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Jigs and Fixtures #1: 8" Drill Press Platform Fixture

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I made this fixture as part of the puttering around I did in the shop this weekend. It wish I had already had it built the other day when I made my shelf pin jig since it would have sped up that process considerably. Building the fixture was the thing that did go smoothly this weekend. My work on the closet shelf/cabinet could have gone more smoothly (I messed up pretty badly with the flush trim bit since I didn’t really have enough surface to support the router’s base). Alas, I digress…

The fixture base is 3/4” MDF. Dimensions are 24” x 12”. The edge is chamfered 1/8”. Two T-tracks were installed; each is 6 inches from the respective ends. The hold-downs as well as the cam locks for the fence ride in the tracks. The platform is attached to the press by way of T-bolts and knobs. The bolts ride in grooves routed in the underside of the fixture’s base. All the hardware is stuff I had on hand from a Rockler sale last summer. It’s been lying around waiting to be used.

Here are the pics of the fixture:
8 inch Drill Press Platform Fixture


Detail of fixture attached to the platform


Detail of the cam lock for the fence and the table hold-down


Another detail of the cam lock for the fence

Future enhancements will be a T-track in the fence to accommodate stop blocks and a hole in the base to install replaceable waste blocks for drill-throughs as well as sunken sanding drums.

Thanks for looking and as always constructive criticism/ideas is appreciated.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN



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oscorner

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#1 posted 2656 days ago

Looks like it turned out real good. Is there a reason you used plywood for your fence instead of MDF? I’m sorry to hear about your problems with the flush trim bit.

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WayneC

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#2 posted 2656 days ago

It came out very well. I’m sure you will get lots of use out of it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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dennis mitchell

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#3 posted 2656 days ago

Your jig construction is first class.

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mot

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#4 posted 2656 days ago

Looks like a very useful jig. Thanks for sharing.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Karson

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#5 posted 2656 days ago

I’ve seen others who have made a drill surface jig and they made a disposal block that fit under the drill bit so it could be replaced without having to replace the whole table surface.

It was probably a 4” X 4” block with half lap lips to sit into the table and there-by have a sacrificial drill area.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Jeff

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#6 posted 2656 days ago

Thanks for the kudos guys.

Os, I had already made the plywood fence as a temporary for my bandsaw until I got the Kreg fence installed. So, I just repurposed it for the drill press. You may be wondering why it looks so dirty on the face. Well, I had a little clamping mishap that I was unaware of until it was too late. My clamps slipped a little on the glue-up and pulled the face out of perpendicular alignment to the base. Since I don’t have a belt or disk sander, I took a pass on the tablesaw. That gave it a few burn marks. It’s square now though.

Karson, I agree. That sacrificial insert is definitely a planned task for the base. I unfortunately had to move on to other planned tasks yesterday. Thanks for the suggestion. I have to take another look at your comments on the pin jig about the measured stop blocks too. I think I had a question on that (I read it at work and didn’t have time to ask…)

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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woodspar

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#7 posted 2656 days ago

Jeff,

Looks like we have the same drill press. I made a table for mine, I should post it. It is a little different. One problem that I have is that this drill press has a crank and the crank hits the table. Do you have that problem, or did you figure out a better way?

-- John

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David

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#8 posted 2656 days ago

Jeff -

Very nice jig! Excellent use of T-track.

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Jeff

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#9 posted 2655 days ago

John,

Yes, mine has the crank too. I could have/should have moved the T-tracks out closer to the ends of the table and then cut a notch in the back of the table for the crank. Then, I thought to myself, why do this? Since the platform on the press has straight slots I just decided it would be fine to loosen it and move it forward to clear the crank. Works great. I position the height first and then square up the fence as necessary.

Post that table. I’d like to compare notes.

Thanks, David. That stuff is pretty cool. I got an email today that the kit a I had lying around for a year has gone on sale again. 50% off – 10.99 for 4 foot of track and several knobs at Rockler…

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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WayneC

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#10 posted 2655 days ago

I purchased a Rockler table and the first time I let the kids use it they popped the screws out of the tee tracks when clamping something down. How did you attach the tracks to the table? Anything special?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Jeff

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#11 posted 2655 days ago

Titebond II.

Since the track requires 1/2” of depth and I was setting them in a 3/4” board I couldn’t see tryiing to seat screws in the 1/4” left over. I put down a nice bead and used a brush to spread it to all three sides of the dado. I just made sure I didn’t get squeeze out above the top of the hole that already existed in the track.

Was yours double-thick? I guess I should ask if it was the mini table or the larger one.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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WayneC

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#12 posted 2655 days ago

Thanks. It is the larger table. It is in the background of this picture.

Messy Shop

I belive I will pull them out and glue them. That will probably fix the issue.

P.S. The shop is much cleaner now.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Jeff

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#13 posted 2655 days ago

Sounds good. Should work great with an even coat of glue. Is that a Kreg pockethole jig to the right?

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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WayneC

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#14 posted 2655 days ago

It is. I’m going to mount it on a smaller board. I set it up there before I got my bench. I used to use it on saw horses as a work surface.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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gizmodyne

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#15 posted 2655 days ago

Nice table Jeff… I will build one someday. Is there a trick to not getting the handles of the drill press hit the fence when you are drilling?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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