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Creative use of a drill press

Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:49 pm
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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Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:28 am
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: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=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.

Re: Creative use of a drill press

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:43 pm
by dgl6y6
Could you add in a fender washer above the cutoff wheel to cut down on deflection?

Re: Creative use of a drill press

Posted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:17 am
by Lance Skene
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.