
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