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Workshop Cabinets and Helpers #1: Drill Press Table

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Blog entry by AnthonyC posted 1497 days ago 1989 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just playing around with Sketchup and mocked up the drill press table I desperately need to build. MDF and Kreg T-track. Might add a dust port and hardwood border later.

Sketchup Drill Press Table

-- Amateur woodworker, professional mess-maker.



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1497 days ago

Looks good

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#2 posted 1497 days ago

nice. thanks for the reminder that I need to revamp my table. I saw on one of the shopnotes that they incorporated the dust control into the replaceable center block – I’ll need to put it all into sketchup to see how best to utilize my current design and additional features I want …. this will be my 3rd DP table… quite amazing how this simple least used tool in the shop get so much attention from me.lol

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AnthonyC

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#3 posted 1497 days ago

I need to cut a bunch of plugs for my hardwood floor rehab project coming up (red oak plugged with walnut—a few plugs came our or are damaged)—which is why this is such a priority.

The design is pretty specific to my Craftsman 1HP drill press. It has a semi-proprietary T slot on the metal deck for fixtures. I finally found some T nuts (big ones) that fit with 1/2” bolts. It will be a pain to line them all up, but since I drill 90%+ for woodworking, I imagine this fixture will stay up there almost all the time.

Hoping to build it this weekend out of scraps. Will post pics when I’m done.

-- Amateur woodworker, professional mess-maker.

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#4 posted 1497 days ago

Good design, I would definatly add a dust port

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#5 posted 1497 days ago

An alternative is to make the insert round rather than rectangular, so you can get a fresh surface by turning it a few degrees. I use 1/4” hardboard for my inserts, which I cut using a HF wing cutter. Also, I used the Incra T track that also provides a ruler – http://www.woodpeck.com/scaletrack.html

-- Greg D.

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Sarit

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#6 posted 1497 days ago

Your thick fence is gonna eat up some valuable throat depth.
You can make the table deeper and cut a notch in the back of both it and the fence to allow space for the post. That should give you almost full depth.

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Rick

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#7 posted 1497 days ago

Anthony:

Welcome to Lumber Jocks. I posted my Drill Press Table quite a while ago that might be of some help to you. There is also a Part 2 Posting that I believe corrects what GregD has correctly brought to your attention.

My Table Discards all the preconceived “Ideas” of what and how a Drill Press Table should look and Function. Mainly because the point at which the Drill is located, I referred to as “0” Point. Everthing else can Pivot around that point. Therefore a lot of “This Must run Parrallel with this. Metal Tracks are Needed, etc.” was discarded. As you will read it was a “Design as you Proceed” build.

HEY! One of my Favourite Expresssions is “Sacred Cows Make The Best Hamburgers.” ...LOL…

It turned out to be a “Multi Function” Drill Press Table, which is what I was aiming for. It’s stood the test of time and I’m very happy with it.

I also used a VERY Sophisticated Program during the “Design Build” Process …an HB Pencil WITH an Eraser, an Old Wooden 12” Ruler, and the Back of an 8×10 Piece of Paper that had something else on the Other Side….LOL.. ;-}

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/29446

Hope this is of some use to you.

Rick

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