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I have a large bench drill on a floor pillar, (see image 1) but one day when i wanted to drill a very fine hole( 3mm) with the same accuracy that you can with this kind of drill, i found that the chuck jaws wouldn't grasp any a drill smaller than about 8mm

so instead of whipping out and buying ( perhaps you can - since it comes with a tool for removing the current chuck) a chuck that would take finer drills, i found another way to do it by salvaging a smaller chuck from a dead portable electric drill

What you will need;
and old power electric drill
( i am sure you could apply the same principle to an old hand drill to)
screw driver to fit the screws on the drill

Step 1: Getting the parts...

1.) First take the old power drill and remove all the screws, and then pry the two halves the drill apart.... It should look a bit like this inside ( image 1)

2.) Locate the two retaining screws for the chuck drive bearing assembly and remove.(image 2)

3.) Then lift the entire assembly out of the drill, you may need to pry the gear wheels a bit. ( image 3)

4.) Now place the entire bearing assembly in to a vice with the chuck hanging down and use a punch and hammer to drive the chuck shaft out of the bearing - make sure you catch it. ( image 4 - hit here)

If you have a lathe simply turn a rod to fit into your large chuck and center drill a hole for the small bit and install two set screws to run in and lock the shank of the drill from turning.<br> The real issue is usually you want higher RPM than the large press can offer with the small bits.<br>
YEP... if i had a lathe there would be heaps of things i would be doing... IF
Are you saying you need an IFIONLY lathe?<br> <br> I have one of those!<br> <br> <a href="http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/4736/pict0105y.jpg">http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/4736/pict0105y.jpg</a><br> <br> as in &quot;if I only&quot; had a lathe ...<br> <br> Fast and dirty ifionly:<br> <br> <a href="http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/156/leaddrive.jpg">http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/156/leaddrive.jpg</a><br> <br> the dirty part:<br> <br> <a href="http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/6379/lead2b.jpg">http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/6379/lead2b.jpg</a><br> <br> Your drill press is a lathe on its side. So it'd be fair to say you already have a lathe!<br>
This was something which I was wondering how to do.Cool instructable.
simple ! &hellip;
you could buy a little adaptor chuch that you just put in the existing chuck
Well yes you could, at what cost?... hardly the spirit of instructables inventiveness and recycling though is it<sub></sub><br/>
it isnt but i have one right here at my desk so id use that but i would probaly end up making one
I like the effort in putting up enough pictures to make sense, that's getting a bit of a problem lately with people doing too little effort in that regard, kudos for that, pity they have trouble with the macro though, check out some instructables for making a macro attachment., but they are still good enough to make sense though as they are.
yes i agree and thank you for the compliment:-) after all the purpose of and instructable is that some one can make it!
Great idea! My drill press is small, but the ones in the shop are huge and won't take small bits. 5/5*

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