Manufactured stop collars are great for drilling holes at a consistent depth. But they do not help keep the bit square to the board you are drilling into. So I made a simple depth stop jig in my shop that works for both.
A recent project called for drilling a row of very accurately spaced holes. To do this easily on the drill press, I came up with a simple indexing system.
If you count speed, accuracy, and convenience important in your shop, a drill press fits the description. But you can still get good results with a hand-held drill as well using this drillpress jig.
What makes this mortising machine so fantastic is the fact that it can create perfect mortises quickly and easily. The way it works is simple. The workpiece is clamped to a sliding table, and the router is mounted to a carriage that travels on a pair of drawer slides. By pulling the lever arm forward, the router bit is plunged into the workpiece. Then you just slide the table back and forth to rout the mortise.
With a large worksurface, an adjustable fence and stop, and storage space, this will be the last drill press table you will ever need. Plus it doubles as a drum sanding station with replaceable inserts and a built-in shop vacuum hookup. The cutting diagrams and materials list are available to download in this Online Extra.
Cutting diagram and material list only. This drill press table upgrade project was featured in Workbench Magazine Issue 253.
In the past, I used to just clamp a board to my drill press table whenever I needed a fence. But trying to position the fence was awkward. So I came up with a fence design08 that is easier to use and incorporates a stop block.
A two drawer file cabinet can be easily converted to a drill press stand, most drills will require a base to raise the top of the cabinet to a convenient height. The locking drawers are an excellent place to store power tools out of the reach of small children that may frequent the work area.