[Noisebridge-discuss] drill press table

Rebecca Bellovin rmbellov at math.stanford.edu
Thu Apr 12 03:03:33 UTC 2012

On Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:52:31 -0700
John Magolske <listmail at b79.net> wrote:

> * Rebecca Bellovin <rmbellov at math.stanford.edu> [120411 14:23]:
> > [...] I'm referring to the table which is supposed to attach to the
> > column; it's supposed to be perpendicular to the bit, and you put
> > whatever it is you're drilling on the table.  See, for example, the
> > circular table in the picture here:
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Geared_drill_press.jpg
> I donated this drill press to Noisebridge a while back, so will
> comment on it a bit... This is designed to be a wood-working drill
> press, and as such is somewhat different than a
> general-purpose/metal-working drill press (it's ok for drilling
> metal, but more for smaller diameters -- doesn't go quite slow enough
> for large bore cuts in hard materials). Rather than having a table
> that moves up & down relative to a fixed head, the head moves up and
> down relative to a fixed base, or "table". There's a crank on the
> side of the head for raising & lowering it, just be sure to unclamp
> where the head mates to the column before adjusting, and re-clamp
> after making the height adjustment. The whole column/head assembly
> will pivot on the socket in the base, just be sure to
> unclamp/re-clamp that union before & after making any adjustments
> using the clamp knob in the base near the column. And if the drill
> bit is coming down in a region of the base that is not where the slot
> is, and it's a through-hole you're making, please use some sort of
> consumable backing material between the base and your workpiece.

Got it, thanks.


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