|Project by Homebrew||posted 03-26-2013 03:09 AM||3788 views||21 times favorited||16 comments|
This whole project nearly happened out of nowhere. It all started out when I was trying to find a way to build Stumpy’s drill press table into my much too small HF benchtop drill press. I figured the best way was to try and increase the overall length (the tube) and well I couldn’t find anything local/soon enough that was the right size. I tried a tube just a little too tight…and ended up breaking the base of the drill press in the process. Fast forward 24 hrs and about 5 spins of neil young’s greatest hits…I found a floor model 16 speed 3/4 HP drill press on CL for under 100 bucks. Killer deal. Works fabulous. As my press was laying upside down on the floor I remembered Stumpy’s sharpening center and everything clicked. Without the MDF circles and compound, I wouldn’t have even thought of it. Only took me a day and I did everything on the fly.
The case is sandeply, the circles and the base are mdf. I also put some expanding foam inside the bottom of the case to surround the drill press, which supported it nicely and kept everything snug so that I could get the table coplaner with the honing disc. The disc is from an old orbital sander with a bolt threaded through. I only used two discs so far and two types of compound was needed. Both from harbor freight, black compound and green compound. I didn’t use any sandpaper whatsoever and it only took me about 20 min from start to finish to bring one of those cheap HF wood chisels to a mirror polished, razor sharp edge, with a micro bevel. I even gave about 5 minutes up waiting for things to cool down a bit in between the two compounds.
I once thought, I’ll be power tools only. But I’ve been using crappy chisels for months on various tasks. This is going to make me love using the ebay hand planes I’ll be buying and SHARENING soon. Overall, I couldn’t be happier.
I’d be more than happy to answer any questions.
-- Scott Rieman