|Drill Press Fence
In the past, I used to just clamp a
board to my drill press table whenever I needed a fence. But trying to position
the fence was awkward. So I came up with a fence design that is easier to use
and incorporates a stop block.
One end of the fence is attached to a
plywood base with a carriage bolt and a threaded knob. This allows you to swing
the fence in or out. The free end of the fence is then secured to
the base with a small clamp, see drawing.
The fence is made out of two pieces
of 1½"-thick stock. But before gluing them together, I cut a groove and
a rabbet along one edge of each piece, see detail a. This creates a
slot for the stop block and toilet bolt when the two halves of the fence are
The base is just a piece of ¾"-thick plywood that is mounted
to the drill press table with carriage bolts, see detail b.
The stop block
has a tongue that rides in the slot on the fence. To create the tongue, rabbets
are cut along the top and bottom edges of the block. (To be safe, you'll want
to start with an extra long blank.) Then a hole is drilled through the block to
allow for a toilet bolt, washer, and wing nut.
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