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Equipping the Shop #9: Things you can do with a tiny Drill Press - by making a few jigs

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Blog entry by Ocelot posted 11-25-2013 04:55 AM 1025 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Lumber Racks (and some lumber) Part 9 of Equipping the Shop series Part 10: I got bit by the handplane bug »

It seems that every time I use my drill-press I have to make a jig. I have often thought I need a bigger, better one, but I haven’t yet figured out exactly what the advantage is. What do you think? Here’s the kind of things I do.

Drilling holes centered on cross-cut dados.

Drilling doweled lapjoint frames at an odd angle.



Drilling the ends of struts at an odd angle.

Notice that I had to rotate the head of the drill-press relative to the base so that the item I was drilling would clear.

The 32-thread machine screw is an improvised stop.

Resulting Assemblies

Drilling Really Big things on the floor



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cabmaker

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#1 posted 11-25-2013 11:30 AM

There are many advantages of a large drill press but what you’ve demonstrated here is what I like to see !

You are using what you have and pushing the envelope with it. Showing it who’s boss. Love it!

Enjoy the journey! JB

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Porcupine

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#2 posted 11-25-2013 03:53 PM

In my mind, it’s a waste of money getting an upgrade when you can be as creative with what you have as you are. Great job!

-- Joe, South Carolina

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stefang

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#3 posted 11-25-2013 04:27 PM

I had a small drill press like yours for many years and found it very useful. I did get a large floor model later, but my son now has the small one and it’s still a great machine. I can’t claim to have used it in so many creative ways as you have demonstrated here. Well done and I agree with what cabmaker said.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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