Drillpress angle jig

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Project by PirateOfCatan posted 02-08-2009 04:16 PM 5301 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At work (set construction for theatre) I often find I need to put a large angled hole in a small piece of plywood. We have one drill press in the wood shop and another in the metal shop. The bed of the newer one (in the metal shop) can tilt, but there are still the problems of needing a salvage bed (usually about 2 inches thick) for the hole saw to bite into.

To solve it I made this thing in ten minutes. I can change the angle to a wider range than with tilting the bed, and is faster to re-set. I have 22.5, 30 and 45 degree “ramps” ready to be slapped down and new angles are two mitre cuts away (I have found it works better to nail the triangles to another board and then put on the salvage bed). It clamps down once the piece is aligned correctly. The offcuts are much easier to get out with the air gap. The best part is I don’t need to worry about getting sawdust in the coolant.

Sorry for the blurry first picture, I only had my camera phone.

-- P.O.C.

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#1 posted 02-08-2009 04:32 PM

Great idea.Way to go.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#2 posted 02-08-2009 05:10 PM

very neat idea and very low cost – my kind of jig -

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#3 posted 04-29-2010 12:09 PM

That is a great idea ….any chance of reposting some better pictures ? Have you made any changes to the project ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 04-30-2010 03:08 PM

Sorry Dusty56, I do not have any better pictures. The part that were saved were the wedge you can see clearest in the third picture. All the rest was simply scrap. I will try to find pictures of the parts which were made from this jig. Seems like I have seen others on Lumberjocks put more time into a similar jig.

-- P.O.C.

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#5 posted 04-30-2010 08:30 PM

ok , thank you : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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