Although column drills come with a base to support the pieces that we want to drill, this is usually very small, which can be a disadvantage when we want to work with large pieces. For this reason, it’s good to know that we can build a larger, more practical stand at home, with a few readily available materials.
The vise stand is a small workbench, which is used to keep the drill on the table while we work with pieces of various sizes and shapes. The good thing about this base is that it provides more resistance and allows you to drill comfortably without fear of the entire system tilting, so the result is more precise and professional.
Starting the construction of the base for the drill press
The first thing you should do is select a good wood, in this case we recommend pine, since it is robust enough to support the weight of a column drill. To make the support you will need 58 cm plates, 50 cm boards, a 58 cm plywood and a 10 x 10 cm board. Also, you should have on hand standard type wood screws, of the common ones that you can find at the hardware store for an economical price.
To start, you can place the two 58 cm plates in parallel and butt, with a space between them of 50 cm, where the boards of these dimensions will go. They should be square to the edge so they are flush with the ends of the larger plates. Next, it is necessary to screw the 58 cm boards, as well as the ends of the 50 cm plates, in order to achieve a square frame. For this it is possible to use eight screws and repeat the process to obtain two frames.
When you have the two frames, you can now place one of them horizontally to screw a 10 x 10 cm board using two screws at an angle perpendicular to the inside of each corner. You can then lift the second frame around the 10 x 10cm joints to place it parallel to the first, taking care that it is 50cm apart. As you can see, you already have the frame of your base for the column drill press (if you click here, you will find several products to choose from). At this point you can now rotate it vertically.
It’s time to screw the 23-inch piece of plywood to the top of the frame, so that its edges are flush with the sides of the frame itself. In this case, it is the top of the bracket that will serve as the base for the drill press. Make sure that everything is well fixed and bring your drill to place it on the top of the support, taking care that it is centered, for which you should use a tape measure, since it is important that all the edges of the plywood are to the same distance from the base.
Next, you need to cut a hole in the plywood that is the same diameter as the holes in the bottom of the drill press. For this it is advisable to use the holes in the base as a guide. You only have to screw the base of the device to the support you just made so that you can start enjoying its benefits.
The easiest way to make a drill press at home
If you do not have a column drill but you have a conventional device, then you can build one by hand at home, using a few materials, such as screws, bolts, nuts, washers, sliders, among others. You will also need a broomstick, an aluminum plate and a small wooden triangular figure and other pieces with the following measurements: 19 x 30 cm, 19 x 25 cm, 11 x 15 cm, 40 x 40 cm, 12 x 4 cm, 11 x 3 cm, 9 x 8 cm and 11 x 10 cm.
First place the 19 x 30 cm board and screw the 2 vertical pieces on one of its edges with 4 screws. Then you can place the 12×4 cm piece of wood on top of the columns so that they are well attached using another 4 screws. You can now work with the 19 x 25 cm wood to place the 11 x 10 cm piece at one end. This small piece must have a hole with the same diameter as the drill to be able to insert it later. You can do this with the router.
Next, it is time to position the triangular piece, so that the hypotenuse is facing up, as well as one of the edges touching the piece that you just screwed, for this you must add 2 screws with the help of a drill. At the other end, it is necessary to screw the 11×10 cm piece using 2 additional screws. It is time to insert 2 sliders into the long ends of the piece of wood that you just made.
In this way, it is already possible to join the main structure with the drill support. To achieve this, it is necessary to screw the entire piece of the support on the part of the sliders, using the columns that we screwed at the beginning of the process. It is very important that you place them on top of them, in order to move the drill vertically.
To make the lever you must use the broomstick, making two holes, the first at one of the ends and the second before reaching the middle. Also, you have to drill the aluminum plate, as it will be part of the system. This can be left or right depending on your preference. The broomstick with bolts, nuts and washers will go on the column of your choice, while the aluminum plate goes in the hole you made in the middle of the stick, which in turn must be fixed to the 19 x 25 cm wood.
Finally, the 11×3 cm wood will serve to place it on the top of the support using 2 screws at each end. You should also make two more holes to secure the drill with a clamp, first making sure that the drill bit has passed through the hole.