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bomberoman

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12-17-2017 02:12 PM

I recently stumbled upon this drill press on Craigslist. It’s a 15” Drill Press that is about 10 years old. The gentleman had replaced the motor with an IronHorse Rolled-Steel AC motor 1 HP and added a GS2 AC drive to it as well. Super clean machine and it seemed like this guy really knew his stuff.

I am a hobbyist wood worker but I also tinker with some metal as well and I figured this could probably do anything and beyond what I am capable/qualified to do. My question is does anybody know if there is a Mortising Kit that will fit this?


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#1 posted 12-17-2017 02:38 PM

There probably is one available. Mortising kits and drill presses don’t really make very good mortisers. If you just want the drill press for mortising you would be better served looking for a stand alone mortise.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 12-17-2017 06:32 PM



There probably is one available. Mortising kits and drill presses don t really make very good mortisers. If you just want the drill press for mortising you would be better served looking for a stand alone mortise.
- johnstoneb

+10 8-)

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

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#3 posted 12-17-2017 09:58 PM

Delta makes one for a little over $100. The critical fitting part is the support that clamps over the shaft on the drill press quill. If the size is correct it will work. Grizzly also makes one.
I use one of these kits and it works well if you set it up right but if I did a lot of mortising I would either buy a stand alone machine or build a set up to use my router with a table.
Woodsmith.com has plans for a “Combination Router Table” that looks good ($9.95 for plans). They just featured it on their TV program.

-- Les B, Oregon

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ChefHDAN

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#4 posted 12-18-2017 02:44 PM

Bomber, welcome to LJ’s as the others have said, don’t waste your time with the mortising attachment. It’s a royal PITA to set up and it does not work so great. I found a set for almost nothing at a garage sale and never used more than twice. You’ve got the DP, get good forstner bits and 2 or 3 nice chisels. With practice you’ll find it’s faster and very satisfying to knock them out yourself. Go to the router as another option, if I ever run across a mortising machine on Cl for around $100 (Not a HF one) I might be tempted but from one hobbyist to another a dedicated machine only really does one task, a fairly good set of Narex chisels will be money much better spent for your future projects..

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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bomberoman

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#5 posted 12-18-2017 03:06 PM

Thanks for the advice and info guys. I bought the drill press so I could do both metal and wood. I thought I’d be able to do some mortising with the drill press if needed. Being somewhat new to wood working, ChefHDAN, if I am reading you correctly, you are saying go ahead and use the drill press for mortising, just don’t use a mortising kit?

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