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My Cobbling Together of a Drill Press Table

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Blog entry by David Grimes posted 10-03-2011 12:48 AM 2718 reads 2 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

Thanks for the visit !

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia



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Tomcat1066

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#1 posted 10-03-2011 12:58 AM

Looks good so far. I can’t wait to see the finished table.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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Don W

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#2 posted 10-03-2011 01:18 AM

So did you do what I did (i have that same drill)? I wrap my knuckles raising and lowering the table now.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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David Grimes

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#3 posted 10-03-2011 03:12 AM

@Don W, Since mine doesn’t interfere with my knuckles on the rack crank or the table clamp , I guess I did not do what you did. ;=)

I looked for your project or blog just now to see your drill press, but can’t find it.

I did visit your web blog… jeez at all the planes ! All very nice, but I see now that you’re terminal. No turning back. ;=)

I had to shun the urges to go into more (other than the SB’s) planes and saws and drills and chisels and hand turn bench grinders and pole lathes, etc. etc. etc. Not enough time. Someday maybe, just not these days.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#4 posted 10-03-2011 03:39 AM

I got a little more done this afternoon:

The side oak trim could go on now, so I did that…

The drawer box and runners all together. The drawer front is not made yet.
I do have a blum full extension soft close drawer in my shop, but this is not going to be that. This IS a wood shop, you know. ;=)

I made this very old school reliable but cheap bottom drawer panel under runner. It’s very smooth and won’t cant left or right hardly at all.

The side and bottom face trim is on. Time to build the drawer front…

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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ajosephg

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#5 posted 10-03-2011 04:16 AM

Keep in mind (before you fill the drawers with heavy stuff) all that weight must be cranked up and down every time you adjust the table height. ;)

-- Joe

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#6 posted 10-03-2011 05:31 AM

Good point, Joe. I’ve already noticed (as I take it off and then put it back on that it’s gained a pound or three). I don’t have, don’t want and won’t be putting a pile of random bits in there. I have a “junk” box for that stuff that will be yard sale bait some day. ;=)

Really, just the three Irwin sets in their cases, the PC forstner set, and the circle cutter bit.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#7 posted 10-03-2011 10:42 AM

Drawer front cut, routed and attached.

Brad holes filled with Timbermate, ready for sanding and finishing.

That’s it for awhile. Gotta go to work in 4 hours.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#8 posted 10-03-2011 03:59 PM

David, I never posted mine. Its as simple as you can get. I just clamp the fence at the right distance. Someday I’ll make a better fence I suppose.

But notice how close the table is to the crank. I have to be careful raising or lowering the fence to my knuckles get skinned.

I also may put some storage under it, but just haven’t gotten that far yet. I had wheels on mine and took them off. I found it to be a bit tipsy with them.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#9 posted 10-05-2011 01:18 PM

I got a little of the finishing done yesterday.

Black gel paint on the sides and front…

... and stain with three coats of poly on the drawer.

Finally received the sheet of phenolic over Baltic birch that I will use just a bit of to make the fence for this table, then the rest is for the next project (table and fence for the bandsaw). I believe I am going to be a big fan of both the Baltic birch and the phenolic coating. I like the look and feel of this stuff !

I’ve got the router set up and ready to route the channels for the t-slot tracks into the top this evening.

Until then…

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#10 posted 10-06-2011 07:52 AM

I’m getting a little closer every day. I need to make the fence and something for the top storage slot.

The oak trim and the pine drawer front are nearly an exact match. I get lucky sometimes.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Tomcat1066

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#11 posted 10-06-2011 11:41 AM

Looking good. Way to nice looking for shop equipment ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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mafe

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#12 posted 10-06-2011 12:35 PM

So sweet.
I would add a replaceable center in the table top.
My table is not at all as nice as yours, but you can see a vac mount and a replaceable center here.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/35059
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 10-06-2011 01:24 PM

man…..I thought mine looked bad enough before, now…....

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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lilredweldingrod

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#14 posted 10-06-2011 02:59 PM

@Don, You know what you are doing this weekend. lol Pictures on Monday. lol

@David, That is one beautiful drill press table. You have out done yourself! BUT I think you will find you can use a larger area top. I cussed the HF DP table for the whole time I had it because it was just too small. I made mine 16” deep and 33” wide and found I needed more depth, so I added a 7” shelf in the back. Now I have a new work bench. lol And I must say I like the way you cobble.

Also I have made all my router table fences usable on my bandsaw and drill press. With the lack of storage room, it eliminates having several duplicate fences. I have four fences that work on all my tools.

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Don W

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#15 posted 10-06-2011 03:08 PM

actually Rand, saturday is my anniversary so I “have” to take my wife antiquing. We’re out of town for the weekend, so I’ll probably have to buy some old crusty hand plane to pretend I’m enjoying myself. Yep, pictures on monday ;-}

David, I never paint wood, ever!! Your projects are starting to make me rethink my philosophy.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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