I now have a floor model drill press in my home shop. I just added wheels, so now it still looks naked… only taller. It is time for a table and some storage.
I believe I have viewed every drill press table project on Lumberjocks and have gleaned several ideas that I will incorporate into this one. Quite a bit to look at with all shapes and sizes. I decided on a top dimension of 19” wide by 13” deep (when assembled).
I’m waiting on a few items necessary to complete this project (track, dowel rod, phenolic, knobs), but now is a good time to show the beginnings.
The top itself is a glue lamination of 3/4” MDF over 3/4” Advantech. The MDF was stained with Olympic Wood Stain Deep Ebony oil-based stain (two coats). BTW, this particular ebony is a very dark brown, not black. Some of the others available are black, yet they are all called ebony. The stain was followed up with the application of three coats of brush-on Zinsser gloss polyurethane. It’s quite hard already and will be really easy to freshen up as needed over the years.
I next assembled a lower storage frame from 3/4” birch and decided to make it angled just a tad/smidgeon just because. My goal here it to give me HANDY storage for the drill bits, the spade bits, the Speed Bore bits, and the forstner bits. I will need to retain access to the table clamp, so the upper shelf (for now) had to be at decreased depth. We’ll see how well all that goes later.
Next, I ripped a 1/2” by 6” piece of oak into 1 3/4” wide strips, then rounded over one edge at the router table, sanded, stained with minwax Provincial, then two coats of the Zinsser gloss poly brushed on.
I can’t put them on yet (track not installed), but I did go ahead and cut / miter the oak strip for the table edge trim. It is now ready for installation.
That’s it for today. I’ll be adding the creature features as soon as the mail runs.
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-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia