Creative use of a drill press

Real world tips and tricks for the do-it-yourself ethusiast. Tools and parts that make life easy, and simple fabrication tips and tricks.
Post Reply
User avatar
Posts: 2186
Joined: Sun Apr 18, 2004 6:38 pm
Location: Stanwood, WA.

Creative use of a drill press

Post by Nobody » Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:49 pm

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.


User avatar
Posts: 977
Joined: Tue Jan 17, 2006 8:54 am
Location: Kent, Worshington

Post by tekatlarge » Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:28 am

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.
The Tek @ Large
I was borne under a rock. So what's your excuse?

Posts: 84
Joined: Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:56 am
Location: St. Louis

Re: Creative use of a drill press

Post by dgl6y6 » Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:43 pm

Could you add in a fender washer above the cutoff wheel to cut down on deflection?

Lance Skene
Posts: 144
Joined: Fri Dec 27, 2013 8:06 am
Location: Calgary Alberta

Re: Creative use of a drill press

Post by Lance Skene » Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:17 am

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.
'80 Bronco 351M
'85 BII 2.8/Duraspark
'89 F150 302 Supercab

Post Reply