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Australian Woodsmith 19th August 2020
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Drill Press Angle Support

When drilling angled holes, I used to just prop up the workpiece with scrap wood on the drill press table and eyeball the angle until it looked right. Then I was building a complicated coat rack with multiple pegs, and I realised I had a problem.

To improve the accuracy and consistency of my holes, I made this adjustable angle support which has proven useful for many projects. The two pieces are hinged together and held at a fixed angle by a crossbar. The crossbar has dowels on the underside that fit in holes in the base (illustration below). The support can be designed for a single angle, but I made mine adjustable for the most common angles I drill: 5°, 10° and 15°.

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