A drill stand for a hand drill sometimes called a drill press stand, is designed to hold a hand drill in position, ensuring the drilled holes are accurate and precise. The main advantage of a drill stand is to drill a series of uniform perpendicular holes in a workpiece. Using a drill in combination with a drill stand will help you achieve better results than using a drill handheld.
Follow this step-by-step tutorial to make a drill press stand for a hand drill. The construction is designed for cable drills. A drill is mounted on the drill stand and locked in the desired position in two ways to ensure that the drill is firmly held in place.
- Around the drill collar
- From the top of the drill
The drill press stand is universal and can be used with power drills of different sizes whose collar diameter is 43mm. It is designed for precise vertical drilling up to a depth of 22 cm. The drilled hole in the base of the stand enables drilling even below the level of the table.
The drill stand can be used separately or in combination with a drill press table. It is portable, and it can be easily clamped down to a table and used as a benchtop drill press stand. If used together with a heavier hand drill consider fixing the stand to a workbench to prevent tipping.
To get the most out of this DIY drill press jig use it together with a drill press table, a drill press fence, and a drill press vise. These add-ons make all repetitive tasks more efficient and will make your work much easier.
I built the stand during the weekend. All the necessary material is readily available in any hardware store. For the construction, I used birch plywood. Birch plywood is a high-quality material and its use will contribute to the quality of the final product.
This is not a beginner project and some woodworking experience is recommended. The most important part when making a drill stand is to make sure the spindle of the drill is perpendicular to the surface being drilled.
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Table of Contents
- The Material you will need
- General Questions
- How do you drill a straight hole without a drill press?
- Is a DIY Drill Stand worth it?
- How to make a Drill Press Stand for Hand Drill (Drill Stand)
- Step 1: Build the Stand
- Step 2: Attach the Stand to the Base
- Step 3: Make the Sliding System
- Step 4: Make a Holder for the Drill
- Step 5: Attach the Drill to the Stand
- Step 6: Attach a Handle
- How to set up and use a DIY Drill Stand
- Drill Press Stand Video
- Improvements and add-ons to the Drill Press Stand
- Woodworking Jigs Used for the Project
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What you'll need to make a Drill Stand
Material – Birch Plywood
Drill Stand Body
Base plate – 30cm x 21cm x 1,2cm
Stand – 29cm x 8cm x 2,4cm
Stand – 10,2cm x 8cm x 1,2cm
Stand – 2x – 20cm x 4cm x 1,2cm
Drill Stand Moving Part
Backplates – 2x – 13cm x 32cm x 1,2cm
Strips – 2x – 31cm x 1,5cm x 0,9cm
Strip – 31cm x 4cm x 0,9cm
Drawer Slides – 2,7cm x 32cm x 0,9cm
Drill Stand Drill Attachment
Sides – 2x – 14cm x 6cm x 1,2cm
Drill Collar attachment – 8cm x 11cm x 2,4cm
Top Attachment – 2x – 6cm x 1,5cm x 1,2cm
Top Attachment – 1x – 7cm x 1,5cm x 1,2cm
Drill Bits, Forstner bit – 20mm
M6 Bolts, M6 Washers, M6 T-nuts
Wood screws, Wood Glue
Sandpaper, Double-sided tape
Handle – 14 cm x 3cm
Epoxy, Rubber Tape
Cord Hand Drill – Bosch GSB 13RE
How do you drill a straight hole without a drill press?
If you don’t have a drill press or a drill stand for a drill, it might be difficult to drill a straight hole by hand using a drill. So how to keep a drill level? A simple drill guide will make this operation much easier. It is an easy drill jig that will help you make straight perpendicular holes without using a drill press.
It is easy and quick to make, can be used both horizontally and vertically, and can be used by hand or clamped down to a table. The moment the wood wears out, you can simply make a new one.
Is a DIY drill stand worth it?
Definitely yes. A drill mounted on a drill stand will turn your drill into a small drill press. It ensures the drilled holes are accurate, precise, and perpendicular. The biggest advantage of a drill stand is to help drill a series of uniform perpendicular holes in a workpiece. Drill stands are portable, allowing you to quickly drill multiple holes in many locations. This is especially beneficial if you work with large pieces of wood.
Also, drilling with a drill stand is faster and more accurate. Depending on the drill stand table or the drill press vise you can also drill at an angle. These add-ons can be adjusted with a gauge and locked in the desired position. It pays to have a portable drill stand in the workshop. Drilling will be easier and the price is much lower.
