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rantingrich

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12-24-2014 12:41 AM

My girlfriend got me a PORTER-CABLE 8-Amp 12-Speed Floor Drill Press from lowes. I may of mentioned it would make a great x-mass present more than once. I cant recall.

I was leary of a drill press from Lowes for $319, but the reviews on here were surprisingly high.

I will be using it for wood working And drill a lot of black iron gas pipe and fittings…

I can see where I am gunna need to firmly secure the wood and pipe to the table top, so am looking for a decent drill press table top.

Any suggestions.

The reviews on them on amazon are so varied don’t know what to think.

I was thinking about a table for wood stock but a VISE for the pipe

And no! She’s taken

I plan to mention about what a great birthday present a grizzly band saw would make

-- Rich


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#1 posted 12-24-2014 02:14 AM

I bought a new Wen a while back and it looks like yours has the same table as mine. When you get or build your new table I sure would like to know Hou you mounted it to the steel table that came on yours. Mine has no holes going all the way through and the cast iron is about 2 inches thick. I’m afraid to try and drill it and trying to use those slots are going to give me fits. Anyway congratulations on your new drill press. Porter cable makes good tools.
Gerald
By the way I built mine just haven’t figured out how I’m going to mount it yet.

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#2 posted 12-24-2014 02:46 AM

Mine has no holes going all the way through and the cast iron is about 2 inches thick. I m afraid to try and drill it and trying to use those slots are going to give me fits.

If your slots don’t go through the table, then they should be T-slots.. just use appropriate sized carriage bolts. If they are just miter slots (not T-slots), then look into getting or making some miter slot locks.. piece of hardwwod, a countersunk machine screw, washer and a wing-nut is all you need if you want to make some.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#3 posted 12-24-2014 03:07 AM

Yea I noticed mine has slots as well. Only a hole in the middle for the bit and one hole in the corner I guess for lubricant/coolant to drip out of.

Yes I think Carriage bolts or T bolt could be used. I see all these drill press tables that are attached by some sort of wing bolt thing and I doubt how machine could torque them down

-- Rich

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#4 posted 12-24-2014 03:37 AM

Well happy Xmas Rich!

I have the same drill press.
I had the same problem, I had to ask myself, wood or grease?

My new PC drill press is only for wood.
The two can’t be happy together.
Unless you like machine oil on the wood.

Enjoy the new toy, I love mine.

Merry Xmas,

Rick

-- I'll bulid your dream,you tear it down.

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#5 posted 12-24-2014 03:44 AM

Rick Bailey are you suggesting I need to find an additional girlfriend to get me another drill press to handle the metal work?

Because I will do it

-- Rich

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#6 posted 12-24-2014 03:54 AM

Well I will that choice up to you my friend, but if she went that far out of her way, you may want to put a ring on that
girls hand. ;-0
I’m also a gear head, that’s why my shop is divided in to cars and wood.

-- I'll bulid your dream,you tear it down.

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#7 posted 12-24-2014 04:12 AM

Rick Bailey You make a good and wise point. I make steampunk stuff which I use a ton of Cut and threaded Black Pipe. I use a manual RIDGID piper threader and it is a nasty oily mess. It will make a man out of you.

I can see where the grease and oil would contaminate any wood projects that cam in contact with the machinery.

AS far as the RING Gess damn you had to bring that up.

DAN YOU Rick Bailey. Cause I know she’s gunna see this! LOL!

-- Rich

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#8 posted 12-24-2014 05:23 AM

I Have the same Table on my craftsman drill press and i finished making a table for it tonight. Maybe i can help you out. I based it on Steve Ramsey’s but attached it to the metal table with a long 1/2 bolt through the center hole and a few washers and a nut on the bottom. Even though it’s only attached at one point, it it rock solid and i’m happy with it so far.

Here is a link to the table i based mine on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWn1lRTuOlk

I’ll post some pictures of mine soon.

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#9 posted 12-24-2014 05:23 AM



Rick Bailey are you suggesting I need to find an additional girlfriend to get me another drill press to handle the metal work?

Because I will do it

- rantingrich

Does she have a sister? :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#10 posted 12-24-2014 05:25 AM

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#11 posted 12-24-2014 05:26 AM

My table.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/88393

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#12 posted 12-24-2014 02:00 PM

Rich, I can’t put up a pic which would be easiest because I put a ring on my GF’s finger and now I spend holidays at my mother in laws house….

Anyway, I don’t do much with metal but have a space issue, and need to take the table off to store other items. For simplicity, I extended a block under the table on each side and drilled a 3/4” hole for a 4” F clamp, on the other side I atached a 1”x2” stick of oak with a hinge to the block on the other side. To mount the table I just slip the table on and flip the 1”x2” into the clamp and get a pretty solid mount that is pretty fast and easy. My other thought was to do threaded inserts under the table and do a star knob on each side, but the first idea is working pretty good.

-- 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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#13 posted 12-24-2014 04:08 PM

I think I’ll try the single bolt with washers. It will sure save a lot of time on measuring the T slots. Thanks for the pictures.
Gerald

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#14 posted 12-24-2014 04:30 PM


Rick Bailey are you suggesting I need to find an additional girlfriend to get me another drill press to handle the metal work?

Because I will do it

- rantingrich

In fact she does and she’s a 11 BUT unfortunately she’s married to a retired Flight Marine Officer

Does she have a sister? :-)

- MT_Stringer

-- Rich

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#15 posted 01-03-2015 03:22 AM


Rick Bailey are you suggesting I need to find an additional girlfriend to get me another drill press to handle the metal work?

Because I will do it

- rantingrich

In fact she does and she s a 11 BUT unfortunately she s married to a retired Flight Marine Officer

Does she have a sister? :-)

- MT_Stringer

- rantingrich

So???
How’s that working out Rich?

Are you a two drill press family yet?

Rick

-- I'll bulid your dream,you tear it down.

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