Build Your Own Drill Press for Free: A DIY Solution for Woodworking Projects

Video how to turn a drill into a drill press

Are you tired of not being able to complete your woodworking projects due to the lack of a proper drill press? Building advanced woodworking projects that require a drill press can be challenging without the right tools. Purchasing a drill press can be expensive, especially if you don’t plan on using it frequently. But what if there was a way to build your own drill press without actually needing a drill press?

In this article, we will guide you through a simple DIY solution that will allow you to build your own drill press using inexpensive materials. With this homemade drill press, you’ll have the freedom to tackle any woodworking project with ease.

Build Your Own Drill Press for Free: A DIY Solution for Woodworking Projects

The DIY Solution: A Unique Design

Drill Press

Unlike many homemade drill presses, this design doesn’t require you to already own a drill press. You can start building it from scratch using basic tools and materials. The highlight of this DIY drill press is that it can be taken apart and used as a regular drill whenever needed. This flexibility is achieved by using a (hammer) drill as the power source.

The design also offers excellent control over the drilling process. Unlike store-bought drill presses, you can precisely apply the right amount of pressure, making delicate work much easier to achieve. Additionally, the column used in this drill press doesn’t need to be thick, thanks to the clever design that minimizes the load on the column.

Advantages of the DIY Drill Press

  • Compatibility: This drill press is compatible with forstner drill bits and other heavy-duty drill bits that require extra force during drilling. Most homemade drill presses lack the necessary strength for such tasks.

  • Adjustable Design: The technical specifications of this drill press can be easily modified to fit your specific needs. It has a drilling capacity of 15.5″ (40cm) and weighs just 7kg (15lbs), making it lightweight and portable.

  • Space-Saving: The compact design of this drill press allows for easy storage. If needed, you can even shorten it with a hacksaw to fit conveniently under a desk.

Drill Press Design

How to Build Your Own Drill Press

To build your own drill press, you’ll need some basic materials and tools, including a drill and a table leg. Most of the necessary parts can be sourced inexpensively or even for free. Once you have all the materials, you can follow the step-by-step instructions provided in the video guide linked at the end of this article.

Remember, this DIY solution is not only cost-effective but also customizable. You can add extra features like a big table for jigs and accessories to enhance its functionality. The possibilities are endless!


Q: Do I need a drill press to build this drill press?
A: No, you do not need a drill press to build this homemade drill press. The design allows you to use a regular drill as the power source.

Q: Is it difficult to control the pressure when using this drill press?
A: With this DIY drill press, you have excellent control over the pressure applied during drilling. This makes it ideal for delicate work.

Q: Can I use heavy-duty drill bits with this drill press?
A: Yes, this homemade drill press is designed to handle heavy-duty drill bits like forstner bits, providing the necessary force for drilling.


Building your own drill press is a cost-effective and practical solution for woodworking enthusiasts who are on a budget or don’t require a professional-grade drill press. With this DIY drill press, you’ll have the ability to complete advanced woodworking projects with precision and ease.

For a detailed video guide on how to build this drill press, click here. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay updated on more homemade tool projects, tool hacks, and other exciting DIY projects. Take your woodworking skills to the next level with the freedom to build your own drill press!

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