Drill press is one of the most convenient, efficient and easy to use tools that you can find in a workshop. The tool is not only convenient for woodworking projects, but is also suitable for drilling holes in large and hard materials like metal.
However, in my experience, I can tell you that without a good drill press stand, you will not use your drill press to its maximum effects. Drills work by rotating spindle that is usually clamped in a vice resting on a table.
What You Will Need
For this DIY procedure, you will need the following tools and materials:
Step 1: keeping an Adjustable Guide
For your convenience and ease of use, keeping an adjustable guide is a wise idea. An adjustable guide makes it easier for you to dissemble the tool wherever you desire. Start by blocking the guide using a couple of carriage bolts to secure its ideal position and keep it from turning when you tighten the knob.
Step 2: Make Use of a Screw
The next step entails using a screw to keep the guide together or remove it. In most case, you will require about four bolts to hold keep the drill in contact with the base made of MDF. The bolts and screws used should be strong such that they can support the weight of the drill press. This is a very important step in ensuring that your drill press always remains in place.
Step 3: Getting a Trespa
When making a drill press stand for your drill press, the type of surface (table) where you will place your tool plays a huge role. In most case, a table made with HPL panel is ideal for the job. These types of tables are called “Trespa” because of their compact nature and durability. They have strong resins and wood fibers for their making thereby underling the reason as to why they are mostly preferred over other materials.
Step 4: Adjustment of the Height and Weight
This is one of the trickiest bits of setting up your drill press stand. Here, you will have to adjust the height and depth of the drill carefully so that the bit lies exactly at 0 after you have reset the knob. This is necessary to ensure that you have precise measurements and that the drill remains where you want it to be.
Step 5: Locking of the Depth
At this stage, all you need to do is a pick a depth that you know will work perfectly for you and lock it for future use.
Step 6: Adjustment of the Guide
This stage is also critical as it plays a huge role in determining the results of your projects. Before making a drill, you should adjust the guide and mark its position. This will prevent unnecessary movements, as you will know the exact spot when the guide needs to rest.
Step 7: Consider Using Two Clamps
If you are going to use your drill press to make deeper holes, it is advisable that you use a couple of clamps. These clamps will hold the piece to the guide therefore making the procedure safer and convenient.
Generally, the type of drill press stand that you make will depend on the types of projects that you will be working on mostly. For instance, the stand that you will be using for sanding is not the same as the one that you will be using for drilling. However, the variations are very few and you can achieve great results but altering the procedures slightly.
Factors to Consider When Making a Drill Press Stand
After you have purchased your drill press, the next step is to have a drill press stand that will support it well thereby making it very accurate and convenient. Putting the following factors into consideration will help you achieve the same:
1. 1. The Purpose of The Drill
A drill press is very different as compared to a hand drill. A drill press allows you to bore holes in materials such as wood and metal with utmost ease. However, if you are going to use your drill press on such humongous tasks, you will need a stand that is equally as strong.
1. 2. The Power of the Drill
The power of your drill press should be directly proportional to the strength of your drill press stand. Having a drill press that over powers its stand will lead to inaccuracy and many inconveniences. On the other hand, your drill press stand should support your drill press regardless of the speed under which it is operating.
A drill press is one of the most useful tools in any workshop. You can use it to drill holes in materials such as woods and metals with utmost ease while at the same time maintaining high levels of accuracy. However, to enhance the proper working of a drill press, an equally strong and sturdy drill press stand is needed.
On paper, this might seem to be a hard task but it is not. Following the steps provided in this article on how to make and use a drill press stand for drill will help you achieve your goals.
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