"It's a hobby. It's supposed to take a long time." --Unidentified member of the New England Model Engineering Society.
Can't help you much on mandrel use. I bought a few used ones, eons ago, and I've never used them. I generally make a stub mandrel, in place, as the need arises. But I'd guess:
Press on only firmly enough so the work stays in place, take light cuts.
Hole size shouldn't be affected significiantly.
If you're planning to use a collet to hold the mandrel, why not make a stub mandrel?
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