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Project by drewpy posted 10-09-2014 11:22 PM 2478 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a piece of curly maple sitting around and thought I would try to make my first lamp. I have been needing one in a spare room for a while. The piece is 2×4 1/8 and 35 inches long. My problem is that I don’t have a large drill press so I just started shimming, grabbing scrap wood and aligning things square to try and keep the drill level and square.

This is what I came up with and it worked well. The two “runner boards” were braced in the front and back, top and bottom. The picture only shows the front. I drilled in 10 1/2 inches. I wont cut it down to size until tomorrow and will let you know how straight the hole was. It didn’t come out the side so it will work no matter what!!!

I cut the board this morning (picture 2) and am pleased with the result. As I mentioned, this is for a lamp so it didn’t need to be perfect. With that said, with a little fine tuning, maybe I could buy something other than a drill press!!!

Thanks for looking.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".





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Oaker

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#1 posted 10-09-2014 11:40 PM

Gotta do what you gotta do to make things work. Look forward to seeing the finished lamp.

-- Larry - Illinois

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Dave

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#2 posted 10-10-2014 02:11 AM

So you just boxed the drill in a slide. I will have to remember this if I ever need to drill a deep hole. I am saving up for a larger drill press myself. Thanks!!

-- “Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, and a good woman - or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle.” ― George Burns

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drewpy

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#3 posted 10-10-2014 03:16 AM

Dave, Yes. I don’t have a wooden bench either and the top of the one you see is metal. I just blocked and clamped everything down tight.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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Oaker

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#4 posted 10-10-2014 05:02 AM

I like the flat slide approach. Thanks again
and thanks for the additional info!

-- Larry - Illinois

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#5 posted 10-10-2014 05:27 AM

That’s clever.

Eric

-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#6 posted 10-10-2014 09:13 AM

thats slick, way to think outside the box, and thanks for posting

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#7 posted 10-10-2014 02:14 PM

Howdy ’Drew in Ohio’,

Over 40 years ago I was taught (read; driven into my brain like a railroad spike…)by the Marine Corp, the axiom that whenever you are presented with a challenge you ” Adjust, Adapt and Overcome”. I have always applied that rule and it has served me well my entire life…..you Sir, have done just that!

Good on ya pard’!

Buck.

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#8 posted 10-10-2014 02:50 PM

That is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 10-10-2014 07:33 PM



Howdy Drew in Ohio ,

Over 40 years ago I was taught (read; driven into my brain like a railroad spike…)by the Marine Corp, the axiom that whenever you are presented with a challenge you ” Adjust, Adapt and Overcome”. I have always applied that rule and it has served me well my entire life…..you Sir, have done just that!

Good on ya pard !

Buck.

- USMC_Buckaroo

Well said and describes this innovation perfectly!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 10-11-2014 10:37 AM

Excellent solution.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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