I need to drill 1,200 holes through 2x6 lumber sideways (5.5") and
thought I would get a drill press to do it. Unfortunately, I haven't
found a drill press that would accomodate a drill bit long enough for
this work and then travel the nearly 6" I need to bore the hole in 1
Does anyone know of a tool that might get this job done?
You could spend a zillion bucks on an industrial drill press that would
have the stroke you want.
You could buy a lathe, chuck the drill bit in the lathe and rig a feed
table to move the wood into the bit.
Or, if this is a one time job, I'd just rig up a fixture to allow me to do
it with a hand drill.
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A friend of mine helped me drill several stacks of 2x4 lumber last summer.
We drilled 5 pieces at a time, the skinny way. His drill press is an ancient
thing inherited from his dad, but still, there has to be one out there
that'll do the job.
Given the use, why do you need to drill in one pass? Set up a 12" drill
press with a fence on the table. The DP must have a stroke of at least 1/2
of the 2 x 6. The fence is set to center the board on edge. Drill one side,
flip over and drill the other side right through. You should easily be able
to get within 1/32" on any given hole. You may want to take a few seconds
to be sure you mark the opposite side. The holes near the end are simple as
you can set a stop on the fence to accomplish a dead on repeatable location.
As you go the length of the 2 x 6 it would be more difficult, but not
impossible if you made up a table affair with stops.
Sounds lie a nifty project. Be sure to post some pictures on
Speaking of abpw, if you go there you will see a couple of drill press
tables posted about a week or two ago that show fences and stops.
Sure it is. Once jigged up it becomes a very boring and tedious job
but there is noting difficult about it. Trust me, spent 10 years
running a commercial drill press and 1200 holes in steel was nothing.
Very boring but nothing.
For what you are doing all you need to do is it make a jig to hold the board
and you could feed the board to the bit rather than the opposite as long as
the jig did not allow the board to turn it would be safe and pretty simple a
drill press that will do 6 1/2 is available go to McMastercarr.com just
costs a couple of grand a used tool place may have a one for less. You
could even take a regular high speed drill with a long bit build a jig and
feed the board into it not that difficult to do really. Once the jig is set
as has been discussed just a mater of repetition.
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