Let’s start building!
The stand is primarily designed for the Bosch GSB 13RE drill, although drills of different sizes will fit in. The entire build is made of Baltic Birch plywood. For the rails that enable going up and down with the drill press, I am using basic drawer slides. Although better quality drawer slides would pay off. They tend to be firmer and wobble less.
This homemade drill stand is designed for cord drills with a collar diameter of 43mm. I have tried several other drills with this stand from light to more robust, but I recommend using lighter and smaller drills. Otherwise, if the drill is too heavy the drill stand might tip over.
The stand can be used freely or it can be clamped down to a workbench/material drilled with hold-down clamps. The cut circle in the base stand allows the drill to go through and drill below the level of the table.
The drill is operated manually. There is no spring that would pull the drill back. This is an improvement that can be added to this build.
Drill Press Stand parameters:
- Drill with collar diameter of 43mm
- Drill depth up to 22cm
- Double attachment of the drill – around the collar and from the top of the drill
- Portable, mobile, quick setup
- Handle for stable drilling
To build the saw guide you will need a circular saw, a trim router, and a hand drill. You could also use a table saw. For the main cuts, I am using a Circular Saw Straight Edge Guide. To cut smaller pieces and for more delicate cuts I am using a jigsaw table.
How to make a Drill Press Stand for Hand Drill (Drill Stand)
Step 1: Build the Stand
Cut all the parts for the stand (Drill Stand Body). To cut all the parts I was mainly using a circular saw straight edge guide and a jigsaw table.
Get the stand piece – 29cm x 8cm x 2,4cm (or glue 2 pieces together as I did) and cut in 3 slots for attachment. To cut the slots I used a dado jig for a router. The individual slots are 10 cm apart and each has a length of 2 cm. The first slot is cut 4 cm from the bottom of the plywood piece.
Tape the bottom piece (10,2cm x 8cm x 1,2cm) to the base plate (30cm x 21cm x 1,2cm) and drill 4 holes with a 2mm drill bit (just to mark the position of the holes). Make sure the edges are parallel to each other so the stand is square to the base plate.
Drill 6mm holes in the bottom piece and glue it with the stand piece.
NOTE: It is important that all the pieces are perpendicular to each other. You can ensure this by using a machinist square.
Glue the other supporting pieces (20cm x 4cm x 1,2cm) to the stand and additionally fix the stand with screws. Since the stand holds the entire weight of the drill, don’t save on screws.
Step 2: Attach the Stand to the Base
Drill shallow 20mm holes with a Forstner bit and 7,5mm holes for M6 T-nuts in the bottom piece (in the marked predrilled holes). Insert T-nuts in the base plate and fix the drill stand to the base plate with M6 screws and washers. Make sure the t-nuts are flush with the surface of the base plate.
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Step 3: Make the Sliding System
Attach the sliding rails (drawer slides) with screws to one of the back plates (13cm x 32cm x 1,2cm). The edge of the sliding rails is 2cm away from the edge of the back plate. Use a marking gauge to make sure the rails are parallel to the edge of the plate. Make sure the screws do not interfere with the movement of the retractable part.
NOTE: It is important to attach the sliding rails in the right way. The pull-out part must ride upwards.
To fortify the entire moving part, add plywood strips around and in between the rails. Attach them to the back plate with glue and screws.
Insert 3 T-nuts along the centerline of the middle plywood strip. The position and the distance of the t-nuts correspond with the drilled slots on the stand piece. The t-nuts serve for attaching the entire sliding part to the stand. Make sure the t-nuts are flush with the surface.
Attach the second back plate using double-sided tape and screws.
Attach the sliding system to the stand with M6 bolts and washers. You might be having trouble finding the right length of the bolt. If so, cut the bolt to the desired length.
Step 4: Make a Holder for the Drill
The holder is designed for drills with a collar of 43mm. The drill is attached to the stand in two ways – around the collar, and from the top of the drill. Together, these two methods ensure the drill is tightly fixed in position, perpendicular to the base plate. The upper part is adjustable and can accommodate drills of different sizes.
1. Attachment around the drill collar
Cut a 43mm hole in the drill attachment piece using a router circle cutting jig. Try to make the hole as precise as possible.
