DIY PCB Drill Press Machine

Introduction: DIY PCB Drill Press Machine

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As I said in my previous INSTRUCTABLE that I have been working on a new Instructable, So in this post, I will show you how to make a handy DC powered Drill Press Machine and follow the steps on how to build this Machine. So Let's get started!

Step 1: The Backstory & Plan

I had been thinking of building a Drill press which was quite large in size. I designed it with the railings of the drawer and fixing a dill machine on it which could be simple to build, but not that handy one which wouldn't be great for precision works. Then I thought it would be better to make a handy one which could be easy to use, to build, carry, and can easily fit in my LAB, but the plan was the same as the bulky drill press machine. Then I came up with a simple great design that anyone can build easily at home by spending little money. There I made some changes in the plan, I replaced railings of a drawer with CD or DVD drives and drill machine was replaced to a motor with Chuck and its drill bits which you could get from Amazon and with a variable motor speed controller for your Machine where you could control the speed of the motor you can check out my previous instructable for that.

Step 2: Get the Materials!

  • Plywood
  • Motor
  • Drill Chuck & drill bits
  • DVD or CD drive railings
  • Motor speed controller
  • Switch
  • C-Clamp
  • Screws
  • Paints and its accessories
  • Some small springs

Step 3: Instructions!

Here are some tips which will help you to build a drill press machine for less cost-efficiently at home.


Select plywood and mark the given measurement on it.

  • Base plywood is 8.5'' x 6'' [Thickness - 3/4″] x 1
  • 7.5'' x 4.7'' [Thickness - 3/4″] x 1
  • 4.1'' x 3'' [Thickness - 1/4"] x 3
  • A small plywood piece


I bought a 12v motor with drill accessories for that specified motor which I got them from Amazon which was not that good as I thought. But I got to know about this another drill motor with accessories for a lesser price than that so I recommend this one on Amazon check this link. I used different motors for my machine to know what is best for it.

3. DVD / CD railings

You can get an old DVD or CD drives from scrap. Open that you will find the railings inside the box.


By this, you can control the speed of the motor as you want, well you can check my instructable for Motor speed controller circuit.


You can get it from a hardware store or you can make clamps at home using aluminum or other metal.


I used black synthetic paints to get a great look.


You can get it from a click ballpoint pen.

Step 4: Making of the Machine Frame & Painting

If you got the same parts as me then you can follow the same dimension of plywood for the designing of the machine.

Construct the machine with the help of design according to the pictures. Drill the necessary holes for joining the different plywood pieces fix them with the screws. Remove the laser and other unnecessary parts, make sure to open the railings to add the springs so that after when you press the machine while drilling holes it automatically comes upwards. Drill the holes for mounting the railing then fix it with screws and if you are making a closure like stuff for controller system like how I made, then drill a hole for plywood block to pass wires to connect the motor you can refer to the images to get a crystal clear idea. Cut a wooden block, then attach that with the railing mechanism. Then fixing the motor with the clamp to it, and make sure the drill bit and the base is perpendicular check this a try square.

Paint the machine body for giving a greater look for our DIY DRILL PRESS MACHINE.

Step 5: Installing the Electronics

Install the DIY motor speed controller module, solder the wires, motor & switches, etc. and some wires for powering the circuit.

Step 6: Powering the Circuit!

Finally, test it by Powering THE DIY DRILL PRESS MACHINE with a 12v DC power supply,

Before that check for short circuit and wiring and polarity for VCC & ground.

Step 7: Success

You created your own DIY DRILL PRESS MACHINE which is handy

That's great!!

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    2 years ago

    How did you attach the head to the the cd/dvd mechanism? I ask because I started making a similar machine years ago but didn't finish it. This was one of the problems I encountered.

    DC Labz
    DC Labz

    Best Answer 2 years ago

    Are you asking about wooden block which is attached to the railing mechanism


    Answer 2 years ago

    Thanks for the response. Yes, exactly that.

    DC Labz
    DC Labz

    Answer 2 years ago

    I removed the glass and laser and drilled the plastic, screwed the wooden block or you can even just hammer nails but it's better to drill and screw up. After that you can apply epoxy araldite for stronger bond.


    Answer 2 years ago

    Sometimes the simple methods are the best! Very helpful - thank you :)

    DC Labz
    DC Labz

    Answer 2 years ago

    Yeah always true