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Posted on Using antique post drill or handcrank drill press

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#1 posted 11-26-2018 01:31 AM

You will definitely want the self feeding feature, whichever type of drill you choose. It is indispensable for hand cranked boring. I have a “franken-drill”, which has the head stock of a smallish self feed post drill rigged onto the post of a once-electric drill press. (I think it is a Buffalo Forge #40) I rigged a chuck from a junk brace I got in a job lot of bits with a short length of 1/2” stock to fit in the post drill’s chuck. This allows me to use bits with the tapered tang, and, since a brace chuck works holds hex shaft bits well I got a small chuck with a hex end for smaller bits. I also bought some “shorty” hex-shaft boring bits from Harbor Freight, which are like auger bits, in sizes 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 5/8, 3/4 and 1” diameters. A few pieces of “junk” here and there, a little effort, and there you are.

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