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Forum topic by Blakep posted 07-20-2014 04:03 AM 1183 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-20-2014 04:03 AM

I took a drill press apart that was given to me a while back and used the parts to make a small lathe until I can afford a real one. My question is, does anyone know of a way to attach a faceplate or anything other than the drill press chuck to the tapered shaft? It’s not perfect but it works ok for someone who has never turned before but I wish I had threads instead of the shaft.

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#1 posted 07-20-2014 01:33 PM

Turn a spindle to a taper that will fit in where you put the drill chuck. Attach a face plate or glue block to that spindle. If the taper is drilled through, use a threaded rod to make a drawbar to secure it.

I would use this only for small items because there won’t be much strength in a wood spindle that size. If you were to turn that spindle from a solid brass rod, it would be much stronger than wood. Brass will cut easily with HSS and carbide.

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#2 posted 07-20-2014 02:22 PM

Get an MT arbor (I guess you need #2?) that has a threaded end…you can get 1/2-20 threads although I’ve seen some with 5/8-16 as well. Then go from there…..

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#3 posted 07-21-2014 03:01 AM

Jacobs tapers are common on drill presses, don’t assume it is a Morse taper.

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#4 posted 07-21-2014 05:13 PM

The JT taper for drill chucks is a short self holding taper. The common JT taper for 1/2” drill chucks is JT33.
It is designed for axial thrust only. Radial, or side loads can cause the chuck to fly off the taper.
However, some older drill presses like Craftsman and Walker Turner used a locking collar built into specific Jacobs drill chucks to hold the chuck on the spindle taper for using sanding attachments in the chuck.
So, be careful on side loading drill chucks or anything attached to the short taper.

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#5 posted 07-21-2014 06:25 PM

I’ve only seen the JT on the chuck itself, never on the drill press quill. But then, I’ve led a sheltered life.

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#6 posted 07-21-2014 07:14 PM
The only Jacobs taper going into a quill I remember seeing was on a Caftsman Drill Press and it had a threaded ring to secure it. Drill press quilla are Morse tapers.

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