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Offline Mario Turcot

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Press Drill Low Profile Fence
« on: October 18, 2018, 08:03 AM »
I was playing with my Nova Voyager  [drooling] drill press last night, making a bunch of repetitive holes. I had 32 boards where I need to make a 6mm (1/4") hole in each corners. The center holes have to be at 10mm from both edges. I setup my fence and realized that the chuck was going to hit the fence.

(Picture is for reference only)

So I need a low profile fence to fit on that drill press table (temp). Here is what I came up with and I thought some of you guys would like to comment and/or suggest enhancement.



The slots let the fence travel back and forth and side ways using two simple T-track bolts. I'm planning to cut it on the CNC tonight. I will be using 15mm BB. Let me know what you think  [wink]

P.S. The dark rectangle is a fictive piece of wood  [tongue]
« Last Edit: October 18, 2018, 08:08 AM by Mario Turcot »
Mario

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Offline Bohdan

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Re: Press Drill Low Profile Fence
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2018, 08:17 AM »
Using your existing high fence put a piece of thick board as a packer under the job to lift it so that your chuck clears the fence.

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Press Drill Low Profile Fence
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2018, 08:20 AM »
If you can't lower the chuck, raise the workpiece by putting one or two small pieces of plywood under the workpiece. 
- Willy -

 "Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of wood higher up." - Brigham Young

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Press Drill Low Profile Fence
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2018, 08:42 AM »
Thanks to both of you for your suggestion.

I did not thought of raising the board and it would have worked just fine. The reason I came with the idea of a low profile fence is based on the woodpecker drill press fence. It comes with a l shape fence and a track bar fence. To me the track bar fence act as a low profile fence.

Willy, the problem is about the length of the bit. The 6mm bit I have is shorter then the fence, so raising the table do not solve the problem. But yes adding small pieces under my work will work.

Again I did not thought of your suggestion and it would have worked just fine. However for future work I want something stable and I believe a low profile fence is the way to go for my application.

Thanks again.
Mario

Offline rst

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Re: Press Drill Low Profile Fence
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2018, 08:57 AM »
I keep various thickness cut offs near my press for this very purpose.