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Forum topic by woodbutcherbynight posted 04-23-2017 03:16 PM 571 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-23-2017 03:16 PM

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Someone has offered me a 14” drill press that has had the base cut off. Have no idea why they did this but they still had the base. My question is can this be cut further to make it into a bench top version? If so what would be suggested to do so? If not, good thanks for saving me time and effort on a fruitless project. While I would not mind upgrading my bench top to a 14” model I have a 14” JET full size. I am thinking this would be a nice upgrade to the bench top one.

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#1 posted 04-23-2017 03:30 PM

Got any pics of the drill press?

I looked at my bench top model. It has a 3/4 hp motor on it. The base is configured where the tube just slides into the base and is bolted down.

I think you could do exactly like you are thinking…make it a bench top model and mount it on a mobile cabinet.

Otherwise, you could still get it and keep the head/motor assembly for future use for parts.

Note: I have a bench vise mounted to the base of mine. It is out of the way, but still useful for cutting stuff with a hack saw. I can also remove it if need be.

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#2 posted 04-23-2017 03:39 PM

Sorry no pictures as of yet. The guy died and his daughter informed me he left a list of tools for me to have.

I do like the vice mount on the bottom you posted. Going to have to add that to my list of improvements!

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#3 posted 04-23-2017 05:54 PM

A carbide metal cutting blade in a miter saw should be able to cut the post down to the right length you want. You may have to cut it partway, roll it and cut it again. Be mindful of the sparks.

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#4 posted 04-23-2017 06:07 PM

Hi Gunny. I take it that the 14” means it has 7” open capacity from the inside of the post to the center of the chuck? That is a good sized drill press! You can always cut it down to a smaller height but you will need a good sized base to mount it to with all that weight on top. If you find a big piece of cast iron or steel, it could be welded to it for bench mount. If they have the base and are giving it to you, too, you could have the shorter post welded to it. If they cut off the base, maybe the piece of the post is still in the base and can be knocked out and the cut off post slid back in there???

Worst case, you could get a thick block of oak and bore a hole in it for the post and then put a couple machine screws through the wood and into the post and then screw the block to the bench. The squareness would still be maintained from the chuck to the table that slides on the post.

Good luck…................Jim

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#5 posted 04-23-2017 06:14 PM

I don’t know why they cut it down, you can separate the column from the base. It’s really no problem to just cut it further and remount in the base at any height you want it.

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#6 posted 04-23-2017 06:23 PM

Someone has offered me a 14” drill press that has had the base cut off. Have no idea why they did this but they still had the base. My question is can this be cut further to make it into a bench top version? If so what would be suggested to do so?
- woodbutcherbynight

Yes, it can be done easily. There are many presses that are basically identical between bench and floor model, with the only difference being the length and possibly the wall thickness of the column. A metal blade in a reciprocating saw would work well to cut it down further (or a cut off wheel in an angle grinder, or a horizontal metal cutting band saw, or …...).

Cheers,
Brad

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#7 posted 04-23-2017 06:55 PM

Yes, I think it could be done pretty easily. Does it have the rack and pinion for raising and lowering the table? That will have to be cut as well.

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#8 posted 04-23-2017 09:11 PM

Thanks for the tips. When I make the trip and get it home I should know more. To my knowledge it has a hand crank so that track will have to be adjusted as well. In the end I make out well, floor sized drill press for the bench! Not to enthused about the getting it off the floor and onto the bench thing. Have to get some neighbor kids involved. LOL

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#9 posted 04-24-2017 02:47 AM

I have tried most methods of cutting steel, including hacksaws, carbide metal cutting circular blades, and 1/16” thick cut off wheels in an angle grinder. By far, the angle grinder is the best—quickest by far, and leaves a clean edge. The metal cutting circular blades I’ve used work well for the first cut or two, then they go dull, at which point they don’t cut worth a darn.

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#10 posted 04-24-2017 03:15 AM

I shortened my cheapo bench top drill press in order to mount it to a flip table. Reused the base and mounted it inside the cabinet behind the drawer. It does restrict the depth of drilling but works for most things. Last time I checked I was still alive so you must have found some one else’s adaptation.

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#11 posted 04-25-2017 02:51 AM

Thanks for the tips. Really have no idea what he was working on, his death was sudden and he did not leave shop notes on anything.

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