Free 173 Best Homemade Tools eBook:  
Remove advertisements
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Drill press levelling stand attachment.

  1. #1
    Blueflame2007's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2017
    Posts
    2
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Drill press levelling stand attachment.

    Hi Guys,

    I'm looking for ideas on having a levelling attachment for when Im working on my bench drill. Say I'm boring out holes on one end of a four foot or any length of channell or box or angle or whatever. Well instead of propping the other end up with box's or whatever Id like to be able to use an adjustable stand with perhaps a clamping device attached as well.

    My drill is a bench mounted one so stand would want to be moveable when not in use.

    Any ideas and help here greatly appreciated.
    Last edited by Blueflame2007; 05-03-2017 at 08:22 AM.

  2. #2
    olderdan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    Devon UK
    Posts
    394
    Thanks
    849
    Thanked 724 Times in 255 Posts

    olderdan's Tools
    Quote Originally Posted by Blueflame2007 View Post
    Hi Guys,

    I'm looking for ideas on having a levelling attachment for when Im working on my bench drill. Say I'm boring out holes on one end of a four foot or any length of channell or box or angle or whatever. Well instead of propping the other end up with box's or whatever Id like to be able to use an adjustable stand with perhaps a clamping device attached as well.

    My drill is a bench mounted one so stand would want to be moveable when not in use.

    Any ideas and help here greatly appreciated.
    I use a cheap roller stand leveled to the height of the drill table (variable) and do all clamping on the drill table (safer), folds away when not needed.
    It maybe a bit basic but its a start point for further thought.

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to olderdan For This Useful Post:

    Paul Jones (05-04-2017)

  4. #3
    mklotz mklotz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Location
    LA, CA, USA
    Posts
    1,477
    Thanks
    101
    Thanked 2,759 Times in 954 Posts

    mklotz's Tools
    Unless the material is super heavy, a photographic tripod should do the job and comes with a built-in height adjustment. Here's just one example...

    https://www.amazon.com/DreamLifter-p...graphic+tripod

    Folds into a compact package for storage and, hey, as a bonus, you can use it to take photographs and unshaky videos.
    ---
    Regards, Marv


    Home Shop Freeware
    http://www.myvirtualnetwork.com/mklotz

  5. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to mklotz For This Useful Post:

    Blueflame2007 (05-04-2017), Moby Duck (05-03-2017), Paul Jones (05-04-2017)

  6. #4

    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Posts
    1
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Blueflame2007 View Post
    Hi Guys,

    I'm looking for ideas on having a levelling attachment for when Im working on my bench drill. Say I'm boring out holes on one end of a four foot or any length of channell or box or angle or whatever. Well instead of propping the other end up with box's or whatever Id like to be able to use an adjustable stand with perhaps a clamping device attached as well.

    My drill is a bench mounted one so stand would want to be moveable when not in use.

    Any ideas and help here greatly appreciated.
    I would rather modify the drill press to have a moving head so that you don't have to continually reorganize work support.
    In my opinion drill presses have it backwards.
    The work support should be fixed (perhaps at a fixed offset from the workbench, say 50 mm or 2" for the imperialists) while the head moves.
    I think that the easiest way to do this would be to ditch the standard foot and anchor the work platform to the bench.
    The column would need a hole through the bench and clearance below.
    The raising rack (if you have one) would need a more sturdy top lock on the column or a packer above because of the reversed load.
    motorizing the rack drive would solve a lot of clearance issues, perhaps with an old driver drill.

  7. The Following User Says Thank You to Clarrie For This Useful Post:

    Blueflame2007 (05-03-2017)

  8. #5
    C-Bag's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Location
    California, central coast
    Posts
    720
    Thanks
    689
    Thanked 829 Times in 466 Posts

    C-Bag's Tools
    My goto stand after having several cheapo tripods is Rockwell jawstand. There are two models, the cheaper one has no fine adj on the height and for $20 more the XP has a fine adj.

    Rockwell JawStand-RK9033 - The Home Depot

    I have one of each as the XP won't go low enough for my 4x6 bandsaw and the XP is perfect for everything else. What's not readily apparent by the pix is the head tilts and also has a clamp in it made to clamp a 2x4. So when drilling something long on the drill press thats a bench mount but on a rollaway toolbox and is higher than a normal bench, I just clamp a 2x4 in the head and voila and adjustable support. I've also got other things now I clamp in it like a roller for guiding stuff on the table saw and two mounts for servicing our recumbent trikes. They have become irreplaceable in my shop.

  9. The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to C-Bag For This Useful Post:

    Blueflame2007 (05-03-2017), Papa Bill (05-06-2017), Paul Jones (05-04-2017), Toolmaker51 (05-03-2017)

  10. #6
    NortonDommi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    North Island, New Zealand.
    Posts
    238
    Thanks
    502
    Thanked 105 Times in 78 Posts
    Do you have any wall space? You could mount the drill on a shelf and have a fold-down rest or three to take long lengths. Alernatively mount a conveyer roller in a bracket mounted to the side of your bench,(or one each side),in a simple tube socket with a clamp for height adjustment. Height adjustment might seem strange but it is suprising how often you have to drill an odd shape. This would alow quick removal of the roller for use by the bandsaw as well. Add a stand alone roller further out for very long lengths.

  11. The Following User Says Thank You to NortonDommi For This Useful Post:

    Blueflame2007 (05-04-2017)

  12. #7
    Blackbeard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    Posts
    9
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    Have you looked into the adjustable roller stands that collapse when not in use and could be hung on a wall? Assuming the piece you are drilling is clamped to your table. an adjustable gives you the ability to use it for any length of stock.


    Post your reply!
    Join 33,912 of us and get our 173 Must Read Homemade Tools eBook free.



    173 Must Read Homemade Tools

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •