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Forum topic by cjswoodcrafts posted 02-25-2011 12:05 AM 1149 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-25-2011 12:05 AM

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Hey all, i am in need of some help, i got a craftsman drill press with only a 2 inch spindle length. i need to make it so that i can drill all the way thru a pen blank, i tried making my own jig, so that i can drill half way on one side, then flip the blank over to finish it out, but it always gets off center, anyone with an idea please help



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#1 posted 02-25-2011 12:47 AM

Start the hole and drill into it about an inch or more. Stop the drill press and lift the blank (bit still in hole) and slide a 3/4”-1” board underneath, turn on drill press and finish drilling

Personally I can’t wait to upgrade my drillpress.

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#2 posted 02-25-2011 12:57 AM

I use a Drill chuck for pens from Penn State. So your only limited by the travel of your quill. A little pricey but seems more accurate than the drill press to me. Just a thought.

-- Chris Ward

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#3 posted 02-25-2011 02:44 AM

If you are drilling pen blanks, you must have a lathe. You can get a drill press chuck that can be mounted in your tail stock. IMO, this is a very good way to drill pen blanks (and lots of other things). Of course, the drill remains stationary and the wood spins around it. This may be the best way to make certain you are going right down the center of the blank.

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

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#4 posted 02-27-2011 06:24 PM

John, Chris, Rich, thanks for the replies, i will try this things out first with what john said, then eventually i will buy a chuck from pen state

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