Make a simple adjustable fence and a right angle drilling jig to make your drill press work quicker and more accurately. Store them nearby so they're handy when you need them.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:December / January 2008
Add an adjustable fence to your drill press to make it a
lot handier for woodworking projects! A fence is especially
useful for drilling rows of precisely placed holes.
Also, boring holes in a small workpiece is a snap—just
clamp the piece to the fence at any angle and drill the
hole. You won’t struggle with holding small pieces in
place while you drill. (That’s also dangerous!)
1. Attach a 2-ft. x 1-ft. scrap of plywood or particleboard
to the drill press table with countersunk 1/4-in. flat
head machine screws, fender washers and nuts. (Run
the screws through the slots in the metal table. The
fender washers will span the slots.)
2. Create the fence from a 2 ft. x 4-in. x 1-in. board bolted
to a 2-ft. piece of 3-in. x 1/8-in. aluminum angle
iron ($10 at a home center for a 4-ft. length). Again,
countersink the holes in the board before bolting the
board to the angle iron.
Thanks to Bryce Schultz for this tip.
Make this jig from a 3-in. aluminum angle and a straight 1x4.
If you’ve ever tried to drill a perfectly straight and centered
deep hole in the end of a board, you know that it’s
nearly impossible with a handheld drill. But add a drill
press and a jig and the job becomes very doable. Make
this jig from two 8-in. x 12-in. pieces of 3/4-in. plywood
or medium-density fiberboard (MDF). Just screw the
pieces together to form a “T” and reinforce the jig with
a couple of triangles.
To use the jig, clamp it to the drill press table and the
workpiece to the jig. Draw an “X” across the corners to
find the exact center of the piece. You’ll have to adjust
the height of the table and pivot it until you line everything
up, but after that, drilling a straight, centered hole
is a cinch. This trick will work for rectangular or square
Thanks to Leon Stoker for this tip.
Make this jig from 3/4-in. plywood or MDF.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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