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How to convert an electrict hand drill to drill press?

I wanted to mount my hand drill to operate like a drill press .....but i have no idea how..can anybody teach me or show me a diagram or whatever how to diy these innovation....

Mister Wolf3 years ago
I've spent a lot of time recently searching for EXACTLY what you're asking about. I rigged up my rotary tool to drill straight with a guide, but I ended up finding a decent drill press for $50. Check Craigslist or local classifieds and you'll be surprised what you'll find. But, in the meantime, check out this instructable made by busupholstery and this one over at The Fickle Tinkerer's blog. You could choose different design elements that you like from each machine and combine to make a new instructable many diy enthusiasts could benefit from!

Also, do you have a rotary tool(Such as a Dremel)? If so, this may be of interest to you. If you do not have one, I would think one could adapt the "Fonly" plans to suit one's electric drill. Careful though, on hand drills like mine the grip is at an obtuse angle to the "barrel" or center line through the chuck. Therefore, when drilling, if my drill's grip is perpendicular to the hole I am drilling, the finished hole is horribly crooked. Hope this helps and doesn't confuse you. Let me know how it comes out.
caarntedd4 years ago
Do what an Instructables member would do. Look at the ones available to buy, then build a better one out of junk.
aarone4 years ago
I bought a drill guide attachment and it works really well.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000JCIMEA/ref=asc_df_B000JCIMEA1026321?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=googlecom09c9-20&linkCode=asn&creative=380341&creativeASIN=B000JCIMEA

This is the one I got, but many folks make them. Find one that works for you. I will mention though, that these devices are not a replacement for a real drill press. They don't offer the kind of torque, or control that a press does.
orksecurity4 years ago
Adapters for this are available off-the-shelf from folks like Sears. Basically, it's a bracket to hold the drill over the work space, a rack-and-pinion gear to move it up and down, and a spring to hold it up when not pulling down.