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Hi am new here, would like to have a project how to modify my bench drill to act as a router.

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Welcome, not really sure if this would be the best idea, but I think it could be done

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I would make certain that your drill is actually going round and round in perfect circles. I've run into a bunch of the cheaper drill chucks that are far out of round. Even the Jacobs chucks on drills shouldn't be trusted.

Then you have the problem of power. It takes a lot of power to cut wood. Is you drill motor up to it without overheating?
My benchtop drill press is only about 1/2HP and turns a top speed of 3500 RPM. I can imagine the burning that would happen if I tried to use a laminate cutter in it, let alone an ogee bit.

Good Luck... I have been thinking about something like this for a long time for wood like pine, fir and redwood.
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A router spins at >20,000 rpm, a drill press would be too slow to act as an efficient router.( my personal opinion )

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Hi and welcome

Further to what others have said I'd also like to say that I'm not sure a bench drill has suitable bearings. Bench drills are designed with bearings which handle the loads experienced when drilling (i.e. they have thrust bearings) but they are not designed to handle any form of side thrust, the sort of loading experienced in routing. Also, very few bench drills are designed to run at or have bearings capable of achieving router speeds, 12,000 to 24,000 rpm (drills run at 120 to 3,000 rpm or so). Finally drill chucks are rarely concentric enough to accurately hold router cutters spinning at thousands of RPM - routers all use collet chucks for that. I think you may be better off simply buying a low cost router as it will probably cost a lot less than trying to convert a bench drill


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