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Not sure if this is the best category for this,...I had a small Harbor Freight Mill for awhile, didn't use it enough to keep the money out of circulation, so I decided to make a wooden X-Y table for my vintage bench drill press.
I have done some "wood milling" with it, as well as sanding parts feeding it with the cross feed, and cutting arcs with the optional rotary table. What do you think?
 

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That's a great idea Jim and with a custom designed router table to accommodate it could have lots of uses, especially in the X direction for mortice and tenon joints. Well done.
 

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Well thought out. However, IMHO you should only use it for light work, as the bearings in drill presses are not designed for lateral pressure.
Normal motion in a drill press is up and down, which is what the bearings are designed for. Milling machines use bearings suited to side pressures.

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I will post photos clarifying the interconnection between the X and Y slides. basically it consists of a dovetailed hardwood slide, in the center is a 10mm dia steel furniture connector (1/4-20 threaded) used for knock down assembly.
My old Delta Milwaukee drill press has much stouter contruction in the head than do most of the modern Chinese imports. And I use slow feed rates, and am not likely to mill steel. But I do like to push the envelope and see what breaks, then address that:moil:
Thanks for the feedback!
 

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Well thought out. However, IMHO you should only use it for light work, as the bearings in drill presses are not designed for lateral pressure.
Normal motion in a drill press is up and down, which is what the bearings are designed for. Milling machines use bearings suited to side pressures.

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I would imagine if he doesn't try to hog out a 1" deep slot at one time but instead does that in steps it would probably be alright.

A little off topic (but somewhat related) but that is one of the reasons I have hesitated on using drum sanders designed for drill presses. I have a benchtop Ryobi drill press, and was wondering if it could handle one of these: Rubber Sanding Drum Set
 

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Hi Paulo

For a little bit, the dress press is not the same as a mill :)

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A little off topic (but somewhat related) but that is one of the reasons I have hesitated on using drum sanders designed for drill presses. I have a benchtop Ryobi drill press, and was wondering if it could handle one of these: Rubber Sanding Drum Set[/quote]
 

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Somebody needs to tell this guy he can't do that!
Milling instruction video: Milling on the Drill Press by Jose Rodriguez

When using it for stock removal, I make shallow passes, about .030" deep. When using it for drum sanding the ends of stock, about the same. One place where it is most useful is accurate drilling,...I clamp a digital caliper on it, (or 2).
I have used a rechargeable drill with a hex socket to power feed it when routing wood, it's a bit over stimulating.

Why didn't I just buy a crossfeed vise? X-axis range, weight, accuracy of adjusting ways on Chinese vises looks pretty dodgy, and I remember seeing old articles for making wooden lathes and cross feed vises and couldn't resist the bug. Everything came from the local hardware store, mostly 1/4-20 fasteners and threaded rod, plus a couple of those special "bed nuts". I don't know what they are actually called.
 

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Somebody needs to tell this guy he can't do that!
Milling instruction video: Milling on the Drill Press by Jose Rodriguez

When using it for stock removal, I make shallow passes, about .030" deep. When using it for drum sanding the ends of stock, about the same. One place where it is most useful is accurate drilling,...I clamp a digital caliper on it, (or 2).
I have used a rechargeable drill with a hex socket to power feed it when routing wood, it's a bit over stimulating.

Why didn't I just buy a crossfeed vise? X-axis range, weight, accuracy of adjusting ways on Chinese vises looks pretty dodgy, and I remember seeing old articles for making wooden lathes and cross feed vises and couldn't resist the bug. Everything came from the local hardware store, mostly 1/4-20 fasteners and threaded rod, plus a couple of those special "bed nuts". I don't know what they are actually called.
I have a mill/drill which is a converted Chinese multispeed drill press, I do light milling on brass and aluminium, whilst the quill bearings are quite hefty, the shaft isn't hollow and so a draw bar can't be fitted, but for wood, I really don't see a problem. For heavy milling I use the metal lathe with the milling slide.
 

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H7979 5-1/2" x 12" Compound Slide Table
G5757 Compound Slide Table

The drill press that have a round table top will rotate. so no need to add a "rotary" fixture, it's built in.

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Throw in $14-$16 for shipping plus another $20 for a drill press vise and shipping and it starts adding up (obviously for some that's nothing, for others that's alot). I applaud Sparky's inventiveness.

I will throw out another option if it's alright though. In a Popular Woodworking article, they show one of the compound slide table you posted and then show how to mod a cross sliding vise to save money.

Basically you disassemble a vise, drill and tap two 1/4-20 holes, and re-assemble it and you have a better vise. In that article it's not for milling though, they use it for making mortises. Make a hole, slide the piece over, and make another hole.

The Grizzly vise the used in that article opens to 3 3/4", but the Harbor Freight vise is assembled the exact same way and will work if you choose to make one.

5" Cross Slide Vise
6" Cross Slide Vise

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