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Work(shop) in Progress #5: Drill Press Table

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 03-17-2009 04:08 PM 10517 reads 16 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.



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lew

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#1 posted 03-17-2009 05:09 PM

Nice Table!

Really like the vertical component and the hold down system.

Had the same knuckle buster problem with my table until I saw a post here on LJ’s on how to make a handle extender. Fixed me up.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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ellen35

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#2 posted 03-17-2009 05:14 PM

Nice touch Sharon!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Mujo

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#3 posted 03-18-2009 12:20 AM

Cool !
Over head rooter. or Milling cutter.

-- Mujo , Tokyo JAPAN , http://kailasa.blog99.fc2.com/

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PurpLev

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#4 posted 03-18-2009 04:06 PM

Thanks for the comments.

lew – the hold down jig was just something I threw together for a specific project, and is kinda flimsy – but thanks for the warm words (I really should take it apart and make a better/universal one instead). I didnt think about a handle extension for the table crank handle, but I’m very satisfied with my solution, so no need to change it.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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sIKE

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#5 posted 04-01-2009 03:59 AM

Looks great Purple Lev! I have wanted a full size DP for quite a while and this doesn’t help! :)

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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PurpLev

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#6 posted 04-01-2009 04:42 AM

sIKE- no it doesn’t ;o)

BUT – you can make a similar table for a benchtop DP as well…

I sometimes wish I had a benchtop model…lol , this one takes a lot of room, and has a lot of wasted space under the table most of the time.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Dusty56

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#7 posted 05-20-2009 01:10 AM

I like your table design and features . I’ve seen so many different ideas as far as making one of these , but I can’t decide which way to build one of my own yet . What do you secure your stock with in the 90 degree position , just regular clamps , or do you have t-tracks out of site in the picture ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 05-20-2009 01:15 AM

Good drill press table looks like it does a good job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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PurpLev

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#9 posted 05-20-2009 03:50 AM

Dusty – thanks.

for the vertical platform of the table – I will add another T-track and the fence will eventually be mitered downwards to follow that platform to have a more stable reference guide. It was late, and I was getting lazy… so for now I do just clamp it with regular clamps and butt it against the horizontal fence – it works well, and I don’t bore vertical that often that I’m inclined to complete the missing T-track at the moment, so it’s on the back burner- but thats the general idea. if youre ever in the eastern MA area, you can drop by, I can give you a few sheets of masonite for table/jig tops/surfaces.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Dusty56

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#10 posted 05-21-2009 12:35 AM

Thank you for the feedback . I was just out in Tewksbury and Salem,NH last weekend.(two hour drive from my place on the Pike and up 495 , etc..) I went to the Rockler store in Salem…WOW what a great store AND no MA taxes to pay !! The Danvers Rockler has closed its doors , so I would have to go to Cambridge instead , which I was warned against doing due to the traffic , etc.. Salem is less than a half hour drive to my friends’ house in Tewksbury.
Rockler had a bunch of in-store only specials last weekend , plus I had a 15% off coupon with me .Let’s just say that the trip was worthwhile : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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PurpLev

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#11 posted 05-21-2009 05:17 AM

and you didn’t stop by to pick me up?!?

I like the Cambridge store- ALL the guys working there are top notch friendly and helpfull – always! period! I live 2 blocks from ‘another’ woodworking store, but if I have a choice – I’d drive into cambridge with traffic and parking just because I know I’ll get good service and advice there should I need it. but might be different for you. glad you had a good trip. def. the NH no taxes is a nice cherry on top.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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moonls

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#12 posted 08-29-2010 07:50 PM

I think I have the same model drill press so I’m saving your great table plan to try ASAP! Thanks.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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jaredw

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#13 posted 11-03-2011 02:22 AM

I just got the same Drill Press from my Grandpa!!!!

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