Attach the holder to the sliding part with glue. Use a machinist square to make it perpendicular to the stand. The position of the holder should be at least a little longer than the length of the chuck and spindle up to the collar of the drill.
Cut 2 slots in the side attachment pieces. One slot goes through, the other slot serves as a rail for the upper attachment (the width of the slot is equal to the width of the upper attachment pieces). Use a router guide to cut precise slots.
Attach the side pieces to the sliding part with glue and secure both the holder and the side pieces with screws
2. Attachment from the top of the drill
Drill 2 6mm holes in the upper side attachment pieces (6cm x 1,5cm x 1,2cm) and carve a hexagon to fit in a nut. Sink the nuts in a fix them with epoxy.
Glue and screw all the pieces together and reinforce the corners with plywood supports.
Step 5: Attach the Drill to the Stand
Insert the drill into the drill stand. If the drill wobbles after being inserted into the lower holder you can add electrical tape around the drill’s collar.
Add a foam stripe into the bed of the upper attachment and slide the attachment into the cut slots.
Adjust the drill as needed so that it is perpendicular to the bottom plate and fix the upper attachment with bolts.
Step 6: Attach a Handle
Add a handle to the side of the stand for better handling and work with the drill press stand.
Turn your drill into a homemade drill press stand and take advantage of all its benefits. This is one of the must-have jigs for your drill. It is definitely one of the top 3 woodworking jigs I am using daily for my projects.
How to set up and use a DIY Drill Stand
Provided steps below describe how to set up and how to use a DIY Drill Stand. Take all safety precautions. Keep in mind to use the right drill bit for the job. Every material requires a different type of drill bit.
How to set up the Drill Stand
- Place the drills stand on the workbench
- Secure the stand with clamps
- Mount the drill in the socket
- Secure the drill from the top
- Mount the drill bit
- Take all safety precautions
- Now the drill stand is ready for use
How to use the Drill Stand
- Place the drill stand on the workbench or the workpiece
- Secure the stand and the workpiece in position
- Mount the drill bit
- Adjust the stand or the workpiece where you will drill the hole
- Hold the drill with one hand and secure the stand with the other using a handle
- Make sure nothing is obstructing the drill hone, both above and below the workpiece
- Drill a hole
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Improvements and addons to the Drill Press Stand
1. Drill Press Handle (Wheel)
A handle or a hand wheel is an important part of a drill press. It allows to control and measure how much feed is given in a workpiece. In a combination with a spring, the handle will return to its original upper position.
When moving the handle down the spring develops resistance making it easy to drill precise and accurate holes. With this utility, you will be able to repeatedly drill the same deep holes into the workpiece.
2. Drill Press Table with T-slots
A drill press table enlarges the work surface of a drill stand and makes it easier to work with the workpiece. Using a drill press table improves the accuracy and precision of drill holes. The table should be solid and strong enough to withstand heavier loads with an option to attach the table to the drill press’s table (usually with bolts) or to the workbench (usually with clamps).
However, you will achieve the best results, if the drill press table is equipped with t-slots that support the use of other suitable utilities. These are especially t-track clamps/hold-down clamps, a t-track fence, a stopper, or a drill press vise.
3. T-track Fence - Drill Press Fence
A drill press fence slides along t-slots on the drill press table in all possible directions and thus allows you to set the workpiece in any position. The fence should be square to the drill press table and should be equipped with built-in stoppers that will allow you to make exact repetitive precise holes. However, a stopper does not fix the workpiece in place, for this purpose it is better to use track clamps.
4. T-track Clamps – Hold Down Clamps
T-track clamps (hold down clamps) hold the workpiece in position while drilling. They can be fixed on the drill press table as well as on the drill press fence. While drilling hands should not get close to the drill bit and having multiple options for fixing the workpiece will not only ensure the quality of the drill hole but will significantly contribute to ensuring work safety.
There are many track clamps on the market. In case you are making DIY t-slots, you should make sure you will be able to mount both shop-made track clamps as well as any DIY track clamps.
5. Drill Press Vise
A drill press vise is a device that holds and secures the workpiece tightly between its jaws making sure the piece won’t move when the drill bit is pressed into it. The vise is attached to the drill press table either with bolts and screws or with hold-down clamps. Using a vise ensures better work safety.
When using a drill press vise for woodworking purposes it is recommended to use a vise that is equipped with wooden jaws. Wooden jaws are more gentle on the workpiece and will not stain the piece with grease, as is the case with metal jaws.