I needed to use my portable drill as a temporary, poor-man’s lathe, but its irregular shape made it difficult to clamp down.

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I needed to use my portable drill as a temporary, poor-man's lathe, but its irregular shape made it difficult to clamp down. So I made the custom tool holder as shown.

Start by making a scrapwood base to raise the tool above bench height. Next, wrap the tool in kitchen plastic wrap to protect it temporarily. Place a generous blob of auto-body filler (such as Bondo, 3M.com, 888-364-3577) on the base, and press the tool into the body filler, taking care to not block controls and ventilation holes. While the filler is still pliable, level or adjust the tool position as needed.

After the filler hardens, remove the tool and discard the plastic wrap. And finally, secure the tool to the stand with pipe strap. You can use this method for other odd-shape tools, such as a belt- or random-orbit sander.
—Tod Jervey, Powell, Ohio