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Drill press clamp for holding things vertically or upright.

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Project by MakeThings posted 08-14-2019 06:58 PM 900 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I look at some of the other projects here and know that throwing a jig in isn’t what most people do, but I take a lot of pride in making my jigs. This jig is what it is, it’s a simple clamp that holds down material. But I threw a few curve balls into it, I think, to make it slightly unique.

Bending the bolts over I was able to move the knobs to the side where they won’t interfere with what’s being drilled as well as being able to hold the base down while tightening; and twisting the fences at an angle allows me to drill longer boards that might interfere with the column of the drill press.

Anyway, as I do most of my jigs, I made an instructable if you want more pictures and the mechanics of it.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Vertical-Drill-Press-Jig/

If posting project links outside of lumberjocks is frowned upon, let me know so I can delete the makings of this project.

-- Most of my public projects: https://www.youtube.com/makethings





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recycle1943

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#1 posted 08-14-2019 08:30 PM

links to ‘how I did it” are a welcome thing to me mostly because I don’t have the foresight to make jigs.
btw – that’s a great fixture, I might try to duplicate it to drill my cheese slicers.

-- 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 08-14-2019 08:44 PM

Smart! and an excellent video.

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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#3 posted 08-14-2019 09:35 PM

Nicely done

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MakeThings

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#4 posted 08-14-2019 09:40 PM


links to how I did it” are a welcome thing to me mostly because I don t have the foresight to make jigs.
btw – that s a great fixture, I might try to duplicate it to drill my cheese slicers.

- recycle1943

If you do make it, let me know how it goes. I’ve never gotten anything back indicating there was a mistake…then again I’ve never gotten feedback that something worked either haha.

It would mean the world either way.

-- Most of my public projects: https://www.youtube.com/makethings

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MakeThings

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#5 posted 08-14-2019 09:40 PM



Nicely done

- Redoak49


Smart! and an excellent video.

- Don Johnson

Thank you!

-- Most of my public projects: https://www.youtube.com/makethings

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#6 posted 08-15-2019 01:28 AM

Very clever.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#7 posted 08-15-2019 05:55 AM

Very cute knobs…nice jig!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 08-15-2019 01:38 PM

Nice! I like the two piece jaws. I have a single bar that pins my material against the fence, but your design is much more versatile. Really nice knobs too!
Also like the fact that you take care with your jigs… time spent on both their aesthetics and function is enjoyable and adds a bit of class to the shop.

Hmmm…..Now if I could only get rid of those ugly MDF doors on my cabinets… ; )

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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#9 posted 08-15-2019 02:08 PM


Hmmm…..Now if I could only get rid of those ugly MDF doors on my cabinets… ; )

- RCCinNC

You could try something like this: https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/178058

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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#10 posted 08-15-2019 05:20 PM

Is there an advantage to this over having a fence that you can clamp to?

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MakeThings

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#11 posted 08-15-2019 05:27 PM



Also like the fact that you take care with your jigs… time spent on both their aesthetics and function is enjoyable and adds a bit of class to the shop.

First of all, thank you for your kind comments!

Back to this quote…if people spent more time building nice looking jigs, I think they’d truly really appreciate the woodworking they do much more. A brand new tool is nice, but knowing you made something that you like looking at makes the project your working on so much more enjoyable. And this is coming from someone who has spent years using pine off cuts to cobble something together quickly, only to lose those jigs to the scrap pile…never to be seen again.

Thanks again!

-- Most of my public projects: https://www.youtube.com/makethings

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MakeThings

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#12 posted 08-15-2019 05:33 PM


Is there an advantage to this over having a fence that you can clamp to?

- onecarwallace


Besides not having to find a clamp (which isn’t hard for me as my clamps sit right next to the drill press), but the clamping action really pulls it hard to the base of the jig. If you follow my instructable link you can find the video I made that went with it. At the end of the video I’m literally yanking on the board and bringing the entire drill press forward and backward with each pull and push, and it didn’t budge.

Actually, don’t go looking for it, I’ll save you the time by putting it right where you can click on the exact moment:
https://youtu.be/W3EN7JybzeI?t=419

Thanks for taking some interest in this project!

EDIT: Now that I look back at it I will admit that the table slid a little, but that was my fault for not tighting the lock on the column a little more. Honestly though, I usually don’t ever put that much force into trying to move something on my drill press.

-- Most of my public projects: https://www.youtube.com/makethings

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