What's wrong with this guy's shop?

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  • cwsmith
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    Good point!

    I can't see the DP's base clear enough to see that he has done that. It almost looks like it's sitting within a framed box.

    CWS

  • LCHIEN
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    Except it's recommended to bolt down your DP base to the table; DP are notoriously top heavy.

  • cwsmith
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    Yes, but is that an optical illusion? Look at the base of the drill press and the depth of the bench top. In the photo it appears that he has eight or so inches in front of the drill press and about a foot or so behind it. He can probably partially open top as it is (not enough to change the belt position), but he could move the press forward enough, perhaps). I do agree that he probably rarely adjusts the belt.

    I have a Ridgid 1550 floor standing drill press and on first positioning it in my shop, I had placed it back too close to the wall. I went to adjust the belt and found I couldn't tip the lid back all the way and had to move my press forward a few inches. One of shortcomings I had was remembering what speed I had the belts positioned to. As a remedy, I made some small magnetic labels that I keep in a small container on the DP tray. I stick the current RPM to the front, right above the quill, so I'll know at a glance, without having to lift the cover to check.

    CWS

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  • twistsol
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    Therein lies one of the fabulous things about a Shopsmith. Variable speed drill press with the turn of a dial. Of course the minimum speed of 750 rpm without the power pro headstock or an add-on speed reducer is a drawback.

  • LCHIEN
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    Exactly! That jumped out at me, too, either the guy doesn't use his drill press at all or he never changes the speed (a lot of people actually are guilty of that) because with the low clearance over the belt compartment lid which is hinged on the side, there's no way he can open that lid to access the belts to change the speed. A secondary issue is that there seems to be little room to grab the quill elevation handles.

    I change my speed all the time to suit the bit, hole size and material being drilled.

    Its not really wrong but all dozens his tools are deWalt yellow except for the Bosch Palm router he is working with and a Delta Drill press.
    Last edited by LCHIEN; 11-18-2023, 07:29 PM.

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  • twistsol
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    Is this like one of those where's Waldo things?

    The first thing that jumps out at me is that the drill press is unusable where it is because there is no room to grab the handle and you can't open the top to change speeds so it must be moved out of its cubby.
    There is also sheet of plywood and a Festool MFT/3 table in front of his drawers.
    Who would by IKEA cabinets for their woodshop when they could make their own. (Nevermind, I did that in my prior shop)

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  • LCHIEN
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    What's wrong with this guy's shop?

    I was watching this video on the internet.
    One thing caught my eye/ What's wrong with this guy's shop setup?

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    Last edited by LCHIEN; 11-16-2023, 01:39 AM.
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