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    Vee-blocks for drill press for round stock

    I need to drill some 1" or 1.5" OD pipe. To clamp it in place, I'm going to make some Vee-blocks out of wood using my table saw.

    Couple questions
    1) I assume I should cut the Vees perpendicular to the grain to resist splitting. Is that correct?
    2) Should I make both an upper and lower Vee block? Ie, make a sandwich out of the pipe: table->Vee-block->Pipe->Vee-block all clamped together? Or is it enough to clamp the pipe directly? I think we'll be using schedule 80 pvc pipe, so it's pretty tough, but it's not black iron pipe.

    Thanks!

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    I got this one at Harbor Freight. $9.99 (The 12 on the ruler is cm not inches, it's 5 inches long)

    See it here at: http://www.harborfreight.com/self-ce...jig-92046.html

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    For this task I cut a v-block as you describe and glue 150 grit sandpaper to the inner "V". This seems adequate to hold the round stock still for drilling if a divot has been established with an awl to keep the bit from wandering.
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    Just rip a 2X4 in half at 45, then reverse the halves and glue them to a plywood base.. Drop the pipe into the 'valley' and drill away.
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    thats the way

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    Thanks for the feedback, guys. Sandpaper is a great idea too, especially because these pipes are going to get really beat-up anyway. A little surface marring in the name of safe drilling is no problem at all!

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    Just another thought. Rip the 2x4 as Jim stated. Drill two holes in one, mount to a slotted base for T-bolt and nut. Now adjustable if needed for larger diameters. And of course, add the sandpaper. Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Horky View Post
    Just another thought. Rip the 2x4 as Jim stated. Drill two holes in one, mount to a slotted base for T-bolt and nut. Now adjustable if needed for larger diameters. And of course, add the sandpaper. Click image for larger version. 

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    Well I don't think with a 1 1/2 inch 2x4 this will be an issue....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garry Foster View Post
    Well I don't think with a 1 1/2 inch 2x4 this will be an issue....
    Right...The (non-adjustable) 2 X 4 "V" should handle most pipe.

    The "V" will be about 3" wide at its top, and that'll handle pipes/dowels 6" or more in diameter.

    Widening the gap between the halves will allow the pipe/dowel to touch the base before the "V", and that'll defeat its purpose.
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