Drill Press Table #2: Final Assembly

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Blog entry by SirFatty posted 07-15-2012 09:59 PM 5820 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now with the middle piece securely glued in place, it’s time to finish the project.

The middle MDF black glued in place from last night.

Next, four holes countersunk to accept the 1/4-20 BHCS that will hold the track in place.

View of the hardware installed from the top side.

The hold-down slipping inside the aluminum channel.

Both tracks installed.

Now to glue up the blanks for the left and right side. Since I only have so many clamps, I stacked the two sets together.

With both blanks dried, I glued them to the table.

While waiting for the glue to dry, I drilled a couple 1/4” holes through the extrusion that I will be using for the fence. The bolts are 1/4-20×3 1/2” carriage SS bolts.

Now I’m getting somewhere! The middle piece of MDF will not be glue in place, it’s removable/replaceable in case I goof up and drill into it.

The final step is to wrap some pine around it, mitered at the corners. The back is not continuous so I can remove the fence if needed.

And here’s the final product. It turned out exactly as I wanted and works exactly as I expected. And it was a lot of fun to put together.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 07-15-2012 10:54 PM

Looks good!
I thought about using an 80/20 piece for my drill press table fence the same way you are (though I’d be using a 1.5×1.5 piece), but noticed on their site the faces of the extrusions have a 2 degree inward angle where the t-slots are. Wouldn’t this affect accuracy on the press?

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#2 posted 07-16-2012 01:16 AM

No, it’s dead accurate with a machinist square.. I checked that before assembly, but you put some doubt in my mind. Checked again, it’s perfect.

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#3 posted 07-16-2012 04:24 AM


Simple and very elegant project!

I do have a question though. Diid you consider putting a smaller insert in the middle that I have seen on many other tables?

-- - Ajay

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#4 posted 07-16-2012 12:22 PM


The top layer of the middle section is removable so I can replace if needed.


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DeLayne Peck

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#5 posted 07-16-2012 05:03 PM

Thanks for this post. Lot of great ideas. Saw that your drill chuck was on the loose. How about adding a magnet?!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#6 posted 07-16-2012 05:24 PM

Hi DeLayne,

Great idea, that’s what I love about LJ’s! Thanks!

btw, I was born in Lincoln…


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