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10-28-2021 02:45 PM

I have been looking at adding a drill press, horizontal boring machine to my workshop of dewalt planer, grizzly polar bear table saw, and Hitachi Miter Saw. I have always had a disire to build and create but was always putting together projects of 2×4 work benches with bottom shelves or my son and I build a 2×4 workbench with the top of the bench that opened to store tools for the table saw. So after working with a cabinet maker I really saw the need for a way to make dowel joints for face frames so that I can step up to making cabinets. I was wanting ideas on what drill press and horizontal borer to get. At the moment I was looking at the grizzly horizontal G0540 that is $700 and drill press I’m not sure. I do know that most of my dowel holes could come from the drill press and just the longer end grain holes would be on the horizontal.

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#1 posted 10-28-2021 02:56 PM

When I first started out, I made a horizontal dowelling machine by laying a drill press on its back and building a table for it. It’s hard to see in the grainy picture, but it worked well. You can pick up a used drill press for cheap.

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#3 posted 10-28-2021 03:26 PM

Do you guys use your Drill Presses that much?

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#4 posted 10-28-2021 04:31 PM

I have three drill presses, a smaller one for little jobs, a bigger one for large/high torque applications and the other large one always has an adjustable diameter fly cutter installed. They all get used quite a bit and at this point, it would be difficult to give one of them up.

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#5 posted 10-28-2021 04:43 PM

Do you guys use your Drill Presses that much?

- dryan

Depends. For woodworking, very rarely. And I have never made furniture with dowels. Unless you count assembling ikea furniture. That said, I use my drill press quite a bit for metal work. If I was going to dowel furniture I’d just buy a jig, vintage or new.

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#6 posted 10-28-2021 05:09 PM

You don’t need a hor boring machine to make face frames, in fact I don’t think many people do so that’s unique to that cab shops methods. Pocket screws are very common

Unless I’ve missed something that machine is more suited to mortising.

I drill press is necessary for drilling cups that’s about all.

Had to do over I’ll buy a bench top drill press

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#7 posted 10-28-2021 06:12 PM

save yourself a lot of work;

- sunnybob

LOL! almost flagged this as Spam!

Only 1 drill press, 17” floor model. Could not imagine not having it, Also have the little Grizzly horizontal mortiser
Mine is the older version(was 1/2 the price) not used all that often but should and could be used a lot more!

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#8 posted 10-28-2021 06:37 PM

Check craigslist for a Shopsmith. Sometimes they’re really priced right.

I made a jig to use my lathe as a horizontal drill press.

Do you guys use your Drill Presses that much?

- dryan

Yes. More than I thought I would.

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#9 posted 10-28-2021 09:25 PM

Yeah I used to use this jig before the domino for flat stock;

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#10 posted 10-28-2021 10:49 PM

Get an old Shopsmith. They are excellent horizontal boring machines. The best use pneumatics to drive the bit into the work so I would discourage getting the Grizzly.

The drill press function of the Shopsmith is pretty good too. The table tilts the other way from a standard drill press and is more useful for woodworking.

A drill press is an essential machine for cabinet making. I’ve seen articles about making jigs for doweling with them. You have to do something like tilt the table at 90 degrees which I’m not sure my drill press will do but I think it will. The article is probably in FWW “Making and Modifying Machines” circa a long time ago book.

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