The Wooden Cordless Drill Press


Recently I was working with my drill press when the motor burned out. Lacking the funds to replace it, and in the middle of a project that required one, I thought it would be fun to come up with a press built completely out of wood. Taking it further, I wanted it to house my cordless drill so that it would be completely portable and stowable.

The design incorporates a box drill guide which, by itself is useful for drilling straight holes in projects that are too large to be brought to the press, or with the addition of an extra strip of wood as a guide, it can easily be converted into a dowel hole tool, ensuring perfectly straight joints in your work without the use of a jig.

Now the measurements I used were based on an 18v Royobi cordless drill, so you may have to make some modifications in the dimensions to fit your own drill. Since drills come in all shapes and sizes, It'd be impractical to give you a 'plan' to work from. Rather, like all of my instructables, it's my intention to create a set of design rules that, if followed, will allow you the flexibility to modify it to whatever need you may have.

Paso 1: Tools And Material


  • Cordless drill and bits
  • mitre saw, hand saw, jig saw, or table saw, etc.
  • combination square
  • 2" hole saw
  • 2 1/2" hole saw
  • 1" hole saw


  • 1x3" - roughly 16'
  • 2x3" - roughly 14'
  • 2x4" - roughly 6"
  • 3/8" plywood
  • carpenters glue
  • 3" deck screws
  • 2 1/2" deck screws
  • 2" deck screws
  • 1/4" hex bolt
  • Expandable spring
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Enriquethefieldmouse dice: Ago 20, 2014. 10:23 AM
I might have missed it but is there a way to remove the drill if needed?
antagonizer dice: Ago 20, 2014. 4:45 PM

The adjustment screw has a two fold purpose; making certain the bit is straight and holding the drill in place. Once removed your drill should be able to lift from its cradle and angle out of the frame. Leave at least an inch gap for the adjustment screw and you shouldn't have any trouble removing and reinserting it.

Jayefuu dice: Ago 15, 2014. 1:14 AM

I need one of these!

danhitman dice: Ago 13, 2014. 11:45 PM

That was awesome. How about a mount for a cordless circular saw so I can use it as a drop saw.

antagonizer dice: Ago 14, 2014. 4:24 PM

I'm actually planning a miter saw as well. I've got a project coming up, in a place that doesn't have power yet and it would definitely be something useful.

rabbit_man dice: Ago 13, 2014. 12:09 PM

I'm tempted to make something similar to this, but allow the drill bit to go beneath the base of the stand. This would allow me to set the stand on a large piece that needs drilled in the middle. I would probably also make a mount for the charger so that it could stay with the drill if desired.

antagonizer dice: Ago 14, 2014. 4:25 PM

If you remove the box from the base you can use it as a drill guide for nice straight holes. The charger is a great idea.

technovative dice: Ago 12, 2014. 7:57 AM

That's one sturdy looking machine. Nicely done.

Victor8o5 dice: Ago 11, 2014. 5:02 PM

I like your design, it's very clever.

Verticees dice: Ago 11, 2014. 4:44 PM

This is awesome! I have to try this.