Our grandfathers were resourceful folk. Lets say you have an old Ford rusting about the farm, and you need a drill press? Never fear, these plans will carry you to your goal.
Driven by means of a 1/4 hp electric motor, this homemade drill press, built mostly from old auto parts and a few items obtainable from your local hardware store, is sturdy, accurate, and smooth in operation.
How is this possible? A cut-off portion of a axle housing is mounted to a brake drum, which, in turn, is bolted to the bench top. The spindle bearing is a small grinder head and is clamped to the housing by means of two lengths of angle iron and a connecting-rod bearing cap.