Drill press table and fence #2: Poor man's T-track (and hey, I'm all done!)

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Blog entry by Jimmy0x52 posted 02-23-2012 03:27 AM 8665 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I learned a few things building this drill press table and fence. I learned you need clearance for the handle to turn it up and down, how tight the knobs can be (I had to sand quite a bit off each point) and how difficult it can be working on a drill press without a table to clamp to or a fence to make repeatable holes.

My poor man’s T-track is perfect for my 5/16th bolts. I took a 3/4” piece of plywood, routed a dado in it the width and height of the head of the bolt, and glued a 1/2” piece of plywood over top. When dry, I routed a slot the width of the threaded part of the bolt right down the center of the dado in the 1/2” plywood. Viola! Poor man’s T-track.

A couple tips on the t-track:

- Be careful in the glueup and use as little as possible close to the track. If you get any in the track and it’s already tight, that glue is near impossible to remove
- Make the track a little wider for the head than you think because of point 1

I’ll likely not use the fence much as my press is pretty shallow but it’ll be nice to make some repeatable cuts. Really the table with the track in it will be the most useful thing as I get some holddowns and use it to put guides in.

So, attached are images. Questions? Shoot!

-- Jimmy, Austin, TX - Software developer by day, woodworker by night

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#1 posted 02-23-2012 04:01 AM

Did you leave enough room for the crank to raise & lower the table?

I like how you created your T-Track!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 02-23-2012 03:12 PM

I did leave room for that – but with the fence fully back that little slot is covered. I’ll have to get it to the right height and then move the fence back.

-- Jimmy, Austin, TX - Software developer by day, woodworker by night

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#3 posted 02-23-2012 03:34 PM

Jimmy, I made the T-tracks for the drill press table the same way, except I use hardboard on top of two layers of fiberboard. I wax the dado in the base (tape the edges before waxing) then glue up the hardboard. The glue does not stick to it. You can rout the dado a little deeper that the bolt head, so you have a little play.
On my drill press a took one of the handles off. No more interference with the fence. You could rotate the table lift crank around the post if you need to. Toilet bolts are perfect for T-tracks.

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