Hello, I am new to woodworking to be sure. So let my ignorance be known upfront.
I'm trying to drill a perfect, smooth hole into a board with no chipping on the front or back. I have trouble with this.
- I tried different woods (from Home Depot). Common board was a mess all around. Oak was better, but still not perfect. And pine seems somewhere in the middle.
- I have a piece of wood clamped underneath. And then I clamp my working piece on top of that so nothing is moving or sliding. I thought that would solve the problem. It definitely improved it, but didn't fully solve it.
- I've tried using forstner bits and brad point pits. Again, both improved what I was working with, but still not perfect.
I have a $150 5-speed drill press from Sears. I know that isn't exactly an industrial machine. For one, I can't set my drill press speed to exactly match what each type of wood calls for, but I can get somewhat close.
My questions are...
- Am I doing anything wrong that might be obvious to an expert?
- Is there something I'm not doing that I should?
- Is my drill press just too amateurish to really do this? Should I have got the 10 speed or something more expensive?
- Am I chasing a dream that can't be accomplished?
Any help from people that really know this stuff would be amazing!