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Thread: Supporting LARGE stock at the Drill press...

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    London, Ontario

    Supporting LARGE stock at the Drill press...

    Just a quick post on a simple technique...

    I have a modest sized basement shop, so I'm wary of adding in anything that takes floor space. As such, I don't have any mobile outfeed supports (like this). Normally, that isn't a problem.

    Today I wanted to rough out some shallow mortises in the head+foot of a bed I am making, to accept the stub-tenons from the rails. I suppose I should have done this before I assembled the head and footboards... Oh well, live and learn.

    I considered a chisel, but that's too much work. I considered a hand drill, but feared it would be too hard to get consistent results. But my drillpress table is only about 14x20inches at best, which is way too small for this job! I needed some help.

    As I was looking about for something to use for stock support, I happened to notice that the fence on my jointer was almost the same height as my drillpress table. That'll work! I checked with the tape measure and adjusted the drillpress table to match the height. I draped a protective mat over the jointer fence, and set up the drillpress to make my mortises.

    Worked like a charm.
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    There's usually more than one way to do it... ........

  2. #2
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    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Ingenuity at work.
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  3. #3
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    Dec 2006
    Floydada, Tx
    I like it. Anything that will work.

  4. #4
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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    yup sometimes just a milk crate and few pieces of scrap wood to make the level right for wider support table..
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  5. #5
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Pretty ingenious solution
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Looks like it worked great, Art. My lathe runs parallel with the outfeed from my bandsaw. When I've needed to resaw long boards, I've swung the lathe banjo out so it's in line with the bandsaw outfeed, then adjusted the tool rest to the same height as my bandsaw table. For as seldom as I have a need to resaw long lumber, it's just the ticket.
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