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.

4 comments:

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!
Peggy

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]