Introduction: PVC Dremel Drill Press

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PVC is easy find material. Not only work for plumbing, it also can make many things. Here is how I made a Dremel drill press with PVC.
All of the materials could be found in local hardware stores.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

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2"x1"bushing 1
1"cross 3
1"x3/4"tee 1
1"x3/4"bushing 3
1"x3/4"bushing spgxfpt 1
1"pipe 4 1/2"long (Class200pe grade) 1
1"pipe 2"long 2
3/4"crossing 1
3/4"tee 7
3/4"elbow 3
3/4"plug mpt 1
3/4"pipe 20 1/8"long 1
3/4"pipe 11"long 1
3/4"pipe 2 5/8"long 1
3/4"pipe 2 3/4"long 1
3/4"pipe 5"long  1
3/4"pipe 7"long 2
3/4"pipe 6"long 1
3/4"pipe 2 3/8"long 2
3/4"pipe 1/2"long (Class200pe grade) 6
1/2"elbow 4
1/2"pipe 11 1/2"long 2
1/2"pipe 4 1/4"long 2
1 1/2"conduit clamp 2
rubber stopper 1
springs (from 4"sprinkler body) 2
9 1/2" x 8 1/2" board  1
5" x 6" board  1

pvc cutter
screw drivers
sand paper
measuring devices

1)The spring is from 4" sprinkler body.
2)The 1 1/2"conduit clamp is just fitting Dremel 4000. You can find in electrical department of hardware store.
3)Class200pe grade pipe inner diameter is bigger than sch40 grade. Some parts have to be Class200pe grade.

Step 2: Fix Dremel on a Board

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Screw dremel on the 5"x 6"board with two conduit clamps. Cut the 2"x1"bushing as pictures, screw the top piece on the back of the 5" x 6" board and glue it with a 2" long 1"pipe.

Step 3: Assemble Base Frame

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Glue the drill base frame with 3/4" tees and pipes. Glue the 20 1/8"long 3/4"pipe as main pole, be sure it is 90 degree vertical to base frame. Cut a 1"x3/4"bushing, glue the top piece on the 1"x3/4"tee, and slide it into the end of the main pole. Assemble 3/4" elbow and the 11" long 3/4"pipe as sub-pole as pictures shown. Wait to screw them in next step, be sure those two poles are parallel. Then I did sand both poles a little bit. Put the springs.

Step 4: Make Parts and Assemble Slide Section

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Cut two 1"x 3/4"bushing to three pieces as picture shown. We need only the top piece and 2nd piece.  Polish their inner diameter with Dremel till they can very easy slide on that two poles (3/4" pipe). Glue them and 1"crosses and 1"pipes as pictures shown. Be sure two crosses are parallel and the third one is 90 degree to them. Put this slide part on poles.

Step 5: Make Parts and Assemble Handle Supporting

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Cut the 3/4" cross each side 7/16" off and glue two 3/4"pipe 1/2"long (Class200pe grade) in both sides, then glue this part on sub-pole in 90 degree to lower 1" cross, glue 5" long 3/4" pipe on it. Assemble 3/4"elbows and 2 3/4" long 3/4" pipe as pictures shown, wait to screw later. 
Slide the sliding parts to fit and adjust elbows connection till it is very smooth and easy slide. Now screw all of the elbows to connected pipes.

Step 6: Make Parts and Assemble Handle Slide Section

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Sand two 3/4" tees till they can easy rotate in a 1" cross inner diameter as shown in pictures. Glue 3/4"pipe 1/2"long (Class200pe grade) in both sides of these two tees. Assemble them with 1/2" elbows and pipes, one side 1/2" pipe go through 3/4" cross which has glue on sub-pole. Screw all of the 1/2" elbow and pipes. Now the handle is ready.

Step 7: Put Board for Base and Adjust Dremel

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Screw 9 1/2" x 8 1/2" board on the base frame. Recommend use countersink. Check Dremel and adjust.
If you only need a drill press, the PVC Dremel drill press has been already finished.
Next step is only want to give it more functions.

Step 8: Make a Stop Rubber

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For give it more functions, I made a stopper for this drill press so that it also can do some router and sand jobs.
Buy a rubber stopper in hardware store, drill a hole in center(use the PVC drill press, it's working now), put screw in it and hold on hand drill run it on a sand paper to get the rubber thin to fit into a 1"x 3/4" fpt bushing. Drill one side of rubber hole bigger in half way so the screw head can go inside. 

Step 9: Make a Stopper

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Drill a hole in a 3/4" plug and screw with the rubber. Glue 1" x 3/4" fpt bushing into 1" cross of the slide part, screw the stop rubber in it. When need to do some router or sand jobs, screw the plug tightening the rubber stopper with the sub-pole can fasten the dremel in one point to work as a router.
Ok, the PVC Dremel drill press is ready hope some people would like it.


47miky (author)2016-08-07

Thank you so much LanceH19. I appreciate your help. Now I can get the parts and start my build.

alangggg (author)47miky2017-10-18

hello. can i see your build?

papitoeletricista (author)2017-09-04

Incredible, congratulacions

YurenD (author)2016-10-08


Yonatan24 (author)2016-08-11

Hi, I've added your project to "The Ultimate Collection of DIY Workshop Tools" Collection

Here is the link If you are interested:

amjohnny (author)Yonatan242016-08-11

Thank you added my project!

zvornik (author)2016-08-09

This is epic, haha!!!!

47miky (author)2016-08-07

So okay I missed an abbreviation that I don't know. What does fpt stand for? Again as I asked before send it to and Thanks.

