I cannot take full credit for this, as this is an upgrade I’ve made to my old drill press table with an idea I’ve seen on Woodscrap’s workshop page.
My original table was just 3/4” birch plywood, which was too thin, and when I installed the t-tracks in it, the slot I routed left the plywood useless as there wasnt enough material left to keep it sturdy, and not enough material for the screws to hold into. The new table is 3/4” birch ply laminated with hardboard on both sides. this gives it extra thickness, also makes the surface a bit smoother, and by clearing out an insert area under the drill quill, I can make replacement inserts fairly simple since the thickness is that of the hardboard (no need to guess here).
I also (and this was an idea I got from Woodscraps’ workshop page) made a permanent 90 degree table – these makes it possible for me to drill in the edge of pieces without having to tilt the table. I’ve also made the table offset to the left – leaving me enough clearance to the table up/down crank handle (previous one was centered, and I was banging my hand repeatedly when adjusting the table)
You an also see in these pictures the Jacobs Keyless Chuck I got for the drill press when I bought it – this thing is Priceless!
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