Drill Press Table "Almost Done"

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Blog entry by UnionLabel posted 03-08-2010 09:46 PM 1742 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this project about 12 weeks ago. I had read alot of pro’s and con’s regarding a drill press table, and finally decided I wanted one. I have a 16 Speed Tradesman floor stand drill press. It has a 12 X 12 rectangular table, but it is strictly a machinists type table. I wanted something larger for wood working purposes and also something that was wood friendly.

So here is what I decided to build. I built the base out of MDF. The reason being, I am going to test it out for a while and see if I like the layout. If not I will modify it till I have what I want, then I will make the final unit out of plywood. For right now though, I think MDF will work just fine.

I looked at a lot of commercial units, and I just could not justify spending the money for something I would probably want to change anyway.

First assembly, than on the drill press.

I purchased everything on sale, either from or my Woodcraft store This entire project cost about $65.00 in materials. Buying the material on sale helped keep the cost down. Once glued and screwed, I will show pictures of the backside of the fence.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#1 posted 03-08-2010 10:51 PM

that looks really nice. from the research i did a couple weeks ago, it looks like you’ve got all the key features you’d need.

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#2 posted 03-08-2010 11:02 PM

It looks great and nicely done too. You might benefit with a replaceable insert.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 03-08-2010 11:38 PM

Yea, I want to incorporate that in there also, but haven’t decided how to do it yet.

Thanks HokieMojo, I’ll show the backside tomorrow.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#4 posted 03-09-2010 12:27 AM

Nice table


-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#5 posted 03-09-2010 01:07 AM

I really like the flip stop and the hold downs. I know those items aren’t cheap. I may try a shop built flip stop first but I really like the Kreg model. I believe the track is a good investment rather than putting a routered groove in the MDF. I have one on my to do list and will probably make it out of MDF. The reason being MDF is dimensionlly stable, especially if you seal it with shellac or even BLO. Wax is good after the seal. I would also like to put a shelf underneath for drill bits and what not, but now it’s starting to sound like work.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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#6 posted 03-09-2010 01:36 AM

davidroberts, Try these guys, I love them. They are reasonable, freindly and dependable.
I use them for all my jig building needs.
P.S. Thanks for the comments.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#7 posted 03-09-2010 03:02 AM

FWIW is somehow related to Peachtree Woodworking. I have never used them for T track as all of mine came from Rockler, but I have gotten a LOT of my Dust collection stuff from them. Good company, good people….

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