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    horizontal drill press?

    Any suggestions on converting a drill press to a horizontal drill press? I'm a weekend woodworking warrior; buying a true horizontal boring machine is financially out of the question. I'm looking for a cheap alternative. I'm thinking along the lines of converting a (yet to be purchased) bench-top drill press to horizontal.

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    RE: horizontal drill press?

    Welcome to the Forum, Zane!!!

    I've seen and used jigs for horizontal boring....All for hand held drills, corded and non-corded. How "deep" do you need to go?

    Dano

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    RE: horizontal drill press?

    >How "deep" do you
    >need to go?
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    >Dano

    Thanks for the welcom.

    The reach doesn't need to be far, as I'll be drilling into the end of 1" stock, or into the end of dowels. The depth of the drilling in most cases would only be a couple of inches; any further than that I would anticipate achieving my repositioning the workpiece and using longer drill bits.


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    RE: horizontal drill press?

    Welcome, Zane!

    You may not actually need to tip the drill press on its side to do most of the work you have in mind - you may be able to do it all with thoughtfully-constructed drill press fences and jigs.

    A benchtop drill press can be mounted at the edge of a bench, too, and the workpiece stood on the floor - or clamped to the end of the bench - to end-bore longer workpieces. It's when you're drilling into the ends of stuff longer than about four feet that you really want a horizontal boring machine.

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    RE: horizontal drill press?

    Welcome to the Forum!

    I have 2 horizontal drilling machines in my shop. They are called lathes. }>
    While everybody is trying to drill straight with jigs on drill presses, I just chuck up what I want to drill and bore away.
    The chuck and drill bit are usually in tailstock and stationary, the wood spins held in the jaws of the scroll jaw chuck of the lathe.

    But because the chuck for the drill bits is a #2 Morse taper, it can also be the spinning element.

    Lots of ways to skin a cat... ;)

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    RE: horizontal drill press?

    Zane,
    I solved the horizontal boring machine by using a BeadLoc (for loose tenons) drilling guide and a home built fence with clamps. I'm able to accurately drill dowel holes for face frames w/o a problem.

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    RE: horizontal drill press?

    Does the table on your drill press rotate far enough to turn it on it's side at 90* from level? Most drill presses have slotted bases you can clamp something on like a peice of angle iron with a flat welded to the end.. How about just laying the drill press down on the bench on it's back?

    mark61

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