'Ol Dave's Woodshop - Where woodworkers are not all Pros  

'Ol Dave's Woodshop - Where woodworkers are not all Pros
                                                                   "Where woodworkers are not all Pros"
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Drill Presses in 'Ol Dave's Woodshop
My present drill press is an older Eagle Model MADP062PMA, 16 Speed, 3/4 H.P with a 5/8 inch chuck that I got from my brother a couple of years ago.  I purchased some "T" slot from Rockler and made a larger table and fence for it.  I also went to one of the local Big Boxes and bought a couple of aluminum yardsticks and utilized them on both sides of the table.  This helps me in lining up the fence square to the table.  I also purchased some hold down knobs for both the table slots and the fence track so that I could use them to support fixturing.
Dave's 1992 Eagle Drill Press
The drill press sits on the left side of the South wall of the shop.  You can see a small 10 inch Delta table saw just to the right of the drill press.  The Delta saw is a Model TS200 LS and I bought this saw when I first decided to get into the hobby because it was not too expensive (in fact it was very cheap....somewhere in the $100 range) and it really amazed me what it could do!  I'll tell you this, the Delta saw has no problem ripping a full sheet of 3/4" plywood.  The only problem I had was getting enough roller supports (and extra help) in place to be able to safely do the cutting of that plywood!  The fence is kind of "Rinky-Dink" but with a little patience, can be set up accurately enough to do major projects such as the sewing and hobby hutch that I made for my wife (photos below right).

I also have a smaller bench top drill press that I use for the smaller jobs or if I have a couple of operations going and I don't necessarily want to keep making setup changes.  It's a Central Machinery Model SKU 7242, 5 Speed with a 1/2 inch chuck.  You'll be able to see it if you continue the tour and catch a view of the left side of my East shop wall.

All in all, I have been pleased with what I have been able to do with these older and lesser than top of the line tools.  I do have some newer and better quality stuff to show you.....so it's not all old, but what excites me is that I know that I am going to be continually learning and improving my skills using the older tools and, with a little luck, be able to acquire better quality tools down the road.  Isn't that the desire that most of you have? 

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