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.
If you have ever tried to drill a hole in a dowel or odd-shaped object (like a turned leg), you probably know how frustrating a job it can be. It is a real challenge to hold these kinds of workpieces steady and accurately on the flat table of a drill press. And it is even trickier if you have to drill an angled hole. Usually, I wind up cobbling together some jury-rigged device to support the workpiece in question. But since building this adjustable V-block system, that is no longer a problem. The cutting diagrams and materials list are available to download in this Online Extra.
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.
The drum sander on my drill press works great for sanding curves but it produces lots of dust. So to collect the dust, I slip the hose from my shop vacuum into a bracket attached to the column of the drill press, as shown in the photo. Besides keeping the hose steady during use, the bracket is easy to adjust. This way, you can put the end of the hose right where you need it.
Drilling holes in small pieces can be hard to do on a drill press. If you try to hold them with your hand, they want to spin when the bit breaks through the back side. So to prevent this, I made an auxiliary table to hold small pieces securely, as you can see in the photo.
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.