DP question

I've got a little Ryobi bench top DP that does a great job on the little stuff I do. Today, I needed to bore some very straight 3 inch deep holes in the end of a 1x6x18. With the bit in, I just had 12 inches of clearance between the bit end and the base, so I ended up using the handheld. I got it close enough, but not perfect. Was there any other way to attack this short of unbolting the column from the base and rigging a temporary column extension? I actually thought about doing that but for two flippin' holes? No way.
Larry
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" snipped-for-privacy@teranews.com" wrote:

Rotate the drill head 180 degrees so that it sticks out over the edge of the bench.
Lew
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On Wed, 15 Jul 2009 19:53:25 -0500, " snipped-for-privacy@teranews.com"

assuming the ends of the 1x6 are square and a long drill bit (6-8" long) is available, I believe I'd use the DP to drill holes at the desired location in the end of a short section of 1x6 ( 2 to 3 inches long?). Then clamp the short section of 1x6 end to end with the longer piece and use it as a drill guide to locate and align the holes in the long piece. A couple of pieces of scrap running the long way on either side of the 1x6 will give a place to apply clamps as well keep the short piece aligned with the long piece.
Not a very robust drill jig since the holes in the short piece will rapidly be enlarged/elongated and useable for drilling only a very limited number of holes in the long piece. But I've done similar for very short production runs with good success.
Tom Veatch Wichita, KS USA
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You get an A, Tom. That's exactly what I'll do the next time.
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I did what Lew suggested when I had to do that. The problem is, when you do that you've got no table now to get you square with the drill bit, so I ended up using a square and clamps and a mickey mouse setup to do it, and I ended up just like you; close enough, but not perfect.
Dan
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Can't you turn the table 90 degrees so it's vertical?
Luigi
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