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  • As some of you know, I have wanted to stop managing H-M for some time. It's a tremendous strain on my personal life. I want to set up my own shop. In September, September 15, to be exact, it will be 8 years that Hobby-Machinist has been in existence.

    I have been training VTCNC to run things here. Dabbler is going to learn too. I feel that they are ready to start taking over the operation. I will be here to help in case they need, but I don't think they will. Tony Wells is and will be here also to consult with. I will be doing backups, upgrades, and installing addons. Other than that, I will not be around. I am leaving this place in good operating condition, and financial condition.

The Franken-Drill

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Feb 24, 2018
I do quite of drilling, of small and odd shaped parts, for work and for personal jobs in the shop. I‘ve alway wanted a good X-Y drill, but never found one, I liked. Most were nothing more than a drill press, with an aftermarket X-Y table, usually poorly done.

I had a good quality 20” Jet drill press, then I found a Altas/Clausing (Johansson) #8520 milling machine, that had no head assembly, or at least not a saveable complete head assembly. The knee/column and table assembly, were in excellent condition. So I machined a 12” diameter x 3/4” steel disc to bolt to the top of the mill column, then modified the Jet DP column, got rid of the base and table, then bolted the modified DP column to the 3/4” disc.

After truing the column, installing new table handles and a one-shot oiling system, the Franken-Drill has become a very valuable piece of equipment in the shop. I use it almost daily, a very solid drill press, with the benefit of an X-Y table.

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Oct 13, 2014
Nice Job, Looks really solid!


Active User
Mar 19, 2014
Very nice work! I have a Clausing VS drill dress. And I find myself going over to my Bridgeport mill to make holes:rolleyes:...Dave
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