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Keoman34

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Hi all, I am making the Super Mack 4 Truck Fleet and am currently making the Lowboy Trailer. I am concerned about drilling the rear axles accurately. The trailer bed is too big to fit under my drill press. Any suggestions for doing this?
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I agree with the question. I’ve been pushing it off. I thought maybe for the trailer I might go with axle pegs??
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I've seen a couple of simple jigs, made from a block of wood, to guide a hand-held drill and ensure a vertical drill. The thought just occurred to me that you could drill a suitable sized hole in a scrap piece of hardwood and clamp that to the trailer bed as a drill guide. Once the hole is started, it should be easier to keep the drill vertical.
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Thank you for your thoughts, I have drilled partial holes to take axle pegs. To ensure true horizontal I taped a small spirit level to the top of my drill and just kept the bubble in the middle. All appears to be square anyway. I'll post some pics when completed. I have found perfect axles for our toys. In the uk we have ice lollies with round sticks they average approx 6mm (1/4") in diameter x 19mm (7 3/4") in length.
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I only have an 8” drill press and ran into an issue of not being able to fit the Foodie Truck under my drill press. I’m not sure if this is the same issue your having, I made a little base to clamp onto my drill press table so I can fit larger item to drill under it, it’s not pretty but it works. Hope thie pics help?

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Keoman34

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Chad thanks for your input and pics, what an excellent idea. I sometimes think we forget how versatile our machines and tools are.
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I just downloaded the plan. Its going on my list of things to make.
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I to have the same problem. Having failed twice to align the holes in the for the tail gate, I have resorted to making it in three pieces and using pins to hold it together. This also means that I can have two short pins to attach it to the main trailer bed. (Sorry about the colour of the wood I only use recycled timber and I still need to remove the old varnish).

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Instead of drilling through the bed I intend to rout a 10mm slot in a block of wood and fit it under the bed for the axle to run in. If you do not have a router table you could do the same with multiple cuts from a table saw.
I appreciate this will raise the bed, so I will need to reduce the height of the upright section (Piece 6) and may need to modify the mud guards, but I do not find this a problem as I usually have to change the designs slightly to accommodate the wood I have.

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I am also building these trucks and ran into the same problem. I like ddiluccio idea. I can see that working for a whole host of projects. He just saved me $400.00 yah!
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Chad-

I sure like your drilling jig, I think I'll make me one.

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