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Drill Press Table #1: Beginning Assembly

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Blog entry by SirFatty posted 768 days ago 1840 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now that I have a proper drill press, I can see the benefit of a drill press table.

I’ve decided to use some extruded aluminum (8020) and scrap 1/2” MDF for the project. I will laminate 3 sheets together to get the final dimension. Here’s what it will look like, minus the hardwood trim:

To get started, I cut a piece of 1/2” MDF that is the final size of the table. Then, carefully located the holes need to bolt the table to the drill press.

Once the holes were drilled out, I squared the top 3/16” to allow a carriage bolt to rest in it.

Once the four bolts are installed, then it was time to prepare the first layer glue-up. Since the bolt heads would interfere with the second piece, I had to drill out the space needed. I used a forstner bit to counter sink about 1/4”.

Here is the bottom board with the second laying upside down and next to the bolts.

Time for the first glue-up. The great thing about MDF is the flatness and the easy gluing.

That’s it for tonight…

-- Visit my blog at dave.spalla.com



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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 768 days ago

Looks interesting… why are you using that extruded aluminum?
... looks a little large for 1/2” top… (?)

Looking forward to next steps…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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SirFatty

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#2 posted 768 days ago

Hi Joe,

where I work, I have access to some of the 8020 aluminum that gets scrapped occasionally. It seems like the ideal for this project, but we’ll see. More info on 8020 is here. They bill themselves as the Industrial Erector Set.

-- Visit my blog at dave.spalla.com

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#3 posted 768 days ago

SirFatty:

Very good! That will save you a BUNDLE of $$$...
... I got some from them, on eBay, we much better than normal Retail!
... GOOD STUFF!

but, for on your DP table… unless you’re going to make it thicker, it seems like it would be too thiick for the table…(??)

I didn’t think they made it 3/4” thick…

EDIT:
Oh, I SEE (finally)... you’re gluing 3 pcs together for the complete table thickness! That will do it!
Very good! Sorry…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#4 posted 767 days ago

No worries!

The second part is up for your review!

Thanks for your feedback,

Dave

-- Visit my blog at dave.spalla.com

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