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    Tired of your tiny drill press table? Well watch this!

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    Be sure to bolt that machine to the floor. Most drill presses are extremely top heavy to begin with, so making it easier to upset the machines balance can lead to unwanted surprises.

    Your post has had me thinking over the past couple of days why no body has developed a drill press with X&Y axis. Seems like a simpler solution than the cantilevered approach of a radial ARM drill.

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    Thanks for the feedback. That location for the drill press is temporary, I’m in the process, albeit slowly, of building out that shop, so I didn’t want to poke holes in the concrete until I pick a final destination for the drill press and all the other stationary tools. Maybe a little dangerous but I live on the edge sometimes. For your drill press with the XY axis, get to work on that one and share your design on here! There’s your million dollar idea right there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIYTheArtofWood View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. That location for the drill press is temporary, I’m in the process, albeit slowly, of building out that shop, so I didn’t want to poke holes in the concrete until I pick a final destination for the drill press and all the other stationary tools. Maybe a little dangerous but I live on the edge sometimes. For your drill press with the XY axis, get to work on that one and share your design on here! There’s your million dollar idea right there.
    Understand 100% as my shop /cellar is in a constant state of flux as I insulate, try to fix plumbing and otherwise do everything but fun work. Frankly the only tool that really bothers me roll over safety wise is the drill press. I had to disassemble my current one to get it into the cellar and it was a lot of work to get it upright and put the head on. That was some time ago and being a bit older I donít think Iíd want to do it alone again, all the weight is in the wrong place.

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    You’re 100% right. They are way too top heavy. And you are really causing me to pause a moment and think that I need to address this sooner than later. Either pick a final spot and anchor it down, or not worry about a couple holes in the concrete and anchor it down where it sits even if it will be moved again in the not too distant future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizard69 View Post
    Be sure to bolt that machine to the floor. Most drill presses are extremely top heavy to begin with, so making it easier to upset the machines balance can lead to unwanted surprises.

    Your post has had me thinking over the past couple of days why no body has developed a drill press with X&Y axis. Seems like a simpler solution than the cantilevered approach of a radial ARM drill.
    Yes, there were and are drill presses with an X-Y coordinate movement. It's called a Bridgeport......
    JK, I use one too. But such drill presses were called layout drills; Cleereman and Fosdick made all the few I've encountered.

    Most upright machines are top heavy, round column drills likely worst of all. But I wouldn't feel need to anchor per se. I'd bolt existing base to a secondary foot plate, or outriggers. Won't tip but still 'mobile', maybe relocatable is more accurate.


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