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Forum topic by newbiewoodworker posted 09-23-2010 02:58 AM 3297 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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newbiewoodworker

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09-23-2010 02:58 AM

These things have always struck me as easy to do, but are they worth the effort(the cost is probably pennies..) It seems by making your own press, you can have essentially an unlimitted quil travel, and can mount it directly to the wall, so it doesnt take up more than a square foot.

But can one of these puppies do the stuff that a full blown drill press can do? Can you attach a mortising attachment? How about a big ol’ holesaw? Now this is assuming that its built like a tank…

Anyone ever crazy enough to do it with any success..?

I am stuck in a point, where I want the accuracy of a drill press, but I have reached my limit on tools till Xmas… And I do happen to have a spare drill lieing around, that I use to chuck up drill bits with(I have 2 corded, one rarely gets used, unless I am drilling holes and countersinking them with a bigger bit.. but thats kinda what a DP is for.. duh.. :) ) Plus I want a project after I am done this PITA planer table…

Thanks

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Abbott

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#1 posted 09-23-2010 03:21 AM

A drill press can be found real cheap on CL.

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#2 posted 09-23-2010 10:42 PM

I dont wanta drill press… well let me rephrase that… I dont want a cheap chinese drill press.. if I can build it, I will, if not, Ill wait till I can buy a good Ridgid/Jet/Delta/Walker Turner… And even on CL those arent pennies..)

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Abbott

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#3 posted 09-23-2010 11:27 PM

Ridigid and Delta are cheap Chinese drill presses :) Don’t fool yourself there are a lot of good usable tools coming out of China and Taiwan these days. Good luck :)

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#4 posted 09-23-2010 11:36 PM

i agree with abbott as your a newbie to woodworking tune your skills on cheaper secondhand tools then invest in quality because you may end up spending tens of $1000’s on quality tools and get frustrated when you can’t use them to their full potential

Andy

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newbiewoodworker

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#5 posted 09-24-2010 01:20 AM

I should rephrase the name. Im a newbie, as in just starting up my shop.. but I am no stranger to what most of these tools can do. I just cant justify $300 for something that gets used once in a while.

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Abbott

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#6 posted 09-24-2010 01:27 AM

I see good usable drill presses regularly on CraigsList going for between $50.00-$100.00.

I usually use Search Tempest when looking for a particular item.

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#7 posted 09-24-2010 01:47 AM

Currently listed for $79.00 Delta

Currently listed for $75.00 Craftsman

Another Delta that is listed for $100.00

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Those three are currently listed in the town of 80,000 near where I live. But I see others just like them regularly. Full size drill presses are also available and usually go for between $100.00 and $200.00. The real nice ones start about $250.00.

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#8 posted 09-24-2010 04:39 AM

You see the “Delta” in Abbotts Top Picture? I Bought one Brand New as a “King Canada” DP from Lowes for $149.00. Made in Taiwan. NICE Piece of Equipment!!

I have never seen a Shop Made DP such as the one you are reffering to but….(the cost is probably pennies..) ???? Picture? Plans?

I can do a LOT more than just drill holes with mine. I use it a Lot with Sanding Drums of all sizes, and other attachments for all kinds of Projects.

If you want to see what it looks like, you can go to my “Project Posting” on the Table I designed and made for it. It might give you an idea of other things you can do with it. I’m also still getting “PM Questions” about building it. It also had 2257 Views and there’s also a “Part 2” Project next to it.

Project Here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/29446

Rick

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newbiewoodworker

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#9 posted 09-24-2010 08:41 PM

Go to Youtube: search “Shop Made drill press” thats kinda what I am refering to… but probably a bit more beefy…

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#10 posted 09-24-2010 08:56 PM

newbie – since you already have the drill, I would build it! takes little shop space, and as long as you build it right and it’s perpendicular to the table – you should be all good. besides, you can always take it apart, or upgrade if you ever NEED to.

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