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Blog entry by TheMrWoody posted 01-23-2016 05:49 PM 1174 reads 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the years I’ve turned my floor standing drill press into a productive tool that uses space efficiently and makes it more versatile. I started with the table top which doesn’t help most woodworking if you just use the standard metal platform that comes with the drill press. The add-on provides a broader surface, a replaceable wood insert for backing the drilling, an adjustable fence, the storage drawer and a dust collection system. For even more dust collection, I added a semi-rigid collection hose to the top. The slots and the hold down track provide flexible clamping options.

For greater precision, I added the laser line-up for sighting in the drill location. The add-on LED light provides excellent visibility without taking up a lot of space and 360 degree lighting. The keyless chuck provides a very easy way to change bits with just your hands.

The base cabinet was added to better use the space. The drawers stow tools for the drill press and other accessories in the shop. The cabinet and the drill press are both mobile.



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levan

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#1 posted 01-23-2016 05:57 PM

Looks like a really sweet setup.
thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 01-24-2016 12:55 AM

That’s a whole bunch of add-on’s. I’m going to save this for ideas when I get my drill press next week. Thank you.

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#3 posted 01-24-2016 07:42 AM

It looks like you’ve taken a floor standing drill press and turned it into a benchtop drill press.

That’s not meant to be a snarky comment. I have a bench top drill press that I use all the time. I thought one of the advantages to having a floor model was to have more distance between the drill bit and the table when desired.

I know there has been many times when I wished I had more space between.

I do like the keyless chuck. That looks handy…...................

-- mike...............

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TheMrWoody

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#4 posted 01-24-2016 07:11 PM

Almost… The cabinet below the drill press is still mobile. While infrequent, I do have to move it for some work items that are tall. But more frequently, I have to move the drill press (and the cabinet) to make room for pieces that are wide and hit into the band saw. Everything in my shop is on wheels to accommodate just about anything.

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#5 posted 01-24-2016 07:59 PM

I see we have similar taste. :-)

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TheMrWoody

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#6 posted 01-24-2016 08:44 PM



I see we have similar taste. :-)

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/88393

- MT_Stringer


Cool!

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TheMrWoody

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#7 posted 01-24-2016 08:47 PM


I see we have similar taste. :-)

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/88393

- MT_Stringer


Cool!

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#8 posted 01-24-2016 09:40 PM

Got it.
Wish I had that floor…..............

-- mike...............

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#9 posted 01-24-2016 10:11 PM

I love it, I have seen this done before and have seriously considered it myself. This may just put enough impetus on me to finally do it. I also like the wheeled truck under(assumed attached to) your press. Could you provide some detail on it. Is it similar to other trucks in your shop, ”Everything in my shop is on wheels…”.

Thanks for posting, fit and finish look fantastic.

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TheMrWoody

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#10 posted 01-24-2016 10:37 PM

The flooring was another great add-on. It comes in a huge roll about 10’ wide.

The wheels under the drill press are attached with large 5/16” screws. I got the wheel assembly from Rockler (http://bit.ly/1PMAgho) and it can be adjusted to any tool dimensions. The single foot lever at the front makes it easy to lift, move and then lower again. A drill press isn’t something you usually find to be mobile, but I made the base a bit wider and deeper than necessary to give it a better platform. It works flawlessly.

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