Drill Press I-Beam

  • Advertise with us
Project by Bricofleur posted 12-30-2009 06:46 PM 4817 views 12 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I always found that drilling small pieces on a standard drill press iron table was awkward, hazardous and time consuming. Here is my solution : A double step I-beam.

The base of my I-beam is a wide board (3/4’’ MDF), a little longer than my shopmade drill press wooden sub-table, which in fact is more appropriate for woodworking. The central riser block is a hardwood 2 X 4 on which the base and the plywood top shelf are glued and screwed.

After a small workpiece to be drilled is C-clamped to the I-beam plywood top shelf, I precisely locate the drilling point under the drill bit by creaping the whole assembly and then clamp it to the drill press wooden sub-table.

To see it on my website, clic here .



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

11 comments so far

View Raymond's profile


676 posts in 3694 days

#1 posted 12-30-2009 06:59 PM

Great idea, that will be tonights project.

-- Ray

View patron's profile


13600 posts in 3308 days

#2 posted 12-30-2009 07:34 PM

sure beats getting your fingers whacked !

great idea !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

View zlatanv's profile


691 posts in 3201 days

#3 posted 12-30-2009 07:35 PM

Cool, very handy jig.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

View blackcherry's profile


3337 posts in 3790 days

#4 posted 12-30-2009 07:55 PM

An addition to the addition, very smart and safe…Serge

View Kristoffer's profile


675 posts in 3183 days

#5 posted 12-30-2009 09:56 PM

Another useful shop tool! Now that it looks like I might be getting my first drill press, you picked a pretty good time to post this. Thanks.

-- Cheers and God Bless

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile


18248 posts in 3643 days

#6 posted 12-30-2009 10:08 PM

Great idea!! I usually use drill vises, but that would be better in some cases.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

20301 posts in 3072 days

#7 posted 12-30-2009 10:17 PM

That really a cool idea. Mind if I copy it?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

View SimonSKL's profile


185 posts in 3206 days

#8 posted 12-30-2009 10:32 PM

Great idea! I have my share of bruised fingers trying to hold on the small piece while drilling. I am going to make one like yours tonight. Thanks for sharing.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

View Bricofleur's profile


1440 posts in 3160 days

#9 posted 12-30-2009 10:32 PM

You won’t use it every day in the shop, but when you need it, you need it ! (I still count 10)

Come on Jim, copy it for sure, make improvements, and share what you’ll end up with.

PS: Looks like I won’t be the only one in the shop tonight !!!



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

View FirehouseWoodworking's profile


705 posts in 3240 days

#10 posted 12-31-2009 05:09 AM


Another masterful idea, brilliantly done! Bravo!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

View a1Jim's profile


117063 posts in 3544 days

#11 posted 02-06-2010 06:53 AM

Good idea well done

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics