Creative use of a drill press

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Creative use of a drill press

Post by Nobody »

This is a trick I learned from EBSTEVE. Attach a cutoff wheel to an arbor, and you have an instant milling machine...well not quite. For the most part it works very well. I did find I get a little bit of deflection on the cutoff wheel, but after it wore down a bit, it worked better.

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Post by tekatlarge »

That is a good suggestion there Nobody.

I used to use that same approach approach Untill I finally bought a Mill.

Here is a very cheep way to improve on the drill press mill.

for a mere 40 bucks you can get a machinists cross slide vise that you can crank back and forth like a (mini) mill table. The vise gets secured to the drill table and you feed the part in by cranking the handles. Check out this vice at Harbor Fright!! :eek: ... number=538

For 40 bucks you have basically a milling machine. Next step would be to buy a couple of end mills and away you go.
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Re: Creative use of a drill press

Post by dgl6y6 »

Could you add in a fender washer above the cutoff wheel to cut down on deflection?
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Re: Creative use of a drill press

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I buy router bits made for use with steel and aluminum, since they are designed with cutting edges on the side of the bit they work very well with a cross slide vise.
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