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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 1488 days ago 8549 reads 22 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The drill press is a terrific tool in the woodworking shop especially when it has a drill press table that conveniently clamps the work, provides a fence for repeatable and accurate cuts, and also offers a safer working environment. The drill press was originally set up for metal working and most tables that come with the drill press are small metal tables. As a result, the metal tables can be rather awkward for use in the woodworking shop.

A better solution for the woodworker is to buy or make a woodworking drill press table. It’s a great woodworking project that will turn the drill press into one the great woodworking tools for your shop. If you buy one of these tables you are typically looking at paying at least $100. However, you can make your own drill press table and you can be working with it easily within a few hours. Also, you can customize it to your liking. Perhaps you would like to add a dust collector port, maybe a drawer for storing bits, or maybe due to shop size you will prefer a certain size table that you can customize for your drill press.

The material for the drill press table that is shown in the video is made from 3/4” thick shelving with a plastic laminate surface. The material came from one of the big box hardware stores, however the 2’ x 8’ shelving was damaged on a corner and sold as $.50 culled material.

The hardware that was added makes all the difference in the world. T-Track, T-bolts, hold downs, and knobs are what you see with this table. These supplies were purchased from an online woodworking supplier.

If you have grown accustomed to working with a small metal drill press table, you will likely find this table very handy to work with and very convenient as well. The addition of an adjustable fence is a huge plus and the hold downs work very securely. (Drilling out mortises are a snap.) Moreover, the adjustable stop blocks offer repeatability as well as accuracy. When you decide to switch over to the new drill press table you will find that your work also flows much smoother. You are likely to experience much more control and also feel a greater sense of confidence when working on various woodworking crafts. Let me know how your drill press table works out for you.

More detailed information about the drill press table can be found at A Woodworking Drill Press Table.

For more on woodworking tool accessories…check out the Miter Sled.

visit…www.TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman

....................Learn more, Experience more!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com



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Dennisgrosen

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#1 posted 1488 days ago

you are right it is easeyer to control it
not that I can see the vidio yet (my end I think)
but the vidioclip where you share the mittersledgebuilding is great thank´s

Dennis

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 1488 days ago

Great video… as usual… :)

-- 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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Camper

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#3 posted 1488 days ago

Pro!! :) to say the least…enjoyed it very much

-- Tampa-FL

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jcwalleye

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#4 posted 1488 days ago

Very nice video. The editing and soundtrack made for interesting viewing. And you got the whole thing built in 8:43. I’m bookmarking this page.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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EEngineer

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#5 posted 1488 days ago

Another excellent video!

Just one more addition I’d make – two ruler tapes on the outsides of the tracks. I broke down and bought a drill press table from HF on sale. It came with the rulers and I’ve found them incredibly useful.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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Bob Simmons

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#6 posted 1487 days ago

Dennis…Hope that you get to see the DP video. Glad you found the miter sled video of value. Yep, the dp table makes it much easier to control the work. Safer too.

Joe…my friend…this one is for you!

Camper…Thank you for your support! Greatly appreciated.

Joe…8:43…believe me…this is the condensed version. Keep watching…there’s more in the pipeline.

EE…Excellent point…that would be a welcome addition. Also, a track on top with a flip-stop could work nicely too. Thanks for the contribution.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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Dennisgrosen

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#7 posted 1487 days ago

yubii now it came thrugh :—))

not that I´m into powertools , want to do and learn the oldschool
but there is a few poowertools there is on my list and the drillpress is one of them
and I thank you for showing how easy it is to make such a table
but I havn´t yet discovered where I can get T-tracks in this country ,
sad but the truth is I don´t think we have them here

ceep let the vidio´s come , there is so many ways things can bee done
so every little twist is a help to a newbie like me to learn woodworking

best thoughts
Dennis

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Will Stokes

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#8 posted 1486 days ago

Great video! :-) I agree wholeheartedly, having a nice drill press table was a huge step forward for me.

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Bob Simmons

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#9 posted 1486 days ago

Dennis…Thank you for your thoughts! If you cannot get T-tracks in your country, do not let that stop you. Make them out of wood. Look online to find the profile of the T-track. 3/8” x 3/4”. Make a U shape bottom…Glue on the overhanging tops…then use regular hex bolts if you cannot find T-bolts.

Will…Thanks for the acknowledgement! I agree. The table allows for a better experience at the drill press.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 1486 days ago

Bob, that’s a good way to make wooden T-Track…

... my first thought was a router bit…

... I like your method better than my thiought… :) :)

Thank you for thinking right! :)

edit:
And, you could mount metal strips if wood doesn’t turn you on… :)

-- 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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Bob Simmons

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#11 posted 1486 days ago

Joe…You got a great idea with the use of router bits. You could take a straight bit to create a channel and get rid of the waste. Then use a wider bit to enlarge the lower channel in width, but keeping the top channel as is. Probably best to use a hardwood such as maple to resist the pull of the bolts tho.

And you’re right…metal strips on top could work very well. “Necessity is the Mother of Invention.”

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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Dennisgrosen

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#12 posted 1486 days ago

I think you can buy a router bit like that,
I think they called key-bits or something like that
but a straight bit and the flat one you makes a groove with wuold do the trick

anyway I like the idea of making it out of wood, but I allso like the blue colour…...LOL

Dennis

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Ken90712

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#13 posted 1484 days ago

Nice Video, to much talking though! LOL thx for the post.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Bob Simmons

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#14 posted 1484 days ago

Dennis…There is T-track that also comes in an attractive red! However, blue is my favorite.

Ken…Thanks very much! Every time I want to say something important the camera and sound crew go on break.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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