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Old October 21, 2016   #159
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Here is an old school trick I use to set mine up roughly.

Take a rod you can bend an offset in so it goes down out of the chuck slants over the the outside edge of the drill press top and then point back down.
Adjust it so it just almost touches the drill press top.
Then rotate the spindle and the pointer will now tell you which way it is out of alignment and how much.

1.25 degrees is a boat load to be out of square, 1.25 degree is 1 degree 15 minutes almost as much as a Morse 3 taper of one degree 26 minutes.
This is also why I think the degree marks on a speed square are worthless.
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