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An interesting way to drill holes in long pieces.
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Handy hint Harry,thank you. James jj777746

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I wish I would have thought of that. Hope I will remember the next time I need to drill long piece.

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That's one thing the ShopSmith does well, horizontal drilling among other things. I've often wondered about mortising longboard ends, Maybe the same possibility? I don't own a mortise machine......
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Harry,
Thanks for sharing this. Personally I have a floor model, but I am looking at the design and thinking ! what if, someone could replace the cleats with drawer sliders and install drawers, and when you need to do as the diagram shows, simply remove the drawer and replace with the shelf shown. I thing that could work and be the best of both scenarios.
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I did that for years, before getting my floor standing drill press, but I didn't have the fancy cabinet for height adjustment under it.

I just used stackable boxes upside down on the floor with a few scraps of 2 by lumber on top to get the height adjustment that I needed if the work couldn't be clamped to the drill press table. A vertical board clamped to the front edge of the bench served as a back guide, because most of the time when doing this, I was drilling the center hole in lamp stock and this board helped me get the hole straight in the front/back direction. The side to side direction was easier because I could just use the drill press table set to 90 deg, as in the photo. It works, but drilling lamps is easier to get right if you spin the work in a lathe, which I didn't have at the time either. When you don't have all the right tools you get very good at finding alternate ways.

If you only have a bench mounted drill press, mounting it this way gives you drilling abilities that you wouldn't have otherwise, yet it still allows it's use with the adjustable height table as you would normally.

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You've proved once again Charley that necessity really is the mother of invention.
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Rather ingenious! I just buy the holes and glue them into the wood.
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I like that, Harry. Could be very useful for my little drill press and my whirligig posts.

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I almost like it. Reversing the base will hang that weight over the base and it will be tippy. Extend the front legs another 8-12 inches and it will be more stable. I like the idea of the drawers, just have a sheet of ply to place on top of the drawer. Drill this piece and hang it on the back or side.

Loading the drawers with tools would also make it less top heavy, more stable. Fixed casters on the back set as far apart as possible. I'd probably double up the thickness of the top to make sure it's going to stay put with all that forward weight trying to rip the DPs base out of the plywood.

I rarely need to drill into the end, but would probably do it more often if I had this jig.
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