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Forum topic by pmd73 posted 02-05-2013 08:49 AM 1163 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-05-2013 08:49 AM

i”ve got an old delta,10in drill press,3A.The chuck went bad on it and i bought a new stand up press.The motor is still good.I’m looking for ideals for what i could convert it to,too have another tool to woodwork with.What would an old drill press be good to make something out of.

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#1 posted 02-05-2013 09:08 AM

You didn’t say what you don’t need.

My first thought would be a drum or spindle sander. Wouldn’t take much modification

There is a pneumatic sanding drum for drill presses that you can inflate to use as a drum sander. Let air
out of it and it conforms to the piece you are sanding. Not sure if you need the chuck or not.

You could also build a sanding table with a hole large enough for the drum to be recessed in. Hook up
a dust collector and you can sand curves without dust.

Woodworkers Supply,,
Pneumatic drum sander kit, including paper and base, #947-499.

I have seen some whacky conversions. Like converting a drill press to a verticle lathe. Doesn’t seem practical to me. A sander I would think would get a lot of use.

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#2 posted 02-05-2013 01:12 PM

I have a bigger drill press I use as a drum sander,built a box for it.I thought of making a sander of the old one,but as i said the chuck is shot and not worth the money to buy a new one.So i’ve got a small press with the shaft and motor.

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#3 posted 02-05-2013 01:19 PM

Thats what i did..sanding a dust collecting table to plug shop vac into…really good for sanding curves


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