A small drill press can be pretty expensive, so I decided to make one myself. I spent somewere between 15$ and 20$ (I bought only the motor and the rails, the rest was made from reused stuff).
Step 1: You Need:
Materials (aproximate dimesions):
- 3' 4x4cm (1.6x1.6") square iron bar
- 8x12" half inch thick steel sheet
- 10" ball bearing furniture sliders
- A bunch of self-tapping screws
- Some sort of handle... Improvise something :)
- Drill to set on the support
- Angle grinder
- Clamps (metal, not plastic)
- Arc welder
Step 2: Clean, Cut and Weld.
Use the angle grinder with sand paper on it to clean the pieces of any rust and shar edges.
1 pcs 20" with one end at 45 degrees
1 pcs 8" with one end at 25 degrees
2 pcs 2"
The 8x12" base plate
Weld as shown in the images :) I'm lazy right now... I do not want to write so many words...
After you wellded everithing in place, grind and smooth them, painting comes next.
Step 3: Paint It Pretty :)
And again... I forgot to take photos for a while :-"...
After the paint has dried screwing the sliders comes next. But first you need to screw the support for the motor (or drill) on the sliders.. It should all go pretty easy with the self-tapping screws.
Step 4: Mount the Drill and the Hanle and Its Done!
Secure in the drill, or motor... Or whatever tool are you using.
Mount the handle (careful with the screws, same as before: pointy end twards you.) Aaand that should be it :) I didn't have to use a spring because the motor isn't heavy at all and it stays where you let it. But if you need to put a spring on yours you can attach one end at the base of the handle and the other end on top of the 2" piece.
Hopefuly this helps, good luck building your own :)