Okay, its not the highest end gloat, but a guy I work with asked me if
I wanted a drill press. He wanted to free up space in his shed and he
hadn't used it in 10 years. Its a 12" 12 speed AMT benchtop with a 3/4
HP motor. Its damned heavier and bigger than I thought it would be,
but its quiet, solid, in great condition, and rust free (Dallas isn't
very humid) He tossed in an XY vise and a 10 piece set of cheap
Forstners. He was going to give it to me free, but I wrote him a check
for $40 for his trouble.
This is my first drill press, now I just have to figure out what to do
with it :)
It was a tool I acquired early on. Use it on most every project. A couple
of magazines have had how-to articles on making an extended table with T-
slots for holding stops and clamps. You want at a minimum a fence of some
sort. You can make on out of a couple of pieces of wood at an angle.
Simple fixtures like that make it easy to locate a hole in multiple pieces
and accurately hit the same spot every time.
Get a set of Forstner bits. Good ones are expensive. I bought a cheap set
up to 1". Now I'm starting to replace the most used one with higher quality
bits, but I still have the wood case to store them.
On the forstner bit angle, I got a really nice set of carbide tipped
Freud ones from internationaltool.com, great price, well worth the
money I paid at the time, very durable. No affiliation, just a good
wrote in message
(Dallas isn't very humid)
Oh my word... Compared to What ? The Ocean bottom ?!!??
:-) I've sat in less-humid steam rooms at the Gym :-)
Right now, in Phoenix, the RH is way high at 16% -- and it's nigh-on soggy!
It's an actual 110F but the heat index is only 106F.
(Dallas, in contrast, is at a remarkable low of 40%,
but it's a c-o-l-d 94F with a heat index of 97F.)
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