(Originally from here)
The Shop in Bray Lab has a Delta DP300 Shopmaster 12-Inch Drill Press. It can drill holes in a variety of materials, including plastic, wood, and metal, depending on the bit used.
- Prevent workpiece rotation by clamping your piece to the table
- Adjust height of table to make drilling comfortable for you by loosening the table height lock and raising/lowering the workspace to your liking
- Install proper drill bit- make sure you hold the bit while installing and removing from chuck, tighten chuck with chuck key, Remove Chuck Key
- Make sure all locks are tightened before you begin drilling
- Clear table of all extra objects before starting the machine
- Select appropriate spindle speed before starting the drill press
- Don’t force the drill too hard-let the tool do it’s job
- Drilling should never produce smoke; if this happens use spray coolant, reduce the spindle speed, clear out the excess chips, or get a sharp bit
- Don’t touch your piece until the spindle has come to a complete stop
Make sure bits are returned to their proper location.