Workbench #2: Assembling Legs and Stretchers

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Blog entry by cso posted 10-23-2012 01:06 AM 6434 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Got the legs and stretchers together using drawboring technique. I used white oak dowels I made with a homemade dowel plate. Couldn’t cough up $50 for a Lie-Neilson one. Time to start cutting the mortises to connect the top to the base assembly. Unfortunately, my drill press chuck has issues. Any help on what I need to do here?

Thanks for looking,


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#1 posted 10-23-2012 01:18 AM

Fix the drill press chuck? If it is a runout issue then use a thinner bit to stay within the area of your mortise and chisel out the rest.

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#2 posted 10-23-2012 03:27 AM

Check the taper on the drill press for run out and if it is OK, get a new chuck and make your drill press a new tool.

The jaws on a chuck will deform over time or if it is used for routing from the pressure placed on them, both lateral and radial pressure.

If the run out on the taper is too much then to only choice is what derosa said!

Good luck in any case and report your success!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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