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    bricolage, I think pfredX1 has the basis you need for drilling small, precision holes. I was always taught slow in metal fast in wood when drilling. I do a fair amount of drilling in wood, a lot of it has to be precise and I made wood "center punches" from scratch awls. I re-ground the ends with about a 15deg angle and mark the location before drilling. It eliminates almost all of the "wandering" and I use very high speeds for drilling. I also have learned to sharpen my own bits. I think the biggest hurdle for me is ending up with a perfectly centered point. Relief behind the edge is pretty basic and I have separate bits for metal as these are a little more aggressive than my wood bits (I'm just basically impatient i guess!). Before modifying the machine, I would suggest different techniques first. All it will cost you is some time.

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    Old-toolmaker I will have to look into your suggestions, thanks
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    Instead of modifying the casting you could bolt something like a shaft collar that fits the quill to the bottom and this will at least allow you to tighten up one end. You will lose some travel.

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    But with little drills thatís only part of the reason holes can end up in the wrong place, especially in wood. Here are some different strategies I use depending on the hole geometry, drill length and point, and what preparation I can do.

    - Clark

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    Thanks more to consider!😊
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    bricolage,

    Another solution I thought of is the Microlux #82959 drill press sold by MicroMark. It is not cheap at $269 but it has variable speed in two ranges up to 5000 RPM. It is a model makers drill press well suited to the work you do.



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