Picture of Large Drill conversion to accept small bits
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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

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Step 1: Getting the parts...

Picture of 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)

glorybe3 years ago
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.
The real issue is usually you want higher RPM than the large press can offer with the small bits.
agatornz (author)  glorybe3 years ago
YEP... if i had a lathe there would be heaps of things i would be doing... IF
pfred2 agatornz3 years ago
Are you saying you need an IFIONLY lathe?

I have one of those!

as in "if I only" had a lathe ...

Fast and dirty ifionly:

the dirty part:

Your drill press is a lathe on its side. So it'd be fair to say you already have a lathe!
tilmen3 years ago
This was something which I was wondering how to do.Cool instructable.
vincent75204 years ago
simple ! …
sharlston5 years ago
you could buy a little adaptor chuch that you just put in the existing chuck
agatornz (author)  sharlston5 years ago
Well yes you could, at what cost?... hardly the spirit of instructables inventiveness and recycling though is it
it isnt but i have one right here at my desk so id use that but i would probaly end up making one
Whatnot6 years ago
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.
agatornz (author)  Whatnot5 years ago
yes i agree and thank you for the compliment:-) after all the purpose of and instructable is that some one can make it!
agatornz (author)  Whatnot6 years ago
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I mean close-ups, when you get too close with a normal lens the pictures become blurry, but there are cheap tricks to make your camera capable to get close to things without going blurry.
Here's the search link:
agatornz (author)  Whatnot6 years ago
Oh that kind of Macro.... yes i have already taken a new picture to remedy that - the first one was taken in poor light with a cell phone, i must get around to up loading the replacement. But thanks for the macro link - that could come in handy for another project:-)
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Great idea! My drill press is small, but the ones in the shop are huge and won't take small bits. 5/5*