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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-31-2012, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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I'm new to this forum, and I'm looking for Information on building some equipment for routing / shaping.

Does anyone know where I could purchase a routing chuck for my craftsman drill press?

Anyone have any Ideas about attaching a router to a drill press to add plunging and pin routing capabilities?

Is anyone familiar with the WoodRat? I would like to make something shop-built that would be similar, any ideas?
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You might contact sears to see if they have any. I know they have access to a lot of replacement parts and could maybe do the hunting down of it for you.
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Welcome to the forum.

Thank you for joining us, Dave.

"Does anyone know where I could purchase a routing chuck for my craftsman drill press?"

I doubt I would go this path. The drill press may be way too slow for routing.

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Hey Dave; welcome!
Are you thinking along the lines of a milling machine?
Routers spin at 16K rpm and up, I don't think you'd want to attempt those kinds of speeds with a drill press...at least not without Kevlar body armour.
Mounting the router on the DP on the other hand almost makes sense. Wasn't there a recent thread about this app. recently?
Personally, the idea of using one hand to drop the router/DP while using the other to do what exactly(?) gives me the willies...I envision loss of body parts down the road.
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Welcome aboard, Dave. I am fairly new also and one of my first posts had a similar question related to a dovetail router jig for the Craftsman drill press. My dad owned a 1950's vintage Craftsman drill press and redesigned the step-up pulley system to increase the speed so that he could use the drill press as a router. This meant that he could insert a special router collet sold by Sears back in the late 40's & early 50's into the chuck and use the 1/2-in Craftsman router bits. If memory serves me correctly, the two main issues with this set-up were (1)getting the right speed for the router bit, and (2) safety. If the collect was not seated properly, the router bit could easily spin off the chuck and do bodily harm. I believe that Craftsman stopped selling router bits for their drill presses for these two reasons. Here is the link to my original post along with other member comments ... Sorry, but I don't have any knowledge of the Woodrat line of routers.

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Hi, Dave. I have owned a WoodRat since 2006. In operation it behaves much like a Vertical Milling Machine. It uses your router, and can move and control the bit in any of the 3-axis. X-Y-Z. And it provides clamping a board in about 3 orientations.

The manufacturer claims it does away with the need of a router table. Not entirely a true statement. If you are doing edge profiles on large, long or heavy sheets or timbers, a router table would be easier and safer.

Where the WR shines is in making joints. It will make beautiful Dovetails, Finger (comb) Joints, Mortise and Tenons. The tooling can equal the cost of the machine, but you don't need jigs. In some cases you might want a jig, and some of these can be made in the shop.

One most people might want helps in clamping long pieces for cutting a mortise. You can make one yourself in about an hour. Two others that are sold by the company and by the Craftsman Gallery in Ohio are useful for cutting compound angled tenons for chairs and for doing flat work need in making boxes. Or inlay.

Unless you were a machinist, it would be cheaper to simply buy the machine. They turn up for sale from time to time on eBay and the WoodRat Forum. Send me an email and I'll send you back a free 43-page instruction guide for the machine.

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Hi Everybody!

I'm new to this forum, and I'm looking for Information on building some equipment for routing / shaping.

Does anyone know where I could purchase a routing chuck for my craftsman drill press?

Anyone have any Ideas about attaching a router to a drill press to add plunging and pin routing capabilities?

Is anyone familiar with the WoodRat? I would like to make something shop-built that would be similar, any ideas?
"Hi Bob
If they do that seems to run counter to everything that drill press manufacturers say about not axial loading their machines. For the benefit of others axial loading means moving the workpiece horizontally whilst drilling because the bearings aren't designed for that sort of stress and will fail prematurely
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