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Blog entry by Dave Owen posted 03-29-2010 05:44 PM 4620 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to replace temporary screws holding perimeter strips to a router table top I’m making. I’m lousy at accurately drilling holes free-hand, so I wanted to use the drill press. The drill press table would lower sufficiently to drill the side holes – but unfortunately – not far enough to drill those in the ends. Conjuring up old memories of Rube Goldberg and his marvelous inventions, I came up with this: Drill press table swung to the rear – a wooden tool box with a piece of MDF for a top, a shop made router fence with the high fence I described in my previous post clamped to it with fence clamps – and the whole assembly clamped to the drill press stand. Hey – if it works, it works!

-- Dave O.

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#1 posted 03-29-2010 05:48 PM

indeed. creative thinking is what WW is all about! nicely done.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 03-29-2010 05:51 PM

sometimes you do what you gota do!

-- John at Sugarloft Mountain........Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

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#3 posted 03-29-2010 05:52 PM

Dave, I also can not drill a stright hole so I use the drill press and drill a hole the size I need into a hardwood block and then use the block as a guide. So far it works fairly well. I also use the same method for driving in finishing nails so my fingers get less abuse…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 03-29-2010 06:47 PM

Kingmaker, I also sometimes resort to the hole in the block technique. If you haven’t used the following variation on that scheme when using a Forstner bit, give this a try. Clamp a block at least a couple of thicknesses of the Forstner bit head, then drill with the Forstner you want to use deep enough to accommodate the entire head plus the point of the bit. Without unclamping the block, remove the Forstner and change the bit size to match the size of the Forstner shank. You then have a block into which you can recess the head of the bit while keeping the shank centered as you drill.

-- Dave O.

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#5 posted 03-29-2010 09:10 PM

Hey I love Rube Goldberg contraptions, they’ve gotten me out of more than one mess. I’m telling you the guy was a genius. I sure ain’t. Glad you figured it out.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 03-29-2010 09:24 PM

Dave, THANKS! I like that one!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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