Wednesday, June 09, 2010

An Ode to my Drill Press, An Art Charm Maker's Perspective

Technically it’s not ALL mine – it’s mine and Jerry’s. When our most recent wedding anniversary rolled around, I told Jerry we should get a drill press as our anniversary present to each other. Guess what? He thought it was a great idea! (big surprise, huh?)

Don’t get me wrong – you don’t need to invest in a drill press to make Art Charms – I’ve successfully made holes in hundreds of charms with Jerry’s handheld drill. It’s heavy and cumbersome, but it does get the job done.

Here are five reasons why I love my our drill press:
1. The laser cross-hair makes locating my pre-marked drill spots a snap.
2. I can hold a tiny Scrabble tile securely with one hand and operate the drill press with the other without worrying about putting a big hole in my finger.
3. I drilled about 20 Scrabble tiles in less than 10 minutes – would have been at least ½ hour with the big handheld drill and I would have wound up with a stiff shoulder and neck.
4. Holes are straight and true to measurements.
5. The Scrabble tiles didn’t spin around and around and get jacked up, wasting time and materials.


Peggy said...

Aw, Chris, you beat me to the punch--or the press, in this case. I just wrote about MY new drill press. TOOL TIME!

Chris said...

Whoo-hoo Girlie - I can't wait to hear all about it!

Barbara said...

Thanks for sharing your experience with this beauty. I hope I get big enough in the world of jewelry - charm - mixed-media making to purchase one too! My first visit, btw.

Chris said...

Barbara, thanks very much for stopping by my blog and leaving such kind comments! I don't know that you need to be "big" in mixed media art in order to qualify for a drill press - I imagine that the right one will find its way to you when you're ready! [grin]