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    How does that old song go?-Fifteen...spindles.oh well never mind,it not quite finished yet,but this is a fifteen spindle drill head I am building to drill shelf peg holes in cabinet carcasses.A buddy of mine and I are chipping in on it,he is in the custom cabinet business and wanted one,Dela is making one,but from what I see they use plastic gears and I can do it cheaper anyway.

    Pics are kinda crappy,got to work on my picture taking.
    I just need one more tool,just one!

  • #2
    Now thats cool. Tell me, what sort of tolerance did you hold on center to center distance on the spindles?
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    • #3
      Nice work on something that will probably be a real timesaver.

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      • #4
        do half the drills hafta be LH twist?


        • #5
          Way cool. When it is done can you show me/us a picture of how it works. Did you build or buy the gears for the drills. Is it heavy?



          • #6
            Weird, Nice work.
            The Italians also make a very similar article but theirs has the motor built into the top frame and has a small collet system for the spindles.
            I still have some replacemnt spindles around here somewhere.
            I'll look them out and take a pic.

            John S.

            Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.


            • #7
              To invent, you need a good imagination - and a pile of junk. Thomas A. Edison


              • #8
                Evan,Accurite do make good DRO'S!I averaged .0002-0003 center to center which was 1.00" plenty good considering for the speed it will run at allows for .002 in the teeth.I could have done it with space blocks and indicators,but why when I have the access.

                Winchman,ya,I know but,I got some other crap there too though and didn't want to bore anybody with old pics.

                Yorg,yep,8 right,7 left,or vice versa depending on spindle rotation.

                Sparkman,bought my gears,just didn't have the time to make my own,I was going to use cog belts so I could use a right hand drills,but I couldn't find anything small enough to sqeeze into my center distance,no its not too heavy,runs about 8 lbs at the moment.

                John,yes I have seen the Italian units before,they run about $1750.00 here,little bit steep,My intention is to mount it to a spare drill press,the head will locate off of the column of the press and ride on ball bushings so it stays stable,while I use the quill for the up and down and the power.

                Thanks for the compliments everyone,I hope to have it up and running in about 2 weeks we'll see.The manual jigs being used now add up to about six hours per set of cabinets now,this should knock it down to about 1.

                All in all If I bought everything new including a new drill press I would have only about $700.00 in it,so not bad at all I think.

                Wait till next week when I'll show (hopefully) some pics of my other project.Here's a hint it involves an old air compressor,some brass,a bar bell wieght or two and maybe a few files
                I just need one more tool,just one!


                • #9
                  Very Nice..


                  • #10
                    Pretty slick Weird. I would expect no less!
                    Location: North Central Texas


                    • #11
                      Fine work.

                      Paul G.
                      Paul G.


                      • #12
                        Nice. You using sealed bearing on top and bottom of the spindles and and roller thrust or an annular thrust on the bottom?