drill press


Definition of drill press

: an upright drilling machine in which the drill is pressed to the work by a hand lever or by power

Examples of drill press in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Use a drill press to bore a 5/32-inch hole through the center of each part. David Agrell, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Gift: A Handmade DIY Dino Toy," 12 Dec. 2020 Remove the waste inside the mortise lines using a 1/2-inch diameter bit in the drill press [7] or with a portable drill and a doweling guide. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Kitchen Table That Will Last Generations," 14 Nov. 2020 With the drill press and a 5/32-inch-diameter bit, bore and countersink pilot holes in each block. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Kitchen Table That Will Last Generations," 14 Nov. 2020 Bore a 3⁄8-inch hole in each slat with a drill press or a drill with a guide attachment. Ted Kilcommons, Popular Mechanics, "This Modern Adirondack Chair Is a Great Woodworking Challenge," 18 July 2020 One jig for the drill press helps to ensure accurate drilling. Ricard Romanski, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build Your Very Own Indoor Firewood Rack," 8 Feb. 2020 The most impressive equipment — sturdy and useful enough for the college — were a Powermatic drill press and a band saw as tall as an NBA player. Los Angeles Times, "A band saw, a drill press and $2.3 million. College celebrates largest donation ever as ‘transformative’," 14 Oct. 2019 The burglaries included several laptops, saws, a drill press and handheld power tools, which were taken from a shed in the school’s courtyard at 555 Portola Drive, according to the team’s GoFundMe page. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "The Scanner: SF mayor ‘beyond frustrated’ with Mid-Market crime, drugs," 10 Feb. 2020 If your drill press table tilts, set it to 12 degrees. Popular Science, "Build the three-legged stool you didn’t know your home needed," 25 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of drill press

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

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25 Dec 2020

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“Drill press.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drill%20press. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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