Round Part Drill Press Fixture

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 08-20-2017 02:42 AM 2765 views 5 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a need for a holding fixture to drill a lot of holes into the edge of round parts. I have an angle plate for the drill press but it was not going to do! So I put this together last night and tried it out tonight and it works real good. I center drill the holes in location of the center in the lathe with the index wheel and then put the part in this fixture to drill them parallel to the face of the round piece and at a controlled depth.

It is made from Baltic birch and maple plywood and the base is mahogany veneered poplar.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 08-20-2017 02:46 AM

great idea,mate
Realy help in the shop
Thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 08-20-2017 03:19 AM

Looks good Jim!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#3 posted 08-20-2017 03:28 AM

Nice jig Jim. A great idea and helper!

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#4 posted 08-20-2017 04:31 AM

COOL jig!

Makes a lot of sense…

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#5 posted 08-20-2017 04:35 AM

Very helpful!!

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#6 posted 08-20-2017 05:35 AM

That’s using the old noodle Jim!

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#7 posted 08-20-2017 06:01 AM

Nicely done. Looks quite effective and easy to use.

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#8 posted 08-20-2017 06:13 AM

Very good jig. Pretty logical and simple, efficient design.

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#10 posted 08-20-2017 07:06 AM

Great Jig. It will be very handy…..Will it be used for both Wood and Metal projects Jim. I get the impression it would be very useful on both wood and metal projects.,



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#11 posted 08-20-2017 09:50 AM

Great Idea Jim.

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#12 posted 08-20-2017 12:19 PM

Thanks you all for the nice comments. I have drilled round pieces before and it was a pain to hold them and not have them want to roll off center. This corrects that!

Hi Ivan, your wood fixture and machine approach is rubbing off on me. They are sure easier to build out of wood especially if they are not for high volume!!

Hi Cliff, if this next project in wood works, it will turn into an aluminum project and I’ll use the fixture for it too!

cheers, Jim

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

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#13 posted 08-20-2017 12:33 PM

Great jig ,Jiim I love making stuff that helps in the shop too

-- Mike,North Carolina

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#14 posted 08-20-2017 01:30 PM

Jim, this is a real nice drill press fixture.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#15 posted 08-20-2017 02:05 PM

Sweet Jim!
I was contemplating a similar problem and started to modify my DP vise with taller jaws to keep the dang part from moving around. Problem now solved 8^)

Best of all, I think it’ll fit on my jig/template shelf….

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