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Forum topic by HiltonHeadHacker posted 07-07-2017 01:12 PM 417 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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HiltonHeadHacker

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07-07-2017 01:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drills drill press drill press parts

does anyone know where I might be able to get the tubing for my Grizzly Baby Drill Press. Currently the column is 15 1/4 long and I need to get it to 18” to accommodate Forstner Bits.

The outside dimension is 1 13/16 and I don’t see where the inside dimension (currently 1 21/32) or the wall thickness (currently 3/32) would necessarily need to be to spec.

I’ve called Grizzly and they don’t have a part in those dimensions. I’ve also contacted a few pipe supply houses but in looking at their dimensions on size charts I cannot find an approximation.

Any ideas.

Thanks to All,
Tony on Hilton Head.

-- Tony D


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HorizontalMike

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#1 posted 07-07-2017 01:31 PM

FWIW, I squeaked by with an old Delta 8” DP for ~21yr, until I finally wised up and upgraded to a larger DP. WHY? The small 8” had too few speeds (especially when using larger Forstner bits). I burnt several bits while trying to get by… quite the PITA.

IMO, bite the bullet and purchase a larger DP. Keep the 8” but buy something bigger. FWIW, I went whole hog and got the 20” floor model 12-speed. The Grizzly G7943 - 12 Speed Heavy-Duty Bench-Top Drill Press would be a good option, and that probably won’t break the bank. Just my 2-cents…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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JRsgarage

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#2 posted 07-07-2017 02:13 PM

i’m not sure how well it will work but i hear some folks talk about pipes from muffler exhaust shops.

-- Two is One, One is None

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HiltonHeadHacker

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#3 posted 07-07-2017 02:19 PM

Mike and JR – - thanks for the quick reply. HM – - I am of the same opinion at this point. Any comments from you (or anyone else) on going for the laser pointer? Adding a laser pointer to my Miter Saw was a great improvement.

Thanks, Tony

-- Tony D

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#4 posted 07-07-2017 03:29 PM

I personally IMHO hate laser lines….... would rather punch a starter hole ...best for me :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 07-07-2017 03:44 PM

Get a steel tube turned to size at a machine shop. I would think a muffler shop tube, would be to thin of wall thickness.
Let us know how it turns out.

-- Bruce - Indiana - Sawdust is just, MAN GLITTER!

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HorizontalMike

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#6 posted 07-07-2017 03:46 PM



I personally IMHO hate laser lines….... would rather punch a starter hole ...best for me :<))
- GR8HUNTER

DITTO.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Loren

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#7 posted 07-07-2017 04:41 PM

I have a laser on my drill press and I don’t
really use it. I prefer to center-punch
when I want an accurate hole. In wood
I use a brad point bit.

If you don’t mind some holes being off
by up to 1/16” a laser can be useful
for casual drilling but for precision I don’t
find it reliable. It is adjustable though, so
if I really fussed with it I suppose it
might be more spot-on.

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#8 posted 07-08-2017 04:43 PM

The way I would do it would be to add a block to the bottom of the column rather than replace the whole column. I would do it that way because I have the machines (lathe, milling machine, etc) to machine a block bored out to accept the column and attach to the base. I don’t think wood would be strong enough to do this. Maybe you could find a pipe coupling with an inside dimension that matches the outside dimension of the column.

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