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How to Cut Rosettes on a Drill Press

A drill press can be used for more than just drilling holes. All manner of jigs can be used to increase the tool's versatility. Here's how to make one that can enable a drill press to cut circular patterns or rosettes.

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cut rosettes on drill press
  • Time

    30 Minutes

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy

Highlights:

Step 1: Remove the Bits from the Molding Cutter

Take the molding bits out of the table-saw molding cutter.

Remove the blade from the arm of the circle cutter.

remove bits from molding cutter

Step 2: Carve an Indentation

Use a bench grinder to carve an indentation on the arm of the circle cutter that's big enough to hold a bit from the molding cutter.

carve an indentation

Step 3: Drill Holes

Use the drill press to drill a hole into the center of the indentation (Image 1). Because you're drilling metal, you must set the drill press at a slow speed.

Drill a hole the same size through a small piece of vinyl molding. Attach the vinyl molding on top of the indentation to act as a buffer between the bit and the arm (Image 2).

Step 4: Attach the Circle Cutter

Place a molding bit on top of the vinyl molding, and secure it with a nut and bolt.

Attach the circle cutter to the drill press. The circle cutter's center drill bit will act as a pivot point for cutting rosettes. If you don't want a hole in the center of the circle you're about to carve, remove the pilot bit from the circle cutter.

place molding bit on top of vinyl molding

Step 5: Clamp and Drill the Work Piece

Clamp the work piece firmly to the base of the drill press.

Drill into the work piece at a medium speed.

clamp and drill work piece

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