I actually really like the idea of making homemade rigs for tools. However dangerous, the purpose of them is to make for cheap. How much did it cost for materials? (Without the cost of the drill.)
Without the drill and the press, I only used a 1" long piece of 1/2" PVC (drilled out with a 5/8" bit), CPVC, part of a pen, part of the laser tube from a NF, 2 metal pins, hot glue. However, that list does not include that parts/materials I used to refurbish the press.
I will post pictures at the top of the page that show how I got the CPVC to lock into the chuck, as the OD of the CPVC is too large to fit in it directly.
I'm gonna go ahead and say I'm really impressed. How much did it cost you? It seems like there would be a simpler solution to a few of the problems. For instance, for a trigger lock, you can do similar to what jig saws do and have a pin run through the depressed trigger. Instead of a cordless drill, a corded one will be more reliable.
I'm not quite sure why it's vertical, but I do like it a lot.
Thank you very much for the compliments.
Cost: I found the "drill press" in my garage. My dad bought it back in the 80's apparently. It is basically just a drill press that has a clamp for the drill so that you can switch out drills. Seeing as it was sitting in my garage for about 30 years, I had to spend a little while dusting the whole thing off, lubricating the knobs and levers, and adding in a spring so that the drill stayed up by default.
The trigger lock solution: Excellent idea, however, I first want to be sure that the trigger is just a hollow piece of plastic before I drill through it.
Corded Drill: The drill installed in the press is
in fact a corded one.
Thanks for all the tips.