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    Drill press??

    I'm casually looking for a drill press. I think this will be my next tool purchase.

    I recently made my first mortise and tenon joints. My mortise jig worked, but was NOT nice and neat work.


    What should I be looking for?


    • Floor model or bench top?
    • Minimum HP suggestion?
    • Speeds?
    • What else?


    I sold a couple hundred bucks worth of horse manure compost so far, so that is my budget. I see lots of bench tops for a lot less and some decent looking floor models in that $200 range on CL. Anything I need to stay away from?

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    Re: Drill press??

    Did not notice price but we looked at the Rikon floor model at Klingspor at I was impressed.



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    Re: Drill press??

    Please don't think about using mortising attachment on a DP. You can drill out mortises using a forstener bit.Then clean up side walls with a chisel.

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    Re: Drill press??

    I bought the Jet bench top a few months ago. I love it. It is also the one we have on the trailer. It IS a bit more than $200 though.
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    I bought a Delta bench top model off CL for $40. Still have it. Found out quick, fast and in a hurry it wasn't enough for woodworking. I think that was the moment I realized, buy a little more than you think you may need. A couple tax refunds later, I bought a 17" Jet. Added a Woodpeckers table to it. On occasion, I have found its still not large enough.

    PS I found a new Jet mortise jig with bits on eBay. Jet probably hadn't made it in years but it was new, never used. Think I paid around $75 for it. Know why that didn't work out.

    Two opposed edge guides on my Bosch router and a four flute end mill, with loose tenons seems to work out better.

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    I have a Porter Cable floor model that I got dirt cheap when Lowes (or was it HD) had them on clearance. It works adequately enough for what I use it for, which is pretty much just drilling (round) holes in things. I bought a dedicated shopfox mortiser a while back. Oddly, it seemed like a good idea at the time, but I don't tend to use it that much. I lived with a table top drill press for years, but the "full size" one is nicer (especially because it has a variety of speeds which is helpful if you're swinging big bits or fly cutters). The one thing I did get was a nicer table that clamps on to the regular table that I use most of the time but I do have a cheap cross vice I use for the odd time I need to drill into some metal.
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    Re: Drill press??

    Quote Originally Posted by junquecol View Post
    Please don't think about using mortising attachment on a DP. You can drill out mortises using a forstener bit.Then clean up side walls with a chisel.
    Agreed, drill presses make for very poor power mortisers, in part because they are not designed to provide the leverage necessary for the chisels nor have a spring strong enough to reliably retract the chisel from the board. If what you really want is a power mortiser then that is what your purchase should be as nothing else will work nearly as well. Otherwise, as Bruce mentions, it is not difficult to hog out waste with Forstner bits then clean up and square the sides manually afterwards with a chisel.

    Otherwise, what you want to look for in a drill press is the range of speeds it offers, especially towards the lower end (for use with large bits), length of quill travel (how much depth do you require), the ease of speed changes (usually pretty simple with most belt drives), easy quill depth stop setting, horsepower of motor (3/4-1 HP if you do a lot of hogging with large bits, otherwise 1/2-3/4HP is usually adequate), adjustable range of shelf, etc. What you need at a minimum depends heavily upon what you plan to do with it.

    If you do buy a mortiser, though, it is also worthwhile to purchase the sharpening cones whose angle matches your mortising chisels to help you keep the chisels nice and sharp. The drill bit can be easily sharpened using a file or diamond paddle but the sharpening cones for the chisels really helps you maintain their geometry over time and encourages you to keep them sharp.

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    Re: Drill press??

    I have a General benchtop mortiser that I would be willing to let go it is great shape with chisels and all.
    I dont have a picture right now but it is this model.
    http://www.rockler.com/how-to/genera...ile-headstock/
    250 Let me know if you want it.
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    Re: Drill press??

    Quote Originally Posted by gmakra View Post
    I have a General benchtop mortiser that I would be willing to let go it is great shape with chisels and all.
    I dont have a picture right now but it is this model.
    http://www.rockler.com/how-to/genera...ile-headstock/
    250 Let me know if you want it.
    George
    George, you should place this in the classifieds.

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    I understand about the classified adds.But this thread got me thinking so I offered it up.

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    I bought a RIDGID 15 in. drill press a couple years back and thought it would be just an interim tool, but I really like it's performance, now the new model has been upgraded to a 3/4hp motor. I think it would be a great addition to your shop, plus it qualifies for the RIDGID Lifetime Service Agreement, with free part and service for life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmakra View Post
    I have a General benchtop mortiser that I would be willing to let go it is great shape with chisels and all.
    I dont have a picture right now but it is this model.
    http://www.rockler.com/how-to/genera...ile-headstock/
    250 Let me know if you want it.
    George
    Thanks, but I"m looking for a good all around DP that could also be used for mortising.

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    A drill press is a make-do ​mortiser at best. It is not built to take the strain on it's bearings etc. Buy a mortiser to do mortises. For a wood working drill press look for a used Shopsmith. I have a 520 I bought years ago and it now is my drill press. It is also a horizontal DP. An really neat machine to have around if you ever need one.

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    Re: Drill press??

    I recently made my first mortise and tenon joints. My mortise jig worked, but was NOT nice and neat work.
    Is this the jig that Mike Davis suggested and you made it work pretty well without a plunge router? What were you expecting in order to label the outcome "nice and neat"?

    https://www.ncwoodworker.net/forums/...age=2&p=591747

    A drill press is a handy addition for many other uses besides roughing out mortises with Forstner bits (you'll still have to clean up the mortise with a chisel to make it "nice and neat").

    I have this bench top Craftsman (2/3 hp, 620-3120 rpm) that works fine for me over 12 years.

    http://www.sears.com/craftsman-10inc...p-00921900000P

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwPO3Hsen50

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    Re: Drill press??

    Mortising aside, I have a Delta benchtop drill press and after using it for over 15 years, I wish I had a floor model. It does a decent job, but with the height of my benches and the shortness of my legs, the location of the drill press's table isn't always conducive for easy drilling. There have also been many times where I wish I had a more powerful model which you can get in a floor model.

    I have the Delta mortising kit for drill press, but I've never taken it out of the box.

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