shop made drill press

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Project by Naftoli posted 03-04-2016 06:52 AM 1941 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Shop project time: I had this old Black and Decker drill lying around, corded, not too much power, but what a shame to chuck it. Happens to be I need a drill press also. So…since 2+2=4 I put the B&D to good use. The top/drill press part is not attached to the rolling table, I wanted the ability to use the table as part of my continuous work surface in my tiny shop.

To make sure the drill went a perfect 90 degrees I resorted to the same t-tracks I used in the router table project. I used four of them so that the drill assembly doesn’t wobble left to right. Then I added some springs to the sides to make it bounce back. I needed 4 in total because the whole thing was so heavy. The drill is held in place with a pipe clamp and rests on some 17mm ply that I screwed together. I also left some space in the back to hold accessories.

One mistake I made was not making the front of the table large enough. I should have left more space in front to hold work pieces. But, since I have more than enough space behind the drill, I can just turn things around, or clamp an additional piece of wood to the front if necessary. I have already used it and it works like a charm. Best of all, the pieces were really cheap or free. I found the t-tracks, had an old drill, and random bits of wood, that explains the multi-coloredness of the whole thing.

I should mention I was really afraid to build one of these things on my own. I wanted the drill to be precise, not approximate. So, I think that if I can do it and some out with a perfect 90 degree press, so can most people.

PS – I see that there is no winning for me with the photos on LJ, so sorry for the sideways shots here.

-- When certain, measure again, just in case!

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#1 posted 03-04-2016 03:30 PM

turning the pics are a lot easier than building your drill press, lotta work, gonna be worth it ?

google how to rotate pics on (whatever os you are using)

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 03-04-2016 03:42 PM

Nice project.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC

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#3 posted 03-04-2016 03:46 PM

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC

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#4 posted 03-04-2016 05:36 PM

Hey, “free” and “cheap” is a GOOD THING! Nice job !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#5 posted 03-05-2016 07:51 PM

’’Thumbs up’’ and ’’high five’’ for all kind of shop made tool and maschines. Welcome to my world. Very nice set up.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 06-27-2016 12:43 AM

Great build! I’m not sure I could do the same thing for “free” but definitely for less than buying a drill press! I have a corded drill that has stump-pulling power I figure would be perfect, and a drill press is something I do miss. I would need it to share bench space with other gear too.

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