Finally, I needed to cut a small slot in the piece as well. So I mounted the end mill in the chuck and-using a threaded cross-slide vise mounted on the drill-press table-was able to satisfactorily do some rough milling of the soft metal. (Be aware that drill-press bearings are designed for vertical-not sideways-thrust. These are not industrial milling machines, so don't expect industrial performance.) Over time, the drill press has become the most versatile shop tool I own, thanks to some good advice from that little voice.