Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Bucks County, PA
Feirer's "Cabinet Making and Millwork", c. 1967, says of drill presses, "Their size is determined by the distance from the drill to the column. For example, a 15" drill press will bore a hole through the center of a round piece 15" in diameter".
Now at first this sounds contradictory. What it means is the size is determined by the distance from drill point to column but the actual advertised size is the diameter of the biggest round piece that can be drilled on center, or double the distance from drill to post.
Clear as mud.