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Offline Kev

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Would a drill press be out of the question?
« on: November 19, 2011, 12:16 AM »
I've seen a few "asks" on here that seem to be a bit beyond the realm of Festool's typical products, but a well positioned hole is a common want ... things like a well positioned bot hole through a 150mm piece of stock.

I'm imagining something that extends an MFT.

Kev.

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Re: Would a drill press be out of the question?
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2011, 09:39 AM »
I bet a Festool drill press would have some good built in features. For such seemingly simple tool there sure is a pile of work around add ons to make it do certain tasks. Dust collection , or more properly " getting the chips out of the way". Fences, spacers, table wideners, lasers, etc, etc.

Having some of that stuff designed in would be nice.

Seth

Offline VictorL

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Re: Would a drill press be out of the question?
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2011, 11:43 AM »
Protool makes GDP Drill stands. But we don't have Protool official precence in the USA :(
Hi Tech drill press with would b very nice.

VictorL

Offline Curtis Hight

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Re: Would a drill press be out of the question?
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2011, 10:00 PM »
A drill press designed to excel in boring square holes would be of great interest to me; or some other solution to the task of boring square holes.

Offline Frank-Jan

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Re: Would a drill press be out of the question?
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2011, 03:29 AM »
Protool makes GDP Drill stands. But we don't have Protool official precence in the USA :(
Hi Tech drill press with would b very nice.

VictorL

This company sells protool in the US: link (They have lots of videos on youtube showing a.o. mafell tools)

Offline fdengel

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Re: Would a drill press be out of the question?
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2011, 06:23 AM »

This company sells protool in the US: link (They have lots of videos on youtube showing a.o. mafell tools)


A very limited set of tools, NONE of which appear to be on the official Protool site, and why would I want any of the ones they list over those from some other company?

That site seems rather suspicious... and Protool does not list a NA presence on their site...

http://www.protool-online.com/

Offline Alex

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Re: Would a drill press be out of the question?
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2011, 07:17 AM »
Protool makes GDP Drill stands.

Those things are MASSIVE. Not something the average woodworker has a use for. They're for framing.


A very limited set of tools, NONE of which appear to be on the official Protool site, and why would I want any of the ones they list over those from some other company?

That site seems rather suspicious... and Protool does not list a NA presence on their site...

Perhaps you should not jump to conclusions too quickly.

First, how about the fact that EVERYONE of those tools can be found on Protool's official websites.

Saws, drill guides, guide rail

Sorry for using the Dutch website, but Protool's online presence in the English speaking world seems somewhat lacking.

Second, it's interesting to read this part about HEMA on that firm's site.
« Last Edit: November 30, 2011, 07:29 AM by Alex »

Offline fdengel

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Re: Would a drill press be out of the question?
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2011, 07:23 AM »
Sorry for using the Dutch website, but Protool's online presence in the English speaking world seems somewhat lacking.

Evidently -- I guess it's like the Festool USA site, only listing the products available in NA...


Offline Curtis Hight

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Re: Would a drill press be out of the question?
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2011, 12:14 AM »
Kev, and Seth, the more I've thought about this the more I wish for this above any of the other wishes. Thanks for your comments.

Offline James Watriss

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Re: Would a drill press be out of the question?
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2012, 09:45 PM »
I made a similar request on that 15 page monstrosity, basically wanting an expanded drill guide:

-Fastfix chuck compatible to mount the guide, uses centrotec chucks, since we already have those
-Bolts to MFS guides to enable clamping to the work surface, and to edges of MFS rails to enable rigid positioning for drilling into the edges of boards.
-depth stop
-Laser guide? Maybe, not as necessary
-Theoretically, I'd also like a fine-adjustment slide built in to the base, similar to the guide stop blocks for the router, so that I can fine-tune the drill bit's point of entry after everything's clamped up. That, or a fine adjustment "nudging" knob that bolts onto the MFS rail, next to the base, to enable "nudging" of the base to position. Lastly, some sort of calibrate-able indicator that works with the measurements that are already on the MFS rails.
-Beefier angle adjustment mechanism, with a SOLID 90 degree stop. Also folds to 0 degrees to fit inside big sortainer-4 drawer.
-Compatible with LR 32. The ability to drill regularly spaced holes for alignment pins or dowels would be huge. All that would be required here are similar bolt holes to the 1400.

Offline Nick C

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Drill guide--i.e., a "portable" drill press
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2012, 12:41 PM »
I vote for the "portable," which would be an attachment for current Festool drills--maybe just the T series. The attachment would position the drill above the workpiece at a desired angle, and provide a mechanism for plunging the drill to maintain the set angle. A depth stop would also be necessary. The plunge mechanism could be nothing more than a pair of guide rails--the user supplies the thrust, or something more elaborate, incorporating a lever for some mechanical advantage. The guide rails would be attached to a base with a hinge, allow the user to set the entry angle. This would be useful in many applications: 90deg most of the time, but also 30-45deg for holes in stair rails for balusters, 85deg for strike holes in door edges that have a 5deg bevel, etc. In other words, all the angles that we currently "eyeball" the best we can. Note that these products already exist, they're cheaply made and unreliable.

Offline EWTHeckman

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Re: Drill guide--i.e., a "portable" drill press
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2012, 03:41 PM »
Note that these products already exist, they're cheaply made and unreliable.

You can say that again. I have one of these cheap and unreliable units. It doesn't get used.
Ed "What the" Heckman

Offline Mark Enomoto

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Re: Would a drill press be out of the question?
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2012, 04:34 PM »
What Festool should be cooking in their lab is the use of a red dot sighting system...say 3 lasers that could allow you to freehand drill a 90ยบ or other type of hole without all the clunky junk you see in most of these jigs. The Mafell is a nice rig but big and burly and looks to aimed at the timber framing market where the material is almost always too big to bring to the tool. On the opposite end is a complete piece of junk made by General...I've got one and its pretty much worthless.

The other might be 1/4, 8mm and 1/2" bits that can be put into any Festool router so that you could drill say an MFT top. Maybe Frankestein the Carvex butterfly base so that it could work on the MFK 700 so that you could drill round objects like a handrail. Maybe be able to couple it with a variable indexing system so that you could drill holes at varying spaces...

Festool drills are great but being able to drill accurately is still a matter of operator skill. Well all tools are a matter of operator skill :-)

Offline Jason Kehl

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Re: Would a drill press be out of the question?
« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2012, 05:29 PM »
In case anyone is interested in purchasing any of the tools from Timberwolf (the link posted by Frank-Jan) I wanted to share that I have purchased from them and had the tools shipped to Canada. The staff was very knowledgable, helpful and the service was all-round first class. I would not hesitate to buy from them again. There is nothing suspect about them from my experience.

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