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Project by kiefer posted 05-27-2011 04:22 AM 6642 views 14 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got my new drill press a while a go and after lifting it on the bench i noticed it was very high and hard to operate at this hight.
After contemplating how to bring it to a good working hight like cutting down the bench and loosing two drawers in the process i decided to cut down the column by six inches and that did the trick. Looking at the result whith a cup of coffe in my hand i thought why not use up the six inch leftover of the column and put a offset into the column to increase the swing from 13” to 21” and called on my buddy the welder to see if he could weld this for me as i was not sure my original design made out of baltic birch ply would be strong enough.
So here is the result and i got my four more inches from the centre of the chuck to the column !
Now my table fits without cutting a slot for the column into the back.


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 05-27-2011 04:25 AM

everyone now is envious..great idea

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#2 posted 05-27-2011 04:49 AM


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#3 posted 05-27-2011 04:55 AM

Nice move, McGyver! Another to add to my list of shop projects. Thank You!

-- John

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#4 posted 05-27-2011 05:33 AM

Very ingenious. Have you checked it for perpendicularity after the addition?
that is a cool move. I first read the title and it sounded dirty!. I thought you had a porn pic coming with the kink!!!

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#5 posted 05-27-2011 06:14 AM

Your buddy throws a good weld.
Smart idea and execution.
Thanks for showing it.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#6 posted 05-27-2011 10:55 AM

Nice one.

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#7 posted 05-27-2011 12:39 PM

Well done!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 05-27-2011 06:27 PM

Very clever, I may try the same thing.


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#9 posted 05-27-2011 08:01 PM

re: your subject line….”that’s what she said”.. ;)

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#10 posted 05-27-2011 08:19 PM

there goes that warrantee. This is what we call a “special” edition.

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#11 posted 05-28-2011 02:57 AM

thank you everyone for your comments
hope you all took the subject line the right way as there was no kinky stuff intended
yes i checked the alignment of the bit and table today and it is very true
got lucky and my square is bang on
warranty should not be affected as this is only a minor mod and i dont care ( lol )
my wife says she wont loose any sleep over the extra 4 inches
so all is good in kieferland and i am glad you had fun !


-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 05-28-2011 10:36 PM

Good thinking. what an excellent way to get a deeper throat out of a stand tool.

-- Rob, You have failed if you have not tried.

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#13 posted 05-30-2011 03:02 PM

I have been rolling the same idea around in my head for a while now. I have a large floor standing drill press and would love to increase the swing, but I hesitate because I want to be sure it won’t throw off the accuracy.

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#14 posted 07-02-2011 08:22 PM

Very smart idea!

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#15 posted 07-02-2011 08:53 PM

But, is the head still square to the column?

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