Drill press table

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 1565 days ago 3865 reads 28 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really don’t know why most drill presses come with those little round tables. A few years ago I found a design for a great drill press table with a proper sliding fence. It’s really easy to make, and you really need one. If you want to make this design even simpler, leave out the replacible inserts feature.


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#1 posted 1565 days ago

This is a nice video, Steve. Your table design looks pretty straightt-forward and does the job. I agree with you completely about the table that comes with the tool. I just don’t understand why they are so small. For woodworking purposes this is really an annoyance.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 1564 days ago

I agree with on the small tables
but the drill´s are acturly developed for
when you drill hole´s in iron
and were you use the metalvice with
the drillpresstable


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#3 posted 1564 days ago

One question for you.

How long have you been using this, and if you’ve used it for a while, have you had any problems with the 1/4” ply pulling up from the base when clamping the fence down? If you haven’t had this long, do you suspect that may become an issue?

-- San Diego, CA

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#4 posted 1564 days ago

As mentioned, the drill press is designed for machining metals. I don’t know what the ratio is, but I have to imagine that there are a lot more woodworkers than machinists. However, it’s a lot easier for a woodworker to adapt a small metal table for woodworking, as you’ve done, than for a machinist to adapt a large wooden table for machining. In fact, you can’t really adapt a wooden table for machining because of the much tighter tolerances demanded in metal working, wood is not stable enough. So rather than putting a large cast iron table on the drill press, which adds more weight than warranted, they stick with small metal tables and let us make our own or buy one of the aftermarket attachments.

-- Failure is the road to success if you learn to learn from your mistakes - Vince, Greenville, SC

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#5 posted 1564 days ago

I built the exact same table for my 12” drill press and used it for 8 years. Only difference I can see is that I made a couple of dado’s and mounted T-Tracks in for the fence bolts to slide in. In fact I just sold the drill press and table after I upgraded to a 17” floor drill press that came with a woodworking table.

-- Dave from "The Sawdust Shed"

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#6 posted 1564 days ago

Great idea. Good job on the video.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 1564 days ago

Thanks Steve! Informitive and entertaining as always.

This just gave me an idea as a DP table is next on the list. I have one of the T slot cutters for my router. My idea is to add a T slot track to the top of the fence for attaching stop blocks, ...

Great job!


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#8 posted 1564 days ago

Now I gotta build a new drill press table!!!

You have a lot of good ideas Steve.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#9 posted 1564 days ago

cool, i like the way you beveled the edges of the insert to keep it in place, good idea

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#10 posted 1563 days ago

nice simple table, i wish i saw this vid before i made my table. mine is made from a plan by shopnotes i think, but it’s pretty elaborate it did come out nice though but it’s so big i don’t even use it. when i make more space in my shop i’ll start to use it.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#11 posted 1563 days ago

Thanks for the video Steve. I’m gonna make one of these for my benchtop drill press.

-- Glen

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#12 posted 1563 days ago


-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 1557 days ago

Great vid! Keep ‘em coming!

-- christopheralan

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#14 posted 574 days ago

Simple and easy to make .. like you say you gotta have one.

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#15 posted 452 days ago

And I’ll be building this one soon too. Great table Steve. As soon as I set up the dado blades to build the boxes, I’ll knock this one off too.
John in Hadley

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