Drill Press Table #4: Fencing it in!

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Blog entry by Jon3 posted 06-10-2009 03:55 PM 1720 reads 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided I wanted a permanent solid fence for the table, with adjustable stop blocks. I decided to to put on a laminate surface there too, since I still had plenty.

I doubled up some more 3/4” MDF, for the fence, and the base, as well as some support blocks to keep that fence a perfect 90 degrees to the table, and to resist any flexing.

First I glued on some more laminate, and doubled up the MDF.

I then prepared the back section and the support blocks. I’ve actually pre-drilled the holes for the T-track hold downs.

I got in the groove, and as usual, forgot to take enough photos. Once I had the pieces all dried out, I routed out another T-track channel in the face of the fence to control the stop blocks. Just a 5/16th straight bit followed by a T-Track bit. Then I glued and clamped up the 2 pieces together. Once I had good adhesion, I took the fence to the drill press table, and fitted it, then I traced out just enough room so that the drill press lever can swing down and tap the fence, which I outlined on the fence.

Some quick work with the bandsaw and the oscillating spindle sander, and I gave my drill press lever free reign!

At this point, the table is already quite usable, but I’m going to create a few stop blocks so that I can make nice repeatable cuts.

Ran out of star knobs for the T bolts, so its off to Rockler for me.


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#1 posted 06-10-2009 06:06 PM

great over haul

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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#2 posted 06-10-2009 06:34 PM

Nice project! I really like it!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 06-10-2009 06:39 PM

what do you do on your drill press that you need this ?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 06-10-2009 06:43 PM


I like to drill clean, accurate holes. The size of the table provides me better stock support, and allows me to shim the table perfectly perpendicular to the drill bit. The hold downs keep my fingers away from a sharp surface, and provide a more stable hold on the work. The fence and the stop blocks ensure that I can drill the same hole repeatedly in the exact same position on multiple pieces without introducing error.

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#5 posted 06-11-2009 01:04 AM

Jon, this turned out to be a well-designed addition to your drill press. I have something very similar to this in mind for mine when I get around to it. This series has certainly been an inspiration to get started.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 06-11-2009 02:48 AM

Great job. I really like this one. Thanks for the series.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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