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I'm going to suggest two very different methodologies, both of which won't require the purchase of any new bits or any awkward changes to the setup of your drill press (although the first suggestion does make use of the press). Make a drill guide, use that Essentially follow the technique from this Answer to an old Question here, How do I drill a hole ...


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See if you can unbolt the drill press body from the base and turn it so that the drill faces over your workbench unimpeded by its base. Then measure the accurate center, make a small hole with a thin nail, and use a brad point bit (so it doesn't skip around on the end grain surface) to drive into the nail hole. Make sure to secure your drill press carefully ...


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I'd find the center and make a good accurate divot (~1/2" deep or so). Then find a long drill bit -- at least 12". Clamp 3 or 4 narrow strips of wood to the leg so they come up 6-9" above the top of the leg where you want to drill. You'll be able to hit the divot and visually keep yourself in the middle of the sticks. If this isn't clear, ...


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