A journey into the workshop. #42: Lighting, and a broken drill press table.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 01-28-2010 05:29 PM 1538 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I get to scooting stuff around my shop, and the drill press has to move. Now it’s been a couple of hot to cold, dry to humid weeks (typical of winter here in coastal Texas), and I haven’t given my DP much of a look see…. But it was in the way of where the ladder had to go. Now mind you, I didn’t pick it up by the table, but rather by the column, and moved it. When I set it down, and walked past, I brushed the table with my leg, and discovered it was loose. Upon closer inspection, I found the MDF surrounding the thread inserts on the table had pretty much melted away from them… So now, I get to make a new DP table. That’s fine, this Grizzly has been functional, but somewhat annoying since day one. I now know why the guy that sold me this thing sold it, and why it was so cheap…

So I go fishing through my cutoffs, and what do you know, I have a stack of 12” x 24” 3/4” birch ply cutoffs… Things are looking up! I happen to have a 4×4 section of hardboard that I will need to cut to size, but I am good there, and I have plenty of red oak in my cutoffs that is long enough I can edge this thing…

One thing about the Grizzly design that the prior owner warned me about, and I noticed, is that the knobs for the fence hold down are in the way of the elevation handles. I measured, and the outside edge of the T track is 5.5” in from each side. I have never liked that. My plan is to on the new one, place it 2” from each edge.

In order to accomodate the T track, and the through bolt for the fence, since I do not have a T slot cutting bit, I will need to make the fence a lamination. I don’t need a full 1.5” though, and I have LOTS of 1/4”ply laying around. The fence will end up a lamination of 3/4” and 1/4” birch ply, and 3/16” tempered hardboard on the face. I am not sure, but I don’t think I am going to bother edging the fence… But it is a possibility. I need the practice…

Well, with the drill press, and the smoker, and of course the wheel barrow temporarily out of the way (I REALLY need a storage shed!), I was able to get up to the ceiling, and take some measurements and mark them off. I have decided I am going to run the lights at the front wall 45” from the wall (to accommodate the attic ladder) the central row at 10’ and the rear row at 4’. So the new marks were made, and the hole cut for the old work box in the ceiling. The box was installed, and the outlet and cover plate were put in as placeholders. I discovered QUICKLY that I need some of those foam gaskets . Even with all the insulation in the attic, there is still a cool breeze that blows from the hole that I need to stop, or at least slow down to the best of my ability…

With this, and everything else LOML has scheduled for me, this looks to be a very busy weekend…

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#1 posted 01-29-2010 04:54 AM

Well, I am not going to make another blog entry about this little tidbit, but just add on to this one here… I have got the lamination for the table in clamps right now. I am closing in on 9:00 so power tools need to go to bed for the night… (Or I get a nice visit from the gentlemen in blue suits that my taxes pay for…Tomorrow night is occupied, but I will get to the fence hopefully Saturday afternoon…

I looked in my scrap bin, and I found I not only have a good selection of scrap red oak cutoffs that may work for this, I also have walnut cutoffs that it seems to me are just aching to be included in some project somehow… Of course this leaves a question I don’t really want to ask, or answer… Just how am I going to attach said edge banding? I have the concept down, but have never done it. I was planning on mitering the corners, and using screws and dowels to hold it all together. Maybe I am nuts for that idea…

So gentle readers, if this was your drill press table, how would you deal with the exposed edge of the plywood / hardboard lamination?

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#2 posted 01-29-2010 05:47 AM

Epoxy or JB Weld.
My Grizzly router table bottom anchor pulled out of the board a couple years ago right after I got it and I epoxied back in…...NO TROUBLE SINCE. YMMV

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#3 posted 01-29-2010 05:02 PM

I already did the epoxy trick… This is failure #2 on this DP table… And en excuse to build a new one…

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#4 posted 01-31-2010 09:45 PM

I built a portable work table using hardwood plywood and MDF laminated for the top. I edged it with red oak. I slotted the lamination with a 1/4” slot cutter on the router (I decided to do this after the top was installed) and cut a matching tongue on the red oak edging with the TS. After cleanup and test fitting, I glued the edging on with glue in the groove and on the table edge, and used a few clamps (I don’t have many, or I would have used a lot). It worked great, looks good, is tough as nails, and I didn’t have to use any fasteners.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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#5 posted 02-01-2010 01:28 AM

Well… I just came down the attic ladder. The outlet between the garage door tracks in installed with a GFCI, The 12/2 is pulled back to the double gang box with 2 sockets (4 outlets), and is ready to be tied into the single bulb fixture box which will now simply become a junction box. I still need a cover for it though… The little bit of garage ceiling / attic that remained uninsulated is now packed with R-30 pink fiberglass, the doors are sealed, although there is some evidence after Friday’s rain storm, that the bottom seal isn’t doing its job, so I will need to replace those…

I have already informed SWMBO about the upcoming electrical work, so that she is not suprised when it happens.I still have to figure out where to mount an air cleaner, because where I think it should go, the attic door gets in the way, but that seems to be a trend in my shop now doesn’t it? I may end up mounting it off to the side a bit…

I have had enough of this for today…. Tomorrow night is another night in the attic, but the electrical will have to wait until next Saturday when I can power the house off to make sure I won’t zap myself…

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#6 posted 02-10-2010 05:57 PM

If it can’t be welded then use a metal plate and drill and screw it back together then make a new table top
from ply or MDF.

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