Had a "quickie" in the shop before sending Ruth to her class. Whipped out the Bosch power drill and started where I left of few hours ago. I couldn't seem to push in any further after going in a short distance. Tried increasing the speed and finally get to the depth I want.
After this, the rest was a walk in the park...
I've to think of a way to deal with the wire, especially when moving the carriage towards the tailstock end. The wire has the tendency to fold into the chip tray. Another thing to look at is some way to cover the scale from chips and coolant. Can't think of anything at the moment.
Hope I can get back to work when I get home later.