SANDING ON THE DRILL PRESS
Another way to get more value from your drill press is to use it for a different woodworking operation altogether. In my case, I like to use the drill press for sanding. By purchasing spindle sanding drums that are designed for your drill press, turning your drill press into a go-to tool for smoothing out the edges of curved parts is a snap, as you can see at right.
These drums work great, but I do have a couple of suggestions for getting the most from them. First, it’s important to fully “seat” the drum to get good results sanding. To do this, I just make a plywood table with a hole in the center slightly larger than the diameter of the sanding drum (inset photo). Then lock the drill press quill in position to begin sanding. Also, you’ll want to clean the drum periodically with a crepe rubber block to keep it working its best, as shown at the far right of the main photo.