I have recently purchased a Ryobi 10" Drill Press and I realize some of you
don't like their products but it fit my budget but I still like some advice.
I was wondering it anyone knows of a place to purchase a fence for it or
where plans to make one might be available. I have a couple of ideas
including using MDF to make one what do you think?
Watch for the bounce.
If ya didn't see it, ya didn't feel it.
IMHO your best bet is to build one. You might as well build an oversized
table while you are at it. Do a Google Image search for drill press tables
and fences and you will find lots of examples. That is what I did before I
built my expandable table and fence. I'll post pics over at abpw, if you
MDF would probably be fine, but I'll second the advice to build a
larger table. I built mine out of a couple thicknesses of melamine-
coated particleboard, with replaceable center inserts so I can toss
them when they get drilled up. I find the larger table very helpful.
I made a nice fence with cam levers for the t-tracks also, but I find
that I use a simple board clamped to the table more often - just
something to keep your workpiece aligned and to keep it from
spinning. I often leave one end of the board clamped as a pivot, and
just move the other end as needed. Sorry - it's really not as
complicated as it sounds. If you don't want to build one, or if time
is more important than money, there are a few commercial ones
available - one inexpensive option is from MLCS:
Not familiar with the unit in question, but in general, the drill
available all seem to be designed for metal work - table small with
lots of ways to afix a part to the table. Start by making a bigger,
bolt on table. If you include two paralell "T-Tracks" in the table,
can attach things to it easily - like a fence for example. Skip the
MDF fence idea and head for a hardware store. Buy a 2 foot piece
of aluminim L stock. Drill a hole in the long leg of the L to lock
end down to the T-Track. With the L fence 90s to the T-Track,
mark where it is over the other T-Track. Drill a hole on either
side of that point and file out the waste between them. What you
are doing is making a pivoting fence that can be locked down once
you've got it where you need it. Lee Valley, Rockler etc. sell all
You don't need a tall fence on a drill press, just something you
can register a part against for drilling at a specific point. A
tall fence will get in the way when you're drilling close to the
fence, especially with a small, short bit.
Have fun with the new toy - er - tool.
| I have recently purchased a Ryobi 10" Drill Press and I realize
| some of you don't like their products but it fit my budget but I
| still like some advice. I was wondering it anyone knows of a place
| to purchase a fence for it or where plans to make one might be
| available. I have a couple of ideas including using MDF to make one
| what do you think?
I have a small benchtop Ryobi DP and built a quick and dirty table and
fence for it. The fence is a 2' length of fir 2x4 that can be used
either horizontally or vertically.
Link to photos below.
DeSoto, Iowa USA
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