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Forum topic by botanist posted 1907 days ago 1452 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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botanist

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1907 days ago

My drill press is missing the gearing for raising and lowering the table, so I need to do it manually. In the process of moving the table up or down, I’m thinking that the table gets out of alignment with the chuck. I have a sliding fence on my sacrificial table that I can align on the table using a square, but I wasn’t sure if I needed to realign the table relative to the chuck. If I do, does anyone out there have any easy way to accomplish that?


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kerflesss

182 posts in 2001 days


#1 posted 1907 days ago

Delta uses a simple steel pin inserted in the chuck and squared left to right and front to back.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#2 posted 1907 days ago

tie a plumb bob on a drill bit or pin in the chuck.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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niki

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#3 posted 1907 days ago

I hope that this post will solve your problem
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/446

And, if you are already around, have a look at those posts
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/952
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/1196

Regards
niki

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marcb

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#4 posted 1907 days ago

realign it how? As you are referencing a single point unless the table tilts it doesn’t matter in terms of a little to the left or right

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 1907 days ago

Those are great posts Nikki, Love your ideas.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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botanist

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#6 posted 1907 days ago

Thanks for the great ideas, Niki, those should help quite a bit, but I’ll need to figure out how to make it work with my drill press. My drill press is a floor model so I wouldn’t be able to clamp a straight edge to the base to help with alignment.

To clarify my problem, I’ve started working on a new workbench and I needed to cut some mortises in a 4×4 using a forstner bit, since I don’t own a good set of mortise chisels. I ran into a lot of problems when I was trying to cut left to right since my alignment was so wacky. Since I only have about 3 inches of travel in my press, I had to flip the stock over to complete the process and I had to realign the drill press.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 1906 days ago

For lack of a better way, transfer your layout around the post with a square.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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kerflesss

182 posts in 2001 days


#8 posted 1906 days ago

You might consider doing you mortise with a router and a jig. Finish fine tuning by hand with a chisel.
http://www.woodworkersguide.com/2008/03/03/a-simple-plunge-router-mortising-jig/

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