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Step 11: Prepare the Drill for Hands-free Use

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With the drill unplugged, use painters tape to keep the button pressed.

Clamp the drill in your vise so the piece is parallel to the ground - supporting the drill as needed. Next, use something with a power switch like a surge protector to plug in the drill so you can turn the power on and off without needing to plug in and unplug the drill to control the power.

Make sure the drill is secure before turning it on.

I expect you could perform the following steps holding the drill with one hand and the sandpaper with the other, though I have not tried it myself. However, in my opinion, having the drill running hands-free makes the following steps easier and more like using a real lathe.