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Forum topic by Charlie_Wintercoats posted 04-14-2010 09:14 PM 1187 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Charlie_Wintercoats

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04-14-2010 09:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press drillpress pen pen blank drill hole

I bought a 9” craftsman drill press on craigslist for 70$ to drill pen blanks since I was messing it up with a regular drill. but the travel of the chuck (quill) is not long enough to drill the hole in one pass on a 2 1/4” blank. The ruler on the side shows 2”. Needless to say I am disappointed.

I have been working around it by drilling as deep as I can, stopping lifting the blank on the bit and putting a board under the blank then finishing the hole. This works but obviously the second drilling can cause the upper half of the hole to widen.

Any other ways to do it without replacing the press?


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SKFrog16

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#1 posted 04-14-2010 09:36 PM

Here is an idea. Buy longer drill bits, lower the table, drill your initial hole, then raise the table and finish the drilling.
Done it in machine shops on metal, don’t see why it won’t work on wood.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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Charlie_Wintercoats

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#2 posted 04-14-2010 10:28 PM

Thanks but the bit is 5” long. I want to drill in one pass.

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Michael Murphy

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#3 posted 04-14-2010 10:36 PM

Make a jig to hold the blank parallel to the drill bit and long enough so you can slide the blank along it and push the material into the bit rather than the bit into the material.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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jm82435

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#4 posted 04-14-2010 10:55 PM

use your lathe?

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#5 posted 04-14-2010 11:01 PM

seems like you are circling all around the problem….. but the best answer is what you dont want to hear…... get a better drill press

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Charlie_Wintercoats

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#6 posted 04-14-2010 11:40 PM

I do love getting new tools.

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rtree

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#7 posted 04-14-2010 11:47 PM

Funny this subject should come up right now. I have the same problem with my drill press and I am going to Harbor Freight tonight to get one that has a 3-1/8” quill. I looked at the Ryobi info first, but I couldn’t get the HD guys to open the box so I could see how sturdy it was. The one at Harbor Freight (I am fortunate enough to have a store here in town and also have a 20% off coupon) is built like a tank and I think it will work fine. My old drill press (soon to be my son-in-laws) was Harbor Freight too and it worked fine except for the quill length. After two smashed fingers, my wife said to just get the bigger one while I still had fingers. $199.99 in store on sale and a 20% coupon makes it $160.00 I drill a lot of solid surface (which is exactly 1/2”) for pens, so I made a micro adjust table to attach such that I can micro adjust the angle I am drilling to get a perfect hole in the middle. I’ll just move the table to the new drill press. Good luck and watch the fingers.

-- RT --- The older I get, the smarter my father gets. I should have paid more attention when I was younger.

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#8 posted 04-15-2010 12:13 AM

Quick note—I don’t get a kick back from Harbor Freight, but—-If you have a store near you and you are looking for a big ticket item, you can get a 20% off coupon in many handy man type magazines. I know This Old House has one every month in the back 4 or 5 pages plus sometimes you get a free flashlight too. Always look the stuff over real good to make sure it’s what you want first. Considering most everything of every brand is made in China, I guess it doesn’t really matter where you buy it. Shop wisely.

-- RT --- The older I get, the smarter my father gets. I should have paid more attention when I was younger.

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