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DIY Woodworking: Shop-Made Drill Press Table Plans

This is a shop fixture that’s worth getting started on immediately. Stationary drill presses are definitely not set up for DIY woodworking. The cast round table below the chuck isn’t woodworker friendly or even metalworking friendly. Once you build this fixture you’ll love its adjustable fence for drilling equally centered holes and the stop block that…

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Extra Long Drill Bits for Deep Holes

Long drill bits reach where ‘regular’ drill bits just can’t. Aircraft drill bits are long drill bits originally designed for use in the aircraft industry where they often need to drill holes reaching through deep cavities, and then through thin materials. I find them invaluable in my shop for drilling holes in tight spaces, and…

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Workaround: Large Bit, Small Hole

I was working on a project that required a 1-7/8″ forstner bit, and the only size close to this that I had was a 2″ bit. Unfortunately this was not close enough, so I needed a solution, and no stores were open. I decided that the best approach would be to use my router with…

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Delta 18″ Drill Press

For many years drill presses have been made for metal working, more so than wood working. Delta’s new 18″ drill press is designed with the wood shop in mind. The table is big (14″ x 20″), which you’re gonna appreciate the next time you need to get a large project on the delta drill press.…

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Setting Up a Mortiser

I remember, distinctly, the first time I used my mortiser. It was SO cool to be able to punch a square hole into a piece of wood, I had to run into the house and drag my wife back out to the shop to see it. OK, making a square hole wasn’t so hard, but…

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