Making the table, fence, and shelf pin jig!
This story are based on a real bench drillpress, all you see are reality, and all at your own risk…
Ok some of you allready have seen my drillpress table, but since I like to shoot photo, and some more has come, I have finally finished my material for the blog (Some will say finally!!! This guy has writing fever, the truth are that I have been down with a throad infection, so I could not be in my shop). To my buddys, thank you for your patience on all my posts recently (you can put me in the spam filter if it’s too much)!
So here are all the bits and pieces I started out with.
First I routet two spurs in the plywood app. 30mm from edge to edge, in this way I had a spur to run my fence. With the festools rail, it was a dream, just set the two end stops, and the dept, and then ran two passes.
Here are the result.
I wanted a replaceable center, so I could change it when it was worn, and also so I could use tools that have to go a little under the surface. I choose a round, since it was quick and easy, and I would like to try something different from what I have seen.
So time to drill out the center, I drilled first the outer circle app. 4mm deep, and then the inner, all the way through.
Then it was time to clean up the little edge between the holes, so I had something to rest my changeable plate on. I used a routerplane. The hole you see in the front are made so I fittet it arround the colum of the drillpress.
Time to make some changeable plates. I used 4mm masonite, it’s hard and cheap.
I drilled out a handfull so I have them ready. I drilled them a little oversized.
So now I wanted a tight fit, and had to make a jig to sand them circular press here to see how... (loved to!).
Sanded in size and ready for use, here you see the concept.
I countersink two bolts into the wood, and fastened the table to the drillpress.
And mounted my fence, that bacicly could also have been just a piece of hardwood.
On the side of the table I mounted a little piece of plywood for side clamping long or big items.
And now ready for action. You can see the two little stop blocks I made from hardwood with a bolt, and a wingnut for quick use.
First stop are a center drill block, all you need are to cut two 45 degree cuts in a block, and you are there.
What you do is you then lover the drill until the bottom of the v, and fasten the block, the lift the drill, and put in the round object – drill, and you will be dead center! (My block are long since it can be used as a fence also).
I then routet a rabbet in the block, and added a piece of aluminium shelf pin rail from the local hardware store. (Acually I brought this all the way from Paris to Copenhagen since I could not find it here, and also wanted to make a pin hole jig for my Festool).
You can see the knurled bolts under, this allows me to clamp it through the spurs under.
The way you use this pin hole jig, is that you make a little hole in the front of your shelf side.
- cut of nail that fits the track.
- put in the hole.
- then you adjust your fence to the right distance from the shelf side, and start drilling the first hole, when this is done, you simply move on pin down all the time.
Here we are!
Mark your jigs, so you know when you gets altzheimer.
Here we are with the bits and pieces for this part.
I used it now for a while, and I can say all works welll, and I can highly recomend to make one, since it makes it so much easier, and more delicate to use the drillpress for wood.
Next thing will be a bigger drillpress, since it’s a little short, but it will work for now, and I can adapt this table to the new when it happens.
You can see, my original drillpress table post here.
Hope it can be to some inspiration,
Best of thoughts,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.