|Forum topic by DonnyBahama||posted 07-12-2011 03:46 AM||10511 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
07-12-2011 03:46 AM
A floor-standing drill press won’t be in my budget any time soon, but benchtop drill presses are regularly available on craigslist for $50 or less. Problem is, they’re all so darned short. Many of them have just a couple inches of room for stock once a decent sized bit is chucked – even with the table lowered as much as possible.
I saw the post where someone extended their column and increased the swing at the same time. That’s far more elaborate than I’d want to go. I just want to extend the column – (dirt) cheaply if possible. Replacing the column with a big metal pipe would b fine with me. So would a shop-built wooden column (with a new table system). If I was going that route, I’d have to consider a design that extended the swing as well by turning it into a radial drill press.
Anyone know if this can be (has been) done?
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