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    Drill press mod

    I have a big floor drill press in my shop but I don't have one in my "hobby workshop". So there was a bench drill press on offer at lidl and thought I should get one and make some improvements. This is the original model :


    The biggest problem with those bench models is the shallow throat. I build guitars as a hobby and i needed a big throat to be able to drill bridge post holes in body blanks. I used scrap pieces of square tubing for the construction. I drilled 4 holes at the back of the drill head and fixed it on the vertical tubing. I made the holes oversized on purpose, so that I could fine tune the alignment of the head in relation to the table. I moved the motor further back and got a matching belt to get it running. The table is just another piece of square tubing with an old cabinet door bolted on top. Finally, I made a bracket with welded steel plates so that the table can travel up and down. I used the original threaded handle to tighten the bracket on the vertical column.

    Here's a photo with the original base in front for comparison :

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    Christophe Mineau's Tools
    Wao, that's a mod !
    Congratulations !
    I like it !
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    Great idea.
    Sorry my mistakes in english.
    to share your tip >>> http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/tool-tips-tricks/ <<<

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    Thanks immortalx! I've added your Drill Press Modification to our Drilling and Drill Presses category, as well as to your builder page: immortalx's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:


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    WOWA thats some serious square tubing their partner....Great Mod now I have to clear my throat too..

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    I really like that mod!!! If only I could do that to my mill .
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    Great mod, and a very practical solution to your specific need.

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    Thanks guys

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    Allow me to join the chorus in thanking you for the fine example of making something that was good better.

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    Pretty awesome mod you have there. I have a small Craftsman drill press that I have been trying to get to drill straight. Now I see your mod, and I may copy it to give me a bit more room while drilling. Thanks for posting your project.

    Ron

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