Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Shop tip: Drill Press Blocks

Reaching around and behind the drill press table to crank it up and down can feel really tedious if you just want to drill a quick hole. I've started keeping scrap pieces of plywood next to the drill press to elevate the 'surface' in a time expedient manner.

This is also convenient if you need to keep swapping out long and short bits, like when you're drilling and countersinking.

If you need to use the fence for multiple precision holes, or need to clamp the piece down while you work with Mongo the 4" Forstner bit, you should set things up appropriately, obviously. But for the rest of those one-shot jobs, this will make it faster and easier.

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