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I got my new drill press a while a go and after lifting it on the bench i noticed it was very high and hard to operate at this hight.
After contemplating how to bring it to a good working hight like cutting down the bench and loosing two drawers in the process i decided to cut down the column by six inches and that did the trick.
Looking at the result whith a cup of coffe in my hand i thought why not use up the six inch leftover of the column and put a offset into the column to increase the swing from 13" to 21" and called on my buddy the welder to see if he could weld this for me as i was not sure my original design made out of baltic birch ply would be strong enough.
So here is the result and i got my four more inches from the centre of the chuck to the column !
Now my table fits without cutting a slot for the column into the back.

kiefer

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everyone now is envious..great idea
 

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Nice move, McGyver! Another to add to my list of shop projects. Thank You!
 

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Very ingenious. Have you checked it for perpendicularity after the addition?
that is a cool move. I first read the title and it sounded dirty!. I thought you had a porn pic coming with the kink!!!
 

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Your buddy throws a good weld.
Smart idea and execution.
Thanks for showing it.
 

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Well done!
 

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Very clever, I may try the same thing.

Steve.
 

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there goes that warrantee. This is what we call a "special" edition.
 

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thank you everyone for your comments
hope you all took the subject line the right way as there was no kinky stuff intended
yes i checked the alignment of the bit and table today and it is very true
got lucky and my square is bang on
warranty should not be affected as this is only a minor mod and i dont care ( lol )
my wife says she wont loose any sleep over the extra 4 inches
so all is good in kieferland and i am glad you had fun !

kiefer
 

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Good thinking. what an excellent way to get a deeper throat out of a stand tool.
 

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I have been rolling the same idea around in my head for a while now. I have a large floor standing drill press and would love to increase the swing, but I hesitate because I want to be sure it won't throw off the accuracy.
 

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Very smart idea!
 

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Thanks ROZ !

Yes Ken the head is still dead square to the column and perfectly perpendicular to the table and even using big bits every thing stays in line. I think all the metal at the kink payed off and my welder did a great job also.
I sure enjoy having the extra distance to the column to the quill !
KIEFER
 

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I think I will give my press the full six inches it deserves - thanks for showing us the way.
 

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Great conversion.

I went for a RAD which is very handy for

the same reasons.

I find I use the extra stretch a lot more

than I thought I would.

Jamie
 
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