homemade drill press

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Project by wrightly posted 03-05-2013 01:49 AM 10053 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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)

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#1 posted 03-05-2013 01:54 AM

I will trade you my chinese made bench-top one for it….deal??? That is an amazing build and shows some true ingenuity on your part wrightly…Great job

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#2 posted 03-05-2013 02:12 AM

This reminds me of what we had to use in Iraq. All I had was a circular saw 220 vt and a Dewalt 18vt cordless drill. Painting was easy, they supplied yellow road stripe paint. To apply you poured it onto the board and let the 145F heat do all the work, usually dried before you could get to the end of a 4×8 sheet of plywood a minute maybe. (Laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 03-05-2013 02:28 AM

Great job! I like your ingenuity as well. I understand a limited budget, but I would have checked your local classifieds for deals on drill presses. If you like fixing things this is the way to go. I found a 12”, 50 year old floor standing Delta drill press for free! It needed some work though. Building this would have been my last resort.

Isn’t it nice the have a perfect perpendicular hole! ;)

-- Bryan Cramer at Great Plains Design Works

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#4 posted 03-05-2013 02:29 AM

thanks buster, certainly appreciate it. i might take you up on that trade if it falls apart within the next few weeks. hahahaha

-- WRIGHTLY (Bristol, TN)

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#5 posted 03-05-2013 02:31 AM

thank you for your service michael curtis. i did 5 years in the army. nothing overseas except a stint in germany. that was a vacation though in my eyes.

-- WRIGHTLY (Bristol, TN)

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#6 posted 03-05-2013 02:34 AM

brian c, i do check area classifieds often but haven’t had any luck. usually if i find a good deal, it’s already snatched up. and heck, you can’t beat getting what you did for free… my goodness that’s a deal. thanks for the comment

-- WRIGHTLY (Bristol, TN)

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#7 posted 03-05-2013 02:51 AM

Very creative.

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#8 posted 03-05-2013 04:39 AM

That is pretty Creative and there is is nothing more satisfying than using a tool you made yourself. I like it and sure you might find a used drill press made Overseas for sale, but I would put my apples next to your oranges that your homemade drill press is a whole lot more satisfying to use and more accurate than any Chinese made drill press!!

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#9 posted 03-05-2013 04:42 AM

My Father gave me a old Craftsman Drill Press that required a drill to be put into it, have no idea what model and such. I used that for a few years then bought a nice Jet. Nowadays my first drill press still has a drill, but in a box used as a paint mixer. (On slow speed of course!)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#10 posted 03-05-2013 12:33 PM

because you can? – nice job…

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#11 posted 03-05-2013 01:12 PM

i like it and its money in your pocket and you had fun making it

-- Punk in PA

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#12 posted 03-05-2013 05:23 PM


-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#13 posted 03-10-2013 04:18 PM

I want one! Nice job and I am planning on blatantly stealing that idea.

-- Be honest, honorable, kind, work hard, and generally be awesome.

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