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Picture of Drill press repeat drill fence fixture
I've had a drill press for many, many years and had a very heavy, albeit beat up, mill vice on it for almost as many years. It's been a good vice for the purpose, but has its issues when I want to drill a lot of repeated positioned holes in many parts, or when I want a row of holes in a single part. It's a lot of setup and it gets time consuming.

I recently made a fence to make these repeated holes a lot easier to do. It also provides a stop so I can simply hold many of the parts, (not all...) while the drilling is performed.

It is really fast and simple to make, requiring only 3 pieces of wood, and could be made without any power tools, as long as you have at least one edge that is straight.

None of the dimensions are critical.

Step 1: Materials:

A piece of wood for the Base
A piece of wood for the fence
And (Optional) a piece of wood to glue/screw to the bottom of the base so it can be clamped in the vice.

This last bit is optional as you can leave it out, and simply bolt, clamp, or screw the base to the drill press table.

In my case, I used the following (all Dimensions approximate, and not critical at all):

Base: 6 x 8 x 1 (actual 3/4" thickness) pine scrap

Fence: 3 x 6 x 1 pine scrap

Vise griping block: 1 x 1 x 6 pine scrap

6 sheet rock screws

Wood glue

Step 2: Assembly:

I glued and screwed the fence to the good (straight) edge of the base using three screws. It's a good idea to pre-drill the fence piece so it does not split.

I glued and screwed the gripping block to the middle of the bottom of the base, again, pre drill the gripping block.

I clamped the gripping block in my drill press vice, and it's ready to use!
 
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pfred23 years ago

I need to write up my vise stop I made:

http://i.imgur.com/Kqhcy.jpg

I didn't want to make one of the ones where I had to drill into the side of my vise to mount it. I like how it came out. Works good.