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How can I use my cordless drill on this old drill stand? Answered

I got this at a garage sale but my Ryobi cordless drill does not fit properly into the holder/slot, it takes an old sears craftsman drill. Any ideas on how I can get it to work? Thanks.


the u-shaped bracket (the wire thing with nuts at the bottom) is used to clamp the drill into place. The nose end goes through the hole. the clamp was meant to hold the drill on the back side of the drill handle, with the handle pointed out towards the front.. I've had limited success with newer drills, due to the changes in drill physical profile, but it can be done. I think I used a piece of scrap wood to make up for the changed profile, so the clamp could do it's job. Even so, it was a bit "wobbly" and I eventually bought a small drill press when I had more money to invest.

It was desperation. And it did the job it needed to. It just wasn't ideal.


1 year ago

I would not use a cordless drill for this. Instead go down to harbor Freight and buy a cheap corded drill specifically to use with this. A drill with a cord has more power but less portability which is what would work for this. They cost less than $30.

The usual construction of cordless drill, is kind of like a clam shell,


i.e. an exoskeleton consisting of two pieces, and these two pieces are held together by a plurality of screws.

One way to add some holes you can stick bolts through, is to simply drill out some, or all, of the screw holes, and then place bolts, or bolt stock with nuts on each end, through those holes.

These bolts have diameter about the same size as the screws they replace, so these small-diameter "bolts", might be called, thought of, sold as, "machine screws". In the past, I have used #6-by-32-tpi, which is a size of machine screw that is about the right size, and easy to find in hardware stores where I live.

The result tends to look ugly and unnatural, much the same way Frankenstein's neck looks ugly and unnatural, with bolts sticking out the sides.

However the bolts sticking out of one side, or both, give you a way to make a sturdy mechanical connection to other things.

This is a trick I have used once or twice before to bolt an old cordless drill, to a wooden board, or stand, usually.

Somewhere around here I have some pictures of this mojo, and could probably up these pics upon request.

I forgot to mention, this might not be a nice thing to do to your new, pretty, cordless drill, but rather to an old, but still good, cordless drill, with missing battery, that you bought for cheap from a thrift store, or from your junk collection.

One of my assumptions here is that cordless drills with missing battery, can be found for very low prices, and that wiring a new DC supply, battery or otherwise, to the old drill, is something easy for you to do.

I mean this trick of connecting a new DC supply, it is something easy for me, but it probably is not easy for everyone. If it were, I would probably not be able to find cordless-drill-without-battery being sold at worthless-junk prices.


1 year ago

Shorten the wire loop comes to mind.

And because you are quiet long timer...

Use that epoxy that you hand roll and fit a cellophaned drill into a strategically placement it will adapt overnight..

It is foretold..... Eventually you will buy a drill press !

You could make a 3D printed part which would be an adapter between the stand and the drill.

Kind of like a large funnel with the inside fitting the ryobi and the outside popping into the stand.