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Question- How Do You Turn A Cheap Drill Press Into a Precision Wood Working Machine??

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Project by BusterB posted 263 days ago 1903 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Answer: Sell it in a yard sale and go buy a really good one!!!! lol
If you are not interested in going to quite that extreme yet, you could try building an adjustable drill press table to make it work a little bit better until you can pick up that Powermatic or Jet. Built this one out of 3/4 plywood I salvaged out of my tablesaw cart. I slotted the fence and table which allows me to adjust the fence from the support post all the way over to the chuck. This could have been accomplished by just slotting the table but my quality control department was asleep at the wheel and didnt stop me when I slotted the fence base thinking it would give me the travel I wanted. Had a long talk with Barney the shop dog (head quality control official) about this and based on his response I am thinking he really isnt likely to improve anytime soon. Oh well, I tried.
I also posted a couple of pics of my Shop Notes shop stool build. I saw the plans in last months magizine and pretty much dismissed it. After seeing a couple of the cool builds that were posted on here, I revisited it and tossed one together out of some more of that TS stand 3/4 plywood and the salvaged casters. Once I tried it out, am thinking it may see quite a bit of use after all. May have to retire that cement block I usually use when working close to the floor….lol Still gotta find me some of those cool ring handles and no David (bluekingfisher) I will not be stenciling the “No Step” warning on it…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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Todd Barrone

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#1 posted 263 days ago

Your too funny bro! I like the builds, I need to get me a drill press one of these first days. As long as it works that’s all you can ask for. Don’t fire the QC dog, just give him a treat during the build and it will hold his attention. LOL

-- "Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway" John Wayne https://www.facebook.com/BarroneContracting

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BusterB

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#2 posted 263 days ago

Todd- Thank you my friend. Ole Barney is pretty fickle…he is your best buddy until he gets the treat and then he forgets you exist…lol On a serious note, the DP is one of the tools I use most…without it, I couldnt drill a straight hole if my life depended on it..lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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luv2learn

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#3 posted 263 days ago

Function, function, function, it doesn’t have to look pretty it just has to function and your drill press table does that. I like your ShopNotes stool Buster but if I got that close to the ground I would be in trouble LOL!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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BusterB

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#4 posted 263 days ago

L2L- Are you saying my table is ugly or the drill press is ugly??? LOL I understand very well what you mean about getting that close to the ground Lee… Helped my father in law work on his floor a couple of weeks back and just got back to where I can stand upright again.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Dan Krager

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#5 posted 263 days ago

You could lay it on its back and call it a Shopsmith… just sayin’
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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BusterB

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#6 posted 262 days ago

Dan- I considered your idea but am afraid I will have to reject it. Some of those diehard Shopsmith guys might get offended and show up on my doorstep with scathes and pruning shears….oh the horror…lol
Thanks for the input sir….

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Rick

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#7 posted 262 days ago

Very Nice Piece Of Work Indeed! Thanks For Posting!

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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doubleDD

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#8 posted 262 days ago

Making the performance of any tool better or easier to work with is a plus in any book. I’ve done it many times. Sure beats buying a new one. Good work Buster.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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MarkTheFiddler

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#9 posted 262 days ago

Nice Buster. Your shop is pretty dang clever.

You can save the cinder block for quick access to cars during zombie attacks.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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BusterB

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#10 posted 262 days ago

Magnum- Thank you sir. I wanna add a rotary sanding drum table like the one you built…just have to figure out how to make it fit space wise.

Dave- Thanks buddy. Had big plans to go look at some old tools yesterday but they fell through so was pretty bored. Finished the shop stool and decided to do something about the DP. It was an upgrade from the piece of plywood I had bolted to it before….lol

Mark- ahhh the dreded zombie attack…it is my sincere hope that when it happens buddy, we get those slow stupid ones and not the fast mean ones…lol Not sure how clever my shop is. Everytime I build something, I wind up wishing I had did things in a slightly different way. Is that normal???

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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JoeinGa

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#11 posted 262 days ago

If you get handed lemons, wadda ya do? You make LEMONDAE!

If you open the checkbook and it says “No new drillpress for you!”... you make improvements on what you got!

I made a small, short, roll-around stool a few years back. Realized that ROUND wasn’t the best shape for a small stool because it tips too easily if you lean away from it. Once I get a new shop built, I’m gonna seriously think about making another, but this time square (or rectangular in reality)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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whitebeast88

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#12 posted 262 days ago

great table and stool buster.looks like you where busy in the shop instead of watching UT play.
i’m gonna have to put the dp table on my list to do soon.
the shop stool will come in handy i sit on my thinking what to do next all the time until the shop fills up with smoke from thinking to hard!!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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BusterB

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#13 posted 262 days ago

Joe- Thanks buddy. I started with a leamon anyhow…lol Shouldnt say that, for what it is…it works well. Would really be nice if it has a longer (taller) support column. It looks like it can be changed…do you know if thats possible??

Marty- Was pretty sad…Mossouri had there way with em almost as bad as those bama boys did…lol I can see a man of your massive mental prowess smoking the gears in that head…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Rick Dennington

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#14 posted 262 days ago

I’ll tell ya boy, some people just know how to live…!!!....Hey….when you get tired of working in the shop, you could always take the rolling stool out for a spin….......kind of like skateboarding on the sidewalk…..!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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hoss12992

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#15 posted 262 days ago

Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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