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Forum topic by ragin_cajuns posted 02-02-2016 10:00 PM 651 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ragin_cajuns

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02-02-2016 10:00 PM

i’m slowly building up my tool inventory as i need them. next on my list is drill press and mitre saw.

i do not have a drill press but came across the need to drill accurate holes so i started looking but really don’t know what i should be looking for opinions? i don’t need anything real expensive. it probably won’t get used that often so i don’t need top of the line and i only envision drilling in wood, no metal work.

mitre saw. i have an old ryobi 10 inch compound mitre saw. it’s junk. hard to adjust the angles and too small. i like the idea of being able to cut wider boards that what i can now so i was looking at the larger slide ones. it will be stored against a wall in my garage so i’m not sure that is the best way to go since they stick out so far.


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CB_Cohick

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#1 posted 02-02-2016 10:15 PM

I have the little 8” bench mount drill press from Harbor Freight. Nothing fancy, it just drills holes in wood for me and does not take up a lot of space. For a miter saw I have gone Neander and picked up an old Craftsman miter box with a 26” miter saw. I had Bob Summerfield (rmsaws.com) sharpen the saw for me, and it is working quite well for what I am doing. If I was building decks, then I’d definitely get a slider to keep handy. I used to have a 10 inch Ryobi like yours and gave it to my son. It worked well and I have no complaints about it. My brother has a 12 inch DeWalt slider (DWS780) that I like and borrow that as needed.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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SirIrb

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#2 posted 02-02-2016 10:19 PM

Buy used good machinery.
Quick searches.

https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/tls/5424246161.html

If get a ras over a mitre saw
https://dallas.craigslist.org/ftw/tls/5420452824.html

But there’s this…if you must.
https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/tls/5416650498.html

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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conifur

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#3 posted 02-02-2016 10:25 PM

I use a 10 slider, against the wall and when not using I angle it as far to the right as possible, cuts down on the stick out. I was just looking at a 12 DW, it would cut thicker wood, like a 4×4 but I dont think any wider, the rails looked shorter, it did not say on the saw or box what the max width was at 90*, I think my 10”’ is about 11 ish inches.
Drill press I use an old Shop Smith in DP mode, I like the variable speed and can find them cheap around me. I cut the support tubes and eliminated most of the length of the base for a smaller foot print.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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Lee

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#4 posted 02-02-2016 11:09 PM

After you get a drill press you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it. And, there more versatile than just drilling holes, chuck up a drum sander in it and you’ve got a spindle sander, or a circle cutter, try drilling a tapered hole with a forsner bit by hand. That being said, you still have to cut long boards down to size, maybe your old CMS will work for that. And the table saw, with a miter sled will make very accurate miters. Good luck with the new tool purchase.

-- Colombia Custom woodworking

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teejk02

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#5 posted 02-03-2016 12:57 AM

Guess I’d say a higher quality miter saw would trump the DP, at least for what I do. We can start an argument over sliding vs. just plain single/double bevel saws but I’m not in the mood for that. I have had a Dewalt 12” single bevel for years and can make it work for just about anything (and it’s easy to keep tuned…only have to worry about north/south and east/west). Drill press…in my price range they are all pretty much the same (“close enough” in terms of precision). Do look for a 5/8” chuck though IMHO…the “guts” seem to be more predictable in terms of flex and overall operation than the smaller cousins.

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teejk02

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#6 posted 02-03-2016 01:06 AM



After you get a drill press you ll wonder how you ever got along without it. And, there more versatile than just drilling holes, chuck up a drum sander in it and you ve got a spindle sander, or a circle cutter, try drilling a tapered hole with a forsner bit by hand. That being said, you still have to cut long boards down to size, maybe your old CMS will work for that. And the table saw, with a miter sled will make very accurate miters. Good luck with the new tool purchase.

- Lee

Use mine a lot as a drum sander especially on contour cuts. Not promoting them but my drums wore out and I found the expandable variety at supergrit.com. Gotta go with the expandable thing IMHO. The “friction-fit” stuff doesn’t work for me.

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conifur

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#7 posted 02-03-2016 01:18 AM

A drum sander on a DP will clog fast, if you need/use one allot get a oscillating one from HF for 99$ with coupon, better performance then a DP stationary set up.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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teejk02

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#8 posted 02-03-2016 01:58 AM



A drum sander on a DP will clog fast, if you need/use one allot get a oscillating one from HF for 99$ with coupon, better performance then a DP stationary set up.

- conifur


I agree about the clogging and would love to have the oscillating sander…but for me it is an occasional use and I have enough stuff occupying precious bench space. I use an elevated platform on my DP where I can raise/lower the drum as needed. I realize the limitations of the DP and can manage the “loading” pretty effectively.

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Tim812

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#9 posted 02-03-2016 06:45 AM

A 10” bench top drill press should do the job for you. This is the most popular size for diyers and hobbyists. You can get a good 10” for around $150 (new) if you shop around a bit. Read some reviews online before purchase as some cheaper models have a lot of runout.

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Ted Ewen

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#10 posted 02-03-2016 07:23 AM

I have the 12” Bosch Gliding Double Bevel saw (Bosch site: GCM12GDL). The gliding mechanism makes it perfect for low rear clearance areas. You can butt it right up against the wall and still get full motion. It’s pricy, but of exceptional quality and performance.

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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DrTebi

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#11 posted 02-03-2016 08:29 AM


Buy used good machinery.
[...]
- SirIrb

I second that. At least in regards to the drill press. I researched long before I decided I would be better off with a quality vintage drill press than a Chinese made one that may cause more trouble than pleasure.

I found this beauty on Craigslist, had to drive almost 300 miles to get it, but I am very glad I did:

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knotscott

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#12 posted 02-03-2016 10:39 AM

Some food for thought….I rarely use my miter saw. I do the vast majority of crosscuts on my table saw, and only pull out the CMS for really long boards like decking. I don’t know what else is in your arsenal, but my question is are you better off with a better miter saw, or another tool that adds a capability you don’t currently have? (planer, jointer, router, etc)

Most of the common lower priced DPs are pretty similar. Unless you stumble into a great deal on a good used one, or spend a good chunk, i’m not sure there’s a huge difference in the lower to mid range DPs. FWIW, my 13” HF DP has been pretty good.

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