How to Square up a Drill Press Table: 3 Easy Methods

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How to Square up a Drill Press Table

Here are the easiest methods on how to square up a drill press table! Drill press tables are used to create square holes in metal, but sometimes they become unlevel.

This causes the drill bit to wander and makes it difficult for you to drill straight holes. There are a few different ways that you can fix this problem.

How to Square up a Drill Press Table

Below are the easiest methods to square up a drill press table.

Method #1

Use the squares to ensure that your drill bit is perpendicular to the workpiece. This method works great for round or flat surfaces. However, it can be tough to use on angles and miter cuts because you won’t have anything to reference off of.

The first thing you need to do is place a piece of scrap wood on the table under where you will be drilling.

Next, take one of your squares and hold it up to that scrap board so that they are touching at 90-degree angles. Make sure to use the side with the “V” notch in it (if there is no v-notch, then flip it over). If your drill bit isn’t perpendicular to this square, adjust accordingly until both corners are perfect.

Once you have achieved this markdown exactly what position was needed for each corner, and, if possible, write them somewhere on or near your drill press itself so next time there’s no guesswork involved.

Method #2

Place a straight edge across all four sides of your drill press table and adjust those corners until the straight edge is perfectly flat. If you have a square and it doesn’t line up to your cut, you likely need to adjust on one side or another (and if that’s not an option, use method three).

Method #3

This last way requires very little equipment but does take some time and patience, which isn’t always easy for everyone. We would first mark out where the bit will be touching at all four corners of my drill press table like mentioned in Method Two above.

Next, check each corner with a square by simply placing them under the bit itself as pictured below; this won’t be 100% accurate but should give enough information about whether or not adjustments need to be made along the way.

If everything is perfect, great job! If not, you’ll need to adjust the height of each corner so that they are all perfectly straight with your square again. You can do this by turning one bolt at a time or using different bolts to raise and lower the corners until it lines up correctly (just make sure nothing touches when doing this).

After you have achieved perfection, markdown exactly what position was needed for each corner on or near your drill press itself, so next time there’s no guesswork involved, then simply go back over those steps in reverse order to re-square your table. Back up after use!

Now that we know how easy it is to square up our drill press tables, let’s get started! You can also read our post about putting a hole in wood without a drill and know more about core drills!

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