Sunday, September 25, 2022

Drill Press Tool Holder

Drill Press Tool Holder with Quick Release

 Here is a drill press accessory that allows you to keep your "go-to" bits and accessories out in the open, mounted to the drill press column. Additional holes are marked and can be enlarged as needed.  

To start I use a 2x6 and cut it to length of 14 inches, and after cleaning the sides with the table saw the width is 5 inches.

To make it look better I beveled one end, then rounded the corners on end and hand sanded the edges.

Here is the layout for the bolts. They are both five inches, one carriage and one lag bolt.

Measuring the drill press column (2 1/2") to be transferred  to the block. 

Rather than using a hole saw or large Forstner bit careful cutting with the bandsaw will give you good results.

The small piece is first drilled on the drill press then clamped together and further drilled, this is easier than drilling the whole piece and will keep things straight. When one side is drilled you can put a drill bit inside the hole, this will keep everything aligned.

                     Two notches are dado cut on the table saw this is the exact width of the bolt.                                  A  table saw sled is best for this.

Here is the lever, I just drew something rough and then shaped it slowly and cleaned it up with the sander.

The hole is drilled off centre to make the clamping mechanism.

I hade to do a few tests. I first made it larger than it had to be then shaped it slowly to get the right position for locking. It did not take to long. 

I picked out some of the bits and tools I would use, then drilled additional small holes for other bits later. This keeps things neat and tidy. They can be enlarged when needed.

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