|Project by BertFlores58||posted 12-20-2012 02:03 PM||6883 views||15 times favorited||10 comments|
Horizontal Drilling is not as common commercially. Though in lathe, boring is one aspect but the workpiece is rotating. The work is precise because slight inclination or just twisting of the bit (in small diameter) will be critical. I made this drilling machine not to discourage those who are using the drill press but to cater for my work on WOODEN HINGES and DOWEL PIN HOLE DRILLING.
There are only 3 parts:
BASE FLAT BOARD. I use an MDF 3/4 thickness as it is flat. I like to make improvement in the future where I will use a granite to have greater flatness and also lasting. The MDF when wet will expand and lost its flatness.
DRILL CLAMP. At first I was thinking to use the router but I need to drill different hole diameter. The electric portable drills has standard 43 mm diameter which is not available in fostner bits so I made the hole by manually sanding and chiseling it. I used a 2×3 inches piece of wood for it. Saw lengthwise for the recess and then have two bolts for clamping. Notice that I reinforce the top with ebony strip so that I can tighten firmly the drill without damaging the clamp.
WOOD STOCK SLIDE. This act as the moving carriage for the stock to be drilled. The target is to push the wood stock (actually a metal or any material can be drilled trough this) against the stationary drill. Since the slide action is perpendicular then the procedure can be repeated several times by just making a mark of a stop on the slide. The center can be adjusted by raising the slide which pivot on the guide. Since my adjusting accessory is not yet fitted on the slide, I use boards of different thickness stacked to hit the desired height of the stock to be drilled.
Please note that the rod guide I use is from an old copier scrap. Included was the sliding arm that has a slippery plastic bushing. Perfect for the job. But if you don’t have it, then a slot or groove can be made similar to the table saw. I was keeping this guide rod for the CHEVALET project but nevermine that will come later.
I made several drilling using this and here are some of the products produced from it….
Wooden Hinges and Wooden Latches
Wooden diffuser for hanging light. I have to repeat drilling on exact position for these square rods. The skewers are the pins that should be exactly aligned. If the pinholes are not exact, then it will be impossible to assemble. One thing I learned here. My hands acts as the clamp while and do the push to the drill. SO QUICK to make.
So here we go, making a new adventure on my horizontal drilling process. This will be an additional skill that each of us should do. I drilled 10 mm hole already on this tool and it hold the pressure. But please bear in mind that this is done seriously for small holes like pinholes for hinges. Hope you like it.
Have a nice day.