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Forum topic by Furnitude posted 04-02-2015 08:44 PM 1495 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-02-2015 08:44 PM

I’m wondering if there are any drill presses on the market that have a table that would tilt 90 degrees. I’d like to be able to cut round tenons on the end of stool legs. Does anyone have a recommendation for a machine that would allow that? Thanks!

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#1 posted 04-02-2015 08:46 PM

Should be easy enough to build a vertical work-holding jig clamped to an existing drill press table. You could even c-clamp a block vise so the mouth is just off the edge of the table.

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#2 posted 04-02-2015 08:50 PM

Standard tables don’t rotate 90 degrees. And even if they did, the drill bit would not be centered over the work. It gets tricky…

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#3 posted 04-02-2015 08:52 PM

You can do that operation on a Shopsmith. I know that they can be expensive but I have seen several older models at local auctions and on Craigslist relatively inexpensive.

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#4 posted 04-02-2015 09:13 PM

Here’s a video from Woodworkers Journal about making them with a router that looks pretty simple.

Router Jig


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#5 posted 04-02-2015 09:13 PM

I have a delta the table rotates 90 on it. I don’t know of any drill press that the work is centered under the bit. You always have to move the work around to center the work to the bit.

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#6 posted 04-02-2015 09:51 PM

Another +1 for a shopsmith. My preference is the older 10ERs. Although I would do what you are talking about in the horizontal boring position.

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#7 posted 04-02-2015 11:26 PM

+1 What Scott said!

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#8 posted 04-03-2015 06:10 PM

Paul your picture shows a perfect way to cut a round mortise, if you put a special tenon cutting bit in
the chuck, it could cut the round tenon that Furnitude wants to make. I think the key part to any
machine or process will be the purchasing of a tenon cutter such as those readily available at any
site selling tools to make log furniture. If you want to see different ways and methods, just google
how to cut tenons for log furniture and you will find multiple answers.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#9 posted 04-04-2015 08:26 PM

There is one more way to do this. I am showing how it can be done on a 1950’s era Delta Lathe, but
it could also be done on a Shopsmith.

The chuck is no longer available, but it is threaded 1”8tpi so it threads onto the arbor on my lathe,
Shopsmith sells an adapter part#505603 $20.78 it has a morse #2 taper on one end and the
Shopsmith drill chuck part #505633
$40.48 will connect to the other end. This will allow you
mount a drill chuck to the drive of a lot of lathes, or to the dead center.

This is another old Delta accessory a sanding disc table, it can raise and lower and also tilt up to 45%
in either dilrection, but not 90% like the shopsmith. This table is no longer available. The final
piece is a hole saw available from many different scources. You could then turn tenons on legs
accurately by eliminating the 1/4” guide drill bit and using an old Delta Lathe with its accessories,
or any Shopsmith.
I guess I had to show off the fact that us old farts with our old tools can manage quite a few
woodworking tricks. You might have to trim the wood on the outside of the tenon off. I did
not say it was perfect, just possible.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 04-05-2015 12:15 AM
Would this work?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#11 posted 04-05-2015 12:41 AM

why can’t you make something like a tenoning jig for a table saw, but tweak it so you can clamp it to the table, then clamp the vertical pieces to the flat side. The table should move out of the way enough to make this possible and still get it centered.

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#12 posted 04-05-2015 01:31 AM

Google – Slot mortiser machine.

Matthias Wandel has one out of wood.

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#13 posted 04-05-2015 01:44 AM

Google – Slot mortiser machine.

Matthias Wandel has one out of wood.

I have a Laguna and Love it.

- exelectrician

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#14 posted 04-05-2015 04:09 PM

From your question, it sounds like you may not necessarily need to buy a horizontal drill press. That is a pretty specialized tool and could get expensive. There are lots of ways to make round ends on stool legs that will fit into holes in the stool seat (which I assume is what you are going for). There are a few options below you can look at. One is expensive, but the other you can do for free yourself with a little work and patience. You could also do a floating tenon like Gary Rogowski does in his stools.

Veritas Dowel Maker

Mattias Wandel Method

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#15 posted 04-06-2015 03:30 PM

Thanks for the comments. I’ve wanted to experiment with making round tenons by drilling a mortise and inserting a dowel. I think that would be plenty strong as long as the dowel is seated deep enough. I’ve got a stool project coming up where I have to make a couple dozen round tenons, so I’m looking at options. One other thing I might try is just farming them out to someone with a lathe.

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