|Project by wrightly||posted 03-05-2013 01:49 AM||8908 views||10 times favorited||13 comments|
i have been really tired of not having a drill press. so this was the best i could come up with. i probably could have gotten the cheap skil benchtop model, but i had way more fun with this.
i got the heavy duty 24” drawer slides to use for the up and down movement. the 2 bys in my building are no where near straight and parallel, etc. so, this was how i did it;
i got a flat sheet of birch ply and mounted it to the 2 2×4s behind the jig. i made sure it was parallel before proceeding. i straightened out two 2×4s and mounted the drawer slides to them with a 3/4” sheet of ply in between them. this is what i mounted the drill holder on to.
i got the 10amp dewalt drill, the kind you can put a handle onto. once i got the hole cut out to put the chuck through, it pretty much sat level then and there. for extra leverage, i mounted a block behind it and used one of those circular clamps to hold it in place.
the one thing i made sure to do was keep everything plumb and level every step of the way. the table is nothing fancy, i made the t slots with one of those router bits that do the keyholes (or what ever they’re called). i used hardboard for the top, and 3/4” ply underneath. the fence is two pieces of 3/4” ply. i routed a groove on each end before i laminated them together for the threaded rod. i epoxied a nut onto the ends of the threaded rod to ride in the t-slots. cut them to length and i had some extra 1/4” knobs, so i used those.
it works really well and drills perf. straight, everytime. next i’m gonna make an attachment for the table to put a spindle sander into. hope this has inspired someone, or gave someone a good laugh. either is fine
thanks for lookin anyway. i probaby dulled every drill bit i have playing with it today, hahahaha. i’m excited
-- WRIGHTLY (Bristol, TN)