Easy Mini Drill Press




I was looking for an easy mini drill press for drilling PCB for example. So i went to the web to find that.

I didn't found exactly what i wanted in DIY projects or shop so i built this :)

This press is strong, accurate and not expensive !

Step 1: Materials

Tools needed:

  • Drill
  • Jigsaw

  • Ruler and pencil

Materials (25$ if you already have the mini drill):

  • MDF Wood (thickness 1.8cm 0.708") 5$

  • Drawer slides (i used 20cm 7.87" one) 7$

  • Mini drill like a Dremel or another one like mine 35$
  • Rubber band or spring 1$

  • Wood lever 2$
  • Hose clamps (mine were Ø5cm-17.5cm Ø1.97"-6.89") 5$

  • Wood glue 3$
  • Screw 2$

Step 2: Cut Your MDF Parts

As you can see on the picture, you need two parts for the left and right side, one part for the bottom and two parts for holding the drawers slides.

  • Refer to the picture to have the dimensions and with the ruler and pencil, draw the parts.
  • Now, with the Jigsaw you can cut the MDF.

Step 3: Attach the Mini Drill

  • In one of the 3.94" x 9.45" (10cm x 24cm) part, you have to drill 4 long holes to the hose clamps.
  • Put your mini drill on the MDF part and center it well. With your pencil, draw the holes and then drill them like on the picture. (I can't tell you the dimensions as it reports to your mini drill form)
  • Now that you have 4 holes in the MDF part, attach the mini drill with the hose clamps. Be sure that the hose clamps are flat on the reverse side.

Step 4: Time to Set the Parts Together !

  • Lay down the left and right side and align the back side (the other 3.94" x 9.45" part) correctly.
  • Once it's done, drill 4 holes for the screw (if you don't do that, the wood will break) and take a drawer slide for the spacing.
  • Now, put some wood glue, put the back part, the drawers slides and screw all together.

Step 5: Attach the Mini Drill to the Drawer Slides

It's the "hard" part.

  • You have to make 4 mark on the back of the mini drill part and to drill 4 small holes. You need those holes for the 4 mini screw to tie the drawer slides to the wood. Be sure to make a good alignment.
  • Once it's done, tight the 2 top screws.
  • Then, slide back and tight the 2 botom screws.

YATAA ! You have your mini drill press body and it slide well !

(Sorry for the yataa, i start again Heroes tv serie :D)

Step 6: Screw the Bottom Part

  • Now, take the bottom MDF part and align + center the body on a side with care. Draw lines with your pencil to mark the "feet".
  • Drill 4 holes in the bottom part where the feet are.
  • Use the tool (sorry, don't know his name) to hide the head of the screw in the wood.
  • Now, put some glue and screw the bottom part in the feet.

Step 7: Finishing Off

Now, you are altmost done.

To finish, we need 2 more additions: a lever and a mecanism to pull up the mini drill !

  • For the lever i used a wood stick like a spoon handle.
  • And to pull up the mini drill, waiting to receive some spring, i used some rubber bands from an old air chamber.

Here we go, now you have your nice & practical mini drill press DIY :)

Todo in the future list:

Add LED lights (i'm working on it)

Add a small vice to hold the PCB when drilling

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61 Discussions


2 years ago

ver Goodyear for dremell thanks


Reply 2 years ago

Glad to read that ! Thanks to you for your comment ;)


3 years ago

The unknow bit you used is called a countersink bit, By the way


Reply 3 years ago

To get more space to move the part which will be drilled


Reply 3 years ago

Hmm great idea, nice design! I will try it soon

Poppy Ann

3 years ago on Introduction

Hi Shoyun,

I am sorry to say just after this instructable came up one of our low cost shops (LIDL) had a special on of a aluminium drill press and as it was so cheap £20 I bought one and has been operating quite well except for the height adjustment lock system which striped and has been replaced with a stainless steel 5 mm hex head screw and nut which has been ok for the last 6 months I still yet have to try and fit two lasers to it but I still think this was a great instructable. regards Poppy Ann.

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Poppy AnnShoyun

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

Hi Again,

After receiving this comment it gave me a push in the laser line mod and I just ordered two laser line modules to give it a try on my drill so if it works out ok I will post it on here for others to use.

regards Poppy Ann.


4 years ago on Introduction

I wonder if its possible to add a laser pointer site to this. Most of the broken bits in my class occured when the bit missed the target and the person tried to ajust it. Of course, one would also have to narrow the beam of the laser pointer to accomidate the bit size for pcb

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Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

Hi !

For sure it's possible. You can buy a laser module (on ebay for example) and power it with a battery. For the position i think it would be better to put it on the left or right side, in a part which don't move, then you just have to calibrate.

Poppy AnnShoyun

Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

the problem with trying to fit a laser pointer is that it would need adjusting each time you tried to use it on different height materials, i think that if you used two of the lasers that give out a straight line and set them at 90 deg from each other would work ok even with different height materials.

mahela007Poppy Ann

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

could you explain in a little more detail how to mount the lasers ? I can't quite picture what you have explained

alcurbPoppy Ann

Reply 4 years ago

I imagine what you described with one line laser mounted under the drill and one mounted up high on the base or vertical structure pointing from the left or right side.

Poppy Annalcurb

Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

yes that is what i was thinking of then you always get the right center without moving the pointer every time you try to drill a different height.