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Forum topic by zwwizard posted 07-04-2010 06:06 PM 1085 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-04-2010 06:06 PM

I am looking for a plan for a horizontal boring or drilling machine setup.
I have drill some holes (a lot) into the edge of some pieces and also it will used in make some ukes. The pieces are to long for a drill press and some are to hard to clamp to a vertical table.
If someone has a plan for a table that can be raised and lowered. Some where I remember of a table set on a wedge type runners and controlled with a threaded shaft.

-- Richard

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#1 posted 07-04-2010 06:22 PM

Find someone nearby with a Shopsmith. Horizontal boring is a standard feature.

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#2 posted 07-04-2010 06:34 PM

I have had offers of a shopsmith but am holding off for something else to turn up. I am running out of shop space
The local recycle outfit here has 5 shopsmith that are going to the savage yard. There would sell them for $250.00, but wouldn’t take my offer of $100.00. They will get only about $50.00 for them at the yard.

-- Richard

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#3 posted 07-04-2010 08:10 PM

I still have a ShopSmith that I still use for horizontal boring and a few other functions. However, it does take up room in my shop. I am seriously considering shortening the way bars and making my machine smaller.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 07-04-2010 09:39 PM

The Shopsmith is a serious horizontal borer. The quill has a travel of 4 1/4 inches. There is plenty of power to drill deep holes, even in hard woods with large diameter bits. The rip fence can be used as a stop, and the miter gauge can be “locked” in place in the slot in order to keep your stock parallel to the drill bit. With spacers I can accurately drill a series of holes for dowells. The table can be raised or lowered to vertically locate where the hole is to be drilled, and with an optional accessory, the adjustable stop collar, this vertical adjustment can be made a few thousandths at a time.

I would suggest that the later Shopsmith models, 510 and 520, would be more desirable because of the larger table and the fence that locks both front and rear.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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