Another quick note: if you mark the wood with a center punch (I'm
guessing an 'ice pick' is some sort of center punch), and you clamp
the piece of wood to the table, then if the mark is not EXACTLY under
the center of the drill, then it will pull the drill bit to the side
which results in an angled hole. This is especially true for hard
woods like maple, and long, thin drill bits.
There are a couple ways around this. First is to not clamp the piece
to the table, and slowly lower the bit to the wood until it touches.
This results in the bit pulling the wood towards the center, and you
get less of an angle. The next is to clamp the wood let the drill bit
spin when it's just touching the notch. Let it spin there for ten
seconds or so. This way, if it's not exactly aligned, the drill bit
will be able to cut the notch to a position closer to dead center.
When you think you have the notch centered, raise the drill bit, and
then, looking very carefully from the side, lower the drill bit
slowly. If the end of the drill bit shifts when it touches the wood,
your notch is not centered. Repeat the steps above until it's
centered. Only apply pressure on the drill press once the hole is
Even if you don't use a center punch, you should be careful when
drilling the first 1/2mm to ensure the drill bit tip doesn't wander.