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Why are keyed drill chucks still available for modern tools?

Keyed chucks still get a better grip on any bit. I'm willing to use keyless on my portable drill -- though mine will take a key too, and there are times when I use it. I wouldn't trust keyless on a ...
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Why are keyed drill chucks still available for modern tools?

As @keshlam pointed out. My drill presses both have keyed chucks and it allows much greater torque to put a stronger clamp on the bit. This is really important for larger bits when you get over 1 1/...
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What is the purpose of the side handle on a hand ("eggbeater") drill?

In my younger days, I had only this type of drill with which to bore holes. It was often necessary to place the in-line grip on my chest or belt to apply pressure. A board or similar panel provided ...
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Is it possible to make a combination tool?

This is what the Shopsmith brand tools are known for. They sell tools in a couple of different configurations, such as the Shopsmith Mark V or the Shopsmith Mark 7. Different configurations allow you ...
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Why are keyed drill chucks still available for modern tools?

Self-tightening keyless chuck have similar clamping capabilities as keyed chucks, but the price premium on those types of chucks are significant. For example from the Jacobs site linked, the ...
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Why are drill bits often too short for a pilot hole

A "tiny bit of length" difference between the depth of the pilot hole and the length of the screw shouldn't be a problem in most cases. Notes: The harder the wood, the more critical this ...
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Why are keyed drill chucks still available for modern tools?

As far as the historical side of the question, the two have been in concurrent use for a very long time. Arthur Irving Jacobs invented the keyed drill chuck in 1902 but bit braces and drills were ...
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How to make shallow flat-bottomed hole on 5mm thickness wood slice?

If you have a plunge router, I'd clamp the wood slice from above with a larger chunk of wood. To help a little with maintaining position, I'd tack two tracks onto your worktop. (Make them shorter ...
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Why are keyed drill chucks still available for modern tools?

My cheapie light-duty drill press, which cost less than a good cordless drill, has not only a keyed chuck but a much larger one at that. The key is scaled up in all ways relative to the hand-drill's. ...
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Why are drill bits often too short for a pilot hole

I just want to clamp everything down and do the pilot hole through the two boards in one go. The holes in the two boards should be different sizes: a clearance hole sized for the screw's unthreaded ...
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What is the purpose of the side handle on a hand ("eggbeater") drill?

"A" reason is that a drill may not spin its bit nicely and freely once in a material. If the bit "catches" (does not spin nicely and freely), thee entire apparatus will then be the focus of the torque....
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Is there a drill holster that is not attached to a belt?

Makita drills (and I'm sure others do as well) come with an optional hanger so you can safely hang it upside-down when you are up on a ladder. It is intended to slip into a belt (not the fancy holster ...
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Drill press, chuck falls down. How do I repair?

Does the chuck have a tapered shaft on its back end? That is called a Morse taper, developed for quick-change operations back in the day. The proper way to re-install it is to slide it into place, ...
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What features should I look for when buying my first drill?

Corded drills are good for quick drilling jobs, but they are heavy and require a nearby electrical outlet or extension cord, making them less convenient. My old, cheap corded drill is extremely ...
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Drill a perfectly centred hole in a cylinder

If the hole is big enough to fit a bowl gauge in it (for instance, if you're making a cup), you can get a perfectly centered hole by mounting the cylinder to a lathe and turning it like you would turn ...
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Drill a perfectly centred hole in a cylinder

As a general statement, your idea will work - though precision will be dependent on the quality of a) your drill press, b) the bits used, and c) the 'solidity' of your clamped jig, as well as being ...
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Drill a perfectly centred hole in a cylinder

Do you have a lathe available? If so, here's my answer from a (similar question) If you have a lathe available (you did mention the spindle being turned already), then you have a great way to drill ...
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Decrease the diameter of part of a cylinder

There are multiple ways this can be done. Which one to pick is partly a matter of what method you'd prefer to use (arguably all methods are nearly equally good) as well as what tools you have ...
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How to make shallow flat-bottomed hole on 5mm thickness wood slice?

Either a router or a Forstner (or similar) drill bit are both good ways to make the recesses you want, but in a small piece of wood I think a drill bit is clearly the better option. If you can find a ...
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Cutting a spherical depression in wood

If you want to create this with the tools you mentioned you'll need a "core box" bit. This is a plunging router bit with a spherical profile. To determine the size we'll need to determine the radius ...
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What's a "Brad" and What's a "Lip" When Talking About a Wood Drill Bit?

The "brad" on a brad-point bit is the center point. It bites into the wood easily and helps to keep the bit from wandering when you start your hole. The "lip" is the outer edge of ...
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Self centering dowel jig not centered...How to align correctly?

It feels like the plate with the adjustment bolts is loose and can rock about the main threaded screw. I haven't seen this particular one, but there are a lot of jigs produced in this style and I'm ...
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How is a straight arbor retained and engaged on a drill press?

On something like a drill press, how is a straight shank arbor retained and engaged? I think it's meant to be held in a collet or tool holder for a milling machine. The shank is 1/2", which is a ...
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Old drill press. How do I remove the handle/quill

I don't know what you're facing here, but I thought I'd provide something that might help so this Q doesn't remain unanswered (meaning it will subsequently bob back to the top over the coming months ...
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Is it possible to make a combination tool?

Drills operate at a much slower (factor of 10) rotational speed than routers (~28,000 rpm for routers, ~3000 rpm for drill presses; both should be slower for larger bits). It's therefore not possible (...
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Cutting a spherical depression in wood

You might try using a number of hole saws, starting with the smallest diameter hole saw and cut to the lowest point of the concave hole, then progressively using increasing diameter hole saws cutting ...
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Where can I find a replacement chuck for a drill press?

I concur with Jacob Edmond, part# 1310049 is the part you want. There are a limited range of tapers so other chucks will fit. If you look at Jacob's link note the replacement chuck fits 25 other ...
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How to make shallow flat-bottomed hole on 5mm thickness wood slice?

Using a Forstner or brad point bit or router, you can cut the recess before cutting out your circle and slicing it to 5mm thick. Optionally make a guide and grind off the center spur, if using a ...
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Decrease the diameter of part of a cylinder

Since it's a very small piece, you may be able to make a faceplate that fits into your drill press' chuck or improvise something (e.g., with a hole saw) and mount the piece on your drill press to use ...
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Drill a perfectly centred hole in a cylinder

If there is only ONE workpiece: If you only need to center drill one cylinder, then mark the center, and drill it. How to find the center of a circle If there are multiple workpieces: Yes, your ...
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