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post #1 of 5 Old 09-03-2017, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Drilling or Boring a perfectly perpendicular hole

I got a piece of 3X3 that I drilled into the center and I needed 4" deep. On another piece of 2X2, I did the same thing, and then took a 10" long piece of 5/16 steel rod and epoxied one end into the 2X2. The 3X3 piece acts as a temporary base so that I can insert the steel rod attached to the other piece into it when I'm not using it as a spike for in the ground or the sand at a beach somewhere. Trouble is that it seems impossible to get them perpendicalr so it doesn't have a crooked lean to it. I've been making these outdoor wine or beer caddy things and it's annoying to me when it looks crooked. Just spiked into the ground is fine but let's say your not sitting out somewhere on the ground and you just want to use this thing on your deck or patio ? Here's a couple pictures so you know what I mean.
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You do not say whether or not you have a drill press. If you do, use it to drill a perpendicular hole in a 3" piece of the same size stock as your object. Then clamp this piece to the object piece and drill your hole.

Alternately, using your level, put the object piece in a vise and align it vertical. I have a drilll with a level on the top. This would align the drill in one plane. For the other plane, clamp a straight piece of wood to the side of the object piece.

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You pretty well need a drill press if you want consistent accuracy, flip the table to vertical position and clamp the part to it. If you have a bench top model you may have to swing the head a quarter turn so it hangs over the edge of the stand or bench to drill longer parts.

For holes less than 1/2" in diameter even a smaller model should work for you.

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I place my 8" drill press on the bench, clamp down the base then clamp the pieces I need holes in the ends to the side of the bench apron.. works like a charm..

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everyone thinks vertical, try horizontal

Using a portable electric drill lay it flat on the bench with a long drill or rod in the chuck. See what thickness block it would take under it to make the rod parallel with the bench top, then tape it on the body of the drill. Now you always have a hole that is parallel to the bench top.

Next lay your work on the bench top and space it so that the hole is where you want it. Then drill your hole making certain to keep the work parallel with the drill or the edge of the bench. One axis will be true, the other axis you'll have to eyeball.

Another approach is to make a jig with an angle block that rides the sides of the work and is parallel to them. Tape your drill on the inside of the angle block so the drill is where you want it.... in the center. Now slide the jig along the work so it drills the hole parallel to both sides.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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