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    Question OK Here it is

    I am starting to ask questions.

    I am looking into a drill press. I really want a Mill/Drill but don't think I can work it into my budget. I am a teacher after all.

    What drill press do you use?

    Is there a mill/drill that a poor boy can get without putting a note on the house?

    Help me out if you have the time.

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    Dave, I have been looking around and Home Depot has a nice Ryobi bench top on for $100. Sears and Lowes have similar models in the same price range.


    I have been over on AKFiles recently and found 2-3 others in MD who might be interested in a build party. Between everyone we might just get all the equip needed. I just ordered the 115V spot welder from Harbor Freight. The wife is gonna beat me when she sees the bill.

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    Default Greetings Nikom

    I hope to get a few tools myself soon. Craftsman has a 10" drill press with laser X and Y pin point for about 119 or so.

    I think thats the one.

    Really want a mill/drill so I can do some 80% 1911's sometime in the future.

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    I was talking to a friend about this earlier today. The hundreds I am spending in order to save money. Quite Ironic.
    This might payoff in 2 or 3 more builds, but my wife's response will be "Why do you need 4 AKs, you only have two arms" to which my only defense will be "Merry Christmas honey, I wanted to wait but you forced me to speed up the timetable"

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    I never really started to do this build to save money. It was more about making a rifle that was my own. The way I see it built.

    I most likley will build other firearms as time goes on. I love to make stuff. The tools I get will not just be used to build firearms. I already hand build stuff around the house. There are tools for working on cars I have in my mind and have never been able to build.

    Atleast I don't have a "wife" so to speak. My lady Doris is my girlfriend. I pretty much do as I want without much input from her. She knows how I am. Stays anyway.
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    Another thing to consider is a large "cross slide vise". I built some recievers out of blanks with a 4" cross slide and thought I wanted to move up to a mill/drill. When I went to Harbor Freight to look - I ended up leaving with a 6" cross slide and I am very happy with it. (it was on sale for $39) My drill press came from a swap meet and has a 5/8" chuck. It cost $80. Just my 2 cents worth ... Hope you find something that suits your needs!

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    Default Thanks Rich

    The vise for the drill press is something else as well. What is the range of your cross silde if I may ask?

    I have two small 3in press vises that I got when my dad passed, but a cross slide is the way to go.

    Thanks again for the input.
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    The range on my "cross slide" appears to be at least 6" measuring from the center of the jaws. In some ways, it's handier than a mill. I know a professional gunsmith here in town that uses one just like it.

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    Default Thanks Rich

    OK, thanks for taking the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarylandAKDave
    I am starting to ask questions.

    I am looking into a drill press.
    Start on your local craigslist in the Tool for sale section & buy used. You would be amazed what shows up cheaply there. Get a cross-slide table from the Chinese and you've got a good start on light milling tasks.

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