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Old 08-08-2007, 10:17 PM #1
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using a drill press as a mill

ok so if i use my drill press with milling bits to mill soft aluminum like spyder frame with light presser on the horizontal part will it still wear out the bearings in my drill press? or should i buy like a cheap plug in drill and use it to mill and sumhow hold it steady with a stand?
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Old 08-08-2007, 11:29 PM #2
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Old 08-08-2007, 11:42 PM #3
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Old 08-08-2007, 11:48 PM #4
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ok ok so i just wont do it the lazy mans way....mama mia u guys dont tell me what i want to hear.
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Old 08-10-2007, 12:38 AM #6
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ive tried that cus our mill at school was broken and it doesnt work.
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Old 08-10-2007, 01:03 AM #7
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i got my drill pres to work.... cept u need a rotary bit for makes the grooves in metal... hook it up and take of a little metal off the top at a time dont jsut got through and try takin it all off at once, jsut think layer with each pass.
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i got my drill pres to work.... cept u need a rotary bit for makes the grooves in metal... hook it up and take of a little metal off the top at a time dont jsut got through and try takin it all off at once, jsut think layer with each pass.
yep, thats the best way to do it.
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Old 08-10-2007, 03:34 AM #9
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It is possible with an x-y-z axis table and rotary bits. As long as you use bloodangel13's method
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Old 08-10-2007, 07:46 AM #10
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You shouldn't do this because of the way a drill press is made. the milling will be absolutely ****ty, you'll get a ton of chatter. The spindle on a drill press isn't strong enough to not bend when you try to mill anything.
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Old 08-10-2007, 09:24 AM #11
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Old 08-10-2007, 10:30 AM #12
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wasnt there a thread where someone they said how to convert your drill press to a mill?
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Old 08-10-2007, 01:32 PM #13
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wasnt there a thread where someone they said how to convert your drill press to a mill?
I did a bit of a writeup with pics of how to hold the endmills and not let them rattle out.

I also stressed most firmly that using a drill press for milling totally sucks. Before I got my proper mill I used my drill press mod for doing some mortises (slots) in wood and some very light milling on aluminium. It did fine on the wood but was just barely shy of useless for metal. Serious chatter, extremely limited cutting loads and a total lack of graduations to allow for measured cuts means that it's just not worth the effort.

As a bonus the side loads from an end mill combined with the chatter will loosen up the chuck from the taper and it'll just fall down into your workpiece.

If you're milling a slot in the side of a body I'd recomend drilling a line of holes and then use files or a Dremel to open them up and clean it to form your slot.
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