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Forum topic by zwwizard posted 03-25-2011 04:58 PM 1513 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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zwwizard

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03-25-2011 04:58 PM

I picked up a old SS awhile back to use as a horizontal drill press for some stands that I was making. But after I got it, I when a different direction in my building. Now I need to figure out what to do with the SS. I am getting short on room in my shop and I am looking for any ideas on what anyone has done diffract in using the SS. Drill press I don’t need (have 2) Don’t need another lathe (have 2 of them too).
Anybody HELP!

-- Richard http://www.PictureTrail.com/gallery/view?username=thewizz


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#1 posted 03-25-2011 05:37 PM

You mentioned it was old, if you update it to a two bearing quill, you can use it as an big Kreg jig for
making pocket screw holes. The single bearing quill, tends to wander a bit.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 03-25-2011 06:32 PM

You can chop it down for permanent use as a boring machine,
at which SS excels.

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#3 posted 03-25-2011 06:43 PM

Boring, for sure; assuming that’s a common task in your shop.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 03-25-2011 08:24 PM

It can do slot mortising too, even at angles. You’d have to build
an x-y rig to make it work as well as other slot mortise machines.
Not that hard to do with some drawer slides or higher precision
things like “stages” for computer controlled machinery.

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#5 posted 03-26-2011 12:08 AM

Put it on Craigslist and try to recoup some of your investment…...or buy a large boat that needs an anchor.

-- Life is good.

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#6 posted 03-27-2011 12:59 AM

Thanks for some ideas. I think I will cut down the bench and mount the unit in the up-right positioned and put wheels on it and use it that way when I have a different drilling problem. Or just take the motor off and part it out.
Thanks all.

-- Richard http://www.PictureTrail.com/gallery/view?username=thewizz

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