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Project by Yonatan24 posted 03-15-2017 05:35 PM 1679 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

THIS PROJECT ALSO CONTAINS METAL. If I’m not supposed to post it here (a forum topic/blog?), please let me know, and I’ll move it! I’ve come to the point where can’t build more advanced woodworking projects, due to the lack of a drill press, and they’re too expensive.
After many hours of thinking, I finally found a way of building a drill press WITHOUT a drill press. Using a table leg and some plywood! :)
My plan was to make a cube out of wood. Or a box – I’m not sure what it should be called, but I wanted to make a 4 sided piece of wood that would slide up and down on the column (table leg). Pretty simple idea, right? I planned on making it out of plywood, with the pieces connected together with butt joints (screws). I’m sure better joinery methods do exist, but this is the only type of joint that I know I can make with a circular saw, and without too many difficulties. It’s also easy to tighten, and easy to disassemble in case something needs to be modified.
See some pictures above. ———-
I DO NOT want to spam, But if anyone is interested in more information, and a full tutorial (+tools & materials list) on how to make it, you can click this link, which will lead you to my Instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/Build-Your-Own-Drill-Press-for-FREE/
Oh, and I also made a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QyogKWDoEk

-- Yonatan24, http://www.instructables.com/member/Yonatan24





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DanK

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#1 posted 03-15-2017 05:52 PM

Interesting idea..
How much play/movement is there? Does the unit want to rotate around the pole?
I would suggest adding a second support that clamps around the circular body of the drill just above the chuck.

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ralbuck

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#2 posted 03-15-2017 07:25 PM

It is something that you can use. GREAT! Many new things get invented by people looking for a way to make things work better. Good for you.

Everyone is familiar with a “BobCat” loader; they were actually invented just to make cleaning turkey barns and easier job. In fact the very first ones were only 3 wheels, not 4.

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luv2learn

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#3 posted 03-15-2017 09:58 PM

I would say this is an innovative way around buying an expensive drill press. As they say, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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woodbutcherbynight

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#4 posted 03-16-2017 01:23 AM

I got by with a Craftsman jig for this for many years. It worked and did the job.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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majuvla

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#5 posted 03-16-2017 10:39 AM

Basicaly, all you need is there, nice work, but I wish you could by real one in future.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Yonatan24

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#6 posted 03-16-2017 05:03 PM



Interesting idea..
How much play/movement is there? Does the unit want to rotate around the pole?
I would suggest adding a second support that clamps around the circular body of the drill just above the chuck.

- DanK


-- Yonatan24, http://www.instructables.com/member/Yonatan24

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Yonatan24

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#7 posted 03-16-2017 05:04 PM

How do I REPLY? I never seemed to understand it…

-- Yonatan24, http://www.instructables.com/member/Yonatan24

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