For several years, I have had a small bench top drill press. I made a table for it out of 3/4 inch plywood. It worked OK, but just wasn’t as good as could have been. When I upgraded to my current drill press, I transplanted the table and sold the other press to a friend.
Since I am building a rolling stand for the drill press, I decided to upgrade the table also. I chose the plan from Shop Notes Issue #94.Features of this table include the following:
- large work surface (15×28 inches)
- two “T” tracks used to attach a fence and/or clamps, hold downs and/or jigs. The track is the Rockler universal style which accepts 1/4 and 5/16 inch flange bolts.
- four slots cut through the table which allow the use of common bar clamps.
- custom dust collection box.
- fence with “T” track which is useful to set up stops for repeat drilling operations. (future project coming soon)
- custom inserts – I still have to make them for drilling or when the the drill press is used for sanding operations. Inserts can be easily replaced.
So, here it is.
All sorts of clamps and hold downs can be used with this table. In this picture, I have a Kreg Klamp in one track and a Rockler hold down in the other. Two quick release bar clamps hold down the front of the sample piece of 3/4 plywood.
In this picture, I have a custom piece made to connect my Shop Vac to the dust collection box. I got a good fit by slicing the pvc and then reshaping it it with a heat gun.
Note: The plan called for a small drawer in the box under the table, but I decided to skip it. I blocked off part of the interior just ahead of the insert opening. I might cut an opening later but I doubt it.
As a bonus, the added height of the dust collection provided just enough room for the crank handle to clear without having to cut part of the table away.
And here is how I did it! :-)
The plan calls for laminating two pieces of 3/4 inch Baltic Birch but I can only buy it in full sheets…and that is expensive. I suppose I could have used regular plywood, but I recently bought a 5×5 piece of 1/2 inch BB, so I made my table out of two pieces of the 1/2 inch glued together.
Lots of clamps and some drywall screws.
To make the slots, I drilled holes on each end of the slot with a 1 1/4 inch forstner bit.
Then I cut out the waste with a jig saw and I used my router jig to route the area between the holes. They are kinda smooth but not perfect.
I made a pattern for the filler pieces, then cut out four identical pieces.
I installed “T” nuts and bolted the bottom of the DC box to the drill press metal table.
Per plan, I made filler pieces to fill in the area under the metal table so it will be easier to clamp to.
Dust Collection fitting test fit.
Final dry fit of all pieces.
Preparing to cut the opening for the insert.
-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas