New, New TardisBuilders!
Started by Oor Wullie, Apr 06, 2022, 09:36 pm
Quote from: Oor Wullie on Aug 25, 2022, 04:16 amOk, another tool ordered. A drill guide. Since I'm setting up a woodshop to use beyond the TARDIS, I looked at getting a benchtop drill press. One limit to them is the size of the table determining the size of stock you can drill. My lamp assembly is 260mm diameter but many drill presses had less than 130 mm space between the center hole and the column to the back. The cheapest, good quality one was $320, a bit pricey.The challenge is to get a perfect vertical set of holes through the acrylic flanged cover dome, the round wooden top plate, the 45 mm base block and the roof center square so that the four threaded rods to hold the fresnel between these members is tight and straight.Online tips for hand-drilling a perfect vertical set of holes were iffy.Then I found this stainless steel drill guide, available in metric or imperial and having a row of .5 mm precision bit choices. $59 NZD. Also good for drilling corners or dowels as there is a V-slot on the bottom.Hoping this works well for my lamp assembly.Cheaper than a drill press and not limited to stock size or position.The tool is made by Big Gator in the USA.