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Auxiliary Small Parts Holder

By: Erich Lage
This jig adds maximum flexibility to safely drilling small parts at the drill press.

WS220 009f01 When I made an auxiliary table for my drill press, I had no idea where to locate the T-tracks. I looked at some commercially available units and mimicked the T-track placement that they had used. This works just fine for about 80% of the drilling operations I perform. But when I need to drill holes in small pieces, like in the photo above, my T-tracks were too far apart to allow my hold-downs to reach the workpiece. To solve this problem, I made this small parts holder. w220 009a01 This parts holder is easy and inexpensive to build. The only hardware required is a short section of T-track and a couple of threaded knobs and flange bolts. The base is just a piece of plywood with a hardboard cap glued on top. After gluing the pieces together and cutting the base to size, cut a groove to fit your T-track and screw it in place. I simply transfer my existing hold-down clamps from my drill press table to the auxiliary parts holder when needed. w220 009a01 d01

Published: Feb. 27, 2020
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