LanceH19 (author)47miky2016-08-07

mpt = male pipe thread

fpt = female pipe thread

spg x fpt = glue to female pipe thread

LanceH19 (author)2016-08-07

mpt = male pipe thread

fpt = female pipe thread

spg x fpt = glue to female pipe thread

vladivastok (author)2016-07-31

"Like it a lot." Do you think a full sized version could be built" ? Maybe with black pipe fitting's". "It would be more expensive than P.V.C. "just not sure plastic would take the weight & the pressure". thank's [VLAD]

Sgt-D (author)vladivastok2016-08-07

I don't see why you couldn't convert all the PVC to Black pipe and go with it. You'll have to beef up the traveler springs or install a counter weight . But it can be done

47miky (author)2016-08-07

Please anyone reading this if you know the answers to my questions will you please email me at and tell me what they stand for. The following abbreviations I don't know please tell me what they are: spgxfpt and mpt. I know everything else and recognize, can't make this til I know what you mean. HELP!

ViorelB4 (author)2016-08-06

Very nice project!

RadarRon (author)2016-08-02

Dang, I put out the ca$h for a Dremel brand drill press last month. I might make this just to have the fun of making

tdarlic (author)2016-08-01

I would bet that this drill stand works much better than the original one by Dremel. That one wobbles to much for any precise drilling. Great work!

pacster (author)2016-08-01

Very Very clear instruction and very nice project.
I will definitely make one myself!

Thanks dude!

Poppy Ann (author)2016-08-01

A great Instructable nice and clear and simple to follow no matter what language you speak.

well done

Regards Poppy Ann.

SpencerW17 (author)2016-07-31

Paste the following into Google search

"Отличная работа, очень простой и доступный проект! google translate"


Great job , very simple and accessible project!

Easy to do and you won't be seen as rude.

HarryWiggs (author)2016-07-31

Gee, I wonder how well YOU would do in whatever the poster's perfctly understandable English got through to the rest of us, fine.

Lighten up.

RajeshB2 (author)2016-07-31

nice idea...loved it

JanjaBoy (author)2016-07-31


hpb (author)2016-07-31

Awesome project. I wonder if a regular drill could be accommodated with some additions/adjustments. Perhaps extending the base behind the vertical columns for better stability and adding another vertical column parallel to the existing one to take on the added weight and vibrations. Maybe even substitute the PVC pipes with steel ones.

GardenGranny (author)2016-07-31

I'm a 66 year old grandma who just put a Dremel on her 2016 Christmas list. I think I'll put this on the list, too! I could make it myself, but I'm at that age where my family asks "what do you want for Christmas" and I am usually stumped as to what to ask for! Very nicely done!

DamianR3 (author)2016-07-31


moperformance (author)2016-07-31

Very nice!

alfredmoses (author)2016-04-20

This is tooo good excelento man, is it possible for you to send the details in PDF to

KarstenF1 (author)2016-04-01

WOW! !!
A great idea.
Is it possible to get the instructions?
Next week i'll go to look for the parts.
Have a nice weekend.

Greetings from Germany.

mohamed4data (author)2016-02-24

Nice one. ..
could you show the assembly steps video of this project.

АлександрП20 (author)2016-02-23

Отличная работа, очень простой и доступный проект!

RobertoR39 (author)2016-01-01

Muy Bueno!!!!! Pero falta un plano para identificar las piezas ,con sus respectivos diametros..igualmente estoy tratando de fabricar uno para un taladro de mano..Saludos Cordiales.De Buenos Aires..Argentina

AznanH (author)2015-12-13

i like !

MadHatterDrew (author)2015-11-10

does it only work for the dremel 4000, or can you incorporate any dremel into it.

Yonatan24 (author)2015-09-29

Hi, I've added your project to the "Top 5 DIY Dremel Drill Presses"

This is the link If you are interested:

amjohnny (author)Yonatan242015-09-30

Thank you added my project!

uniquo (author)2015-09-26

where is the pdf?

TimothyV5 (author)2015-09-15

I love these plans, I have worked with pvc before. Very easy materials to work with. I just bought a Dremel 4000 series, hoping you can tell me how much the supplies cost. Or if anyone else has made these could tell me would be great.

neggy73 (author)2013-08-10

Very clever. Do you find drilling metal causes any bending of the PVC?

MattiR (author)neggy732015-07-23

Just take it slow with the highest speeds and don't use those spade bits (the dremel can't handle such torque). It's just fine, the PVC is the last thing to bend like the author already said. But yea, I built this and it happily drills 1/2" holes to steel (with twist bits).

amjohnny (author)neggy732013-08-10

I believe Dremel is a high speed, low torque tool. When you give higher pressure on it, Dremel will stop to run before the pvc bending.

spike02 (author)2015-03-31

My dremel 4000 is on the way, when it gets here I'M DEFINITELY making this. Will post pics.

steezebe (author)2014-12-23

I'm trying to build one now, but I can't seem to find any of the "200pe" PVC. Is that tubing referred to by another name? I have everything assembled but because I can't find the thinner walled PVC, it's not complete. Thanks for the help!

Redhaed (author)2014-11-11

Bought a new Dremel tool last week. Definitely going to build my own Drill press with this Instructable! I'll add the images when i'm ready, thanks for the inspiration :D

etywoniak (author)2014-09-28

Has anyone built this in metric units? I live in the not-so-crazy part of the world and really need a dremel drill press but don't wanna pay the price Dremel has set.

wood doctor (author)2014-09-26


wood doctor (author)2014-09-26

awsome going to give it a go

wood doctor (author)2014-09-26

awsome going to give it a go.

mneil1 (author)2014-07-03

I love this idea but looks material expensive

fozzy13 (author)2014-06-26

This is really cool! I can't believe I hadn't seen this yet.

mosspossum (author)2014-04-25


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