Drill Press I-Beam

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Project by Bricofleur posted 12-30-2009 06:46 PM 4082 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. --

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

Great idea, that will be tonights project.

-- Ray

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#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

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

Cool, very handy jig.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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

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

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#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

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#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

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#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!!

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#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

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#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. --

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


Another masterful idea, brilliantly done! Bravo!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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

Good idea well done

-- Custom furniture

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