Hi, I received a small 5 speed drill press for Christmas and started using it to drill out the slot for my first full length hidden tang knife. I am drilling in pecan wood that I have lots of from a local lumber mill. I drill like 3 holes in a line and then have to work the bit sideways to wallow out the material in between the holes. I know a small mill would be the ideal way to solve this, but can I use some sort of side cutting drill bit to be more efficient with what I have? What would yall recommend on a beginner's budget? Thanks!