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HF 8 inch Drill Press - Extend post

Discussion in 'HARBOR FREIGHT, CENTRAL MACHINERY & BUSY BEE' started by gorlosky, Mar 3, 2014.

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    gorlosky United States Active User Active Member

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    gorlosky United States Active User Active Member

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    The tube is 46 mm and no one carries that in a 2 foot length, like OnlineMetals.com or a small supplier that I can find.
    Any Metric website similar to OnlineMetals ? I find a lot of 45 and 50 mm tube, but not 46mm.
     
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    45mm might be good enough. If not for the base and head you can use some shim stock. The table might work or you can use shim stock there too but could need some fussing with when you move the table.
     
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    I did this to bring my quill up to a comfortable eye level height for me

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    Couple of pieces of flat plate that conveniently were already the correct diameter. A piece of pipe that conveniently was close enough to the correct length. And 4 bits of flat bar for stiffeners......... that most inconviently, required cutting! Oh yeah, I did need to drill holes for the bolts ;)
    Take your time to make sure the 2 flanges are parallel and plumb and its all good

    Cheers Phil

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    So how did you do it?
     
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    I have one of these drill presses as well, I would love to know what pipe us used for the Extension
     
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    My drill press uses a 3" tube and I found that a lolly column works just fine for a longer tube and can be bought at any Home Depot or Lowe's
     

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