Drill Press Fence

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Project by Nighthawk posted 12-27-2011 06:52 AM 2947 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I moved the drill press to sit on the other arm of the mitre saw. This freed up a little space on the other bench. found some scrap wood and made square on the table saw. Then with the mitre saw gave it some edges so the loose drill bits don’t fall off. And a single tex screw to hold in place on the new drill press station.

Some how most of the bits have found there way here… it was only suppose to be the loose bits. However it is simple idea and effective.

Now I did not check the 45 cuts on the mitre saw and it was off a little (opps) so the mitre joins are not the best… but hey nobody will see it and its only for me and the drill bits. This was most likely to be me not the saws fault as I rushed it with out clamping and double checking measurements etc. don’t measure cut 5 times Next I will make a jig fence based on the router table pivot idea.

Drill Bit Holder

Drill Press Fence

This is a simple fence for my small aging drill press (but hey it still works) It is based on my router jig that pivots instead of sliding back and forth the only difference on this jig, is that I can make it pivot from either end and clamp at the other if required, simply by placing the nut and bolt at the other end and it will pivot the other way.

The whole jig is made out of scrap MDF, that just so happen to have a nice smooth formica laminate finish, and two small pieces of pine for the back supports. This gives the fence a nice smooth feel to it when adjusting.

Because of the formica I did a rabbet on the fence and on the the back support claming arm this was so the glue had some MDF to stick to. Then attached to back support braces to help.

The table is attached by 3 nuts and bolts (and some washers) and counter sunk. Was funny I don’t have a couter sink bit or the like and the biggest bit I have at present that fits my drill is only 12mm… (yeah I working on that…) I started to use the 12mm bit to make a couter sink and looked up and saw my brace in bit thought “Duhhh!!” have lots of bits for that… Had them counter sunk in about 3 minutes.

Again like my router jig this jig fence is not pretty but totally functional. Although on saying that a bit of thought went in to this jig and there was no eyeballing it. Except for the back supports as they were an after thought. I may also cut a bit out of the back clamp support to allow the jig to pivot closer to the drill press stem mount. but that may not get done till I find that a jog it doesn’t go back quiet far enough.

I was thinking of puting in a front part on the fence that when you drill into it and is easily replaced. Then I thought about it again and said then it won’t be simple. I like like it when things are simple and easy to use.

Drill Press Fence

I did also add an adjustable sliding stop block that can easily be removed if required. Drilled a 7mm hole in the stop block and then the fence. Then routered the slot. Using a 6mm bolt and a washer a wing nut on the back it is now adjustable.

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#1 posted 12-28-2011 04:41 AM

I hope you get lots of great use from your new fence.

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