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Hello All:

Just thought I would share this with you.

I made the table top from 2 X 24"X12" 3/4" MDF panels that I glued together. The fence is measured at 24" X 3" X 1.5" that can slide up to 11" forward, I also add 3/4 utility tracks for clamps and stops and whatever else I want to add on at a later date.
The paper measuring tape's I got from Ikea, hey!! it's free and it came in handy for this jig If you have any questions or comments their always welcomed
Here's the pics.

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Hi Glen,

that looks stunning. It also looks like other jigs I have seen so I'm guessing they work well. Have you thought about a replaceable insert to minimise tear out in the future?. As you use the jig obviously you will drill into the base and make holes. To minimise tear out you may even move the jig about on your existing table so there is no hole under the drill path. With a removable insert you just change it out when it becomes to full of holes.

I have re written this a couple of times and don't mean to be telling you suck eggs, and if I haven't explained myself very well please ask.

Cheers Si
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I always end up with holes all over my drill press tabels so I just have a piece of 3/4 mdf attached to the metal table, no tracks or clamps.
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Hi Glen,

that looks stunning. It also looks like other jigs I have seen so I'm guessing they work well. Have you thought about a replaceable insert to minimise tear out in the future?. As you use the jig obviously you will drill into the base and make holes. To minimise tear out you may even move the jig about on your existing table so there is no hole under the drill path. With a removable insert you just change it out when it becomes to full of holes.

I have re written this a couple of times and don't mean to be telling you suck eggs, and if I haven't explained myself very well please ask.

Cheers Si
Thanks for the complements on the jig.

I set this jig up mainly for drilling holes in stiles for installing cabinet hinges, requiring no through holes, but I'm in the process of making some round 2" 0 clearance inserts
from 3/4 MDF when I need them.

The advantage of having a radial drill press is the table and drill head can articulate in all directions to position to drill where you want it, in this case right on the tables center. here's some photos that illustrate that.

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Hi Glen ,

that looks like a seriously nice piece of kit.

Cheers,Si
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The advantage of having a radial drill press is the table and drill head can articulate in all directions...
Hi Glenn:

The only thing I can add is to be able to move the head up and down, rather than the table. On my old drill press I put a hydraulic lift under the bench top drill press column. The table top is 2'x4' and the head moves up and down relative to the table. I now have the radial that you have but I haven't been able to restore the column lift. Planned for down the road but I'm not sure how far.

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Hi Glenn:

The only thing I can add is to be able to move the head up and down, rather than the table. On my old drill press I put a hydraulic lift under the bench top drill press column. The table top is 2'x4' and the head moves up and down relative to the table. I now have the radial that you have but I haven't been able to restore the column lift. Planned for down the road but I'm not sure how far.
Yes it would be nice to lift the head with a push of a button, lifting the table at best is pain in the butt
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Man, that is just what I needed to see.
Very nice work.
I have a very old PowrKraft radial drill press, and I am getting ready to tear it down, clean it up, and make a new table for it. Your ideas are just what I need.

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Hi Glen,

that looks stunning. It also looks like other jigs I have seen so I'm guessing they work well. Have you thought about a replaceable insert to minimise tear out in the future?. As you use the jig obviously you will drill into the base and make holes. To minimise tear out you may even move the jig about on your existing table so there is no hole under the drill path. With a removable insert you just change it out when it becomes to full of holes.

I have re written this a couple of times and don't mean to be telling you suck eggs, and if I haven't explained myself very well please ask.

Cheers Si
Hi Si

This jig is mainly for drilling 35mm holes in stiles for Euro hinges and 5mm pin holes for shelving, requiring no through holes, most of the work I do is cabinetry and trim. For installing pulls and handles I use my template and cordless drill.

I have update the jig with a 3" removable plug to accommodate a sanding drum that I could have used many of times for sanding curves I cut with a jigsaw. here's some
pics

Cheers
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Thanks James

Are making you're own table or buying one?

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