A journey into the workshop. #74: Drill press table V 2.0 is well under way!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 11-12-2010 04:59 PM 1244 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In all my cleanup, I found one of the laminations I did a long time ago for my drill press table re-do. (I royally botched the dadoes on the first one… ). So with limited shop time over the last few evenings I have been able to…

#1. Trim the hardboard to be flush with the rest of the lamination. #2. Rip and attach the 3/4” walnut edge trim. #3. Rout out the through hole for the replaceable insert. #4. Rout the rabbet for the replaceable insert. #5. Drill for, and install oak pegs through the edging for appearances, and to help hold things together, I AM gluing to the edge of plywood after all… #6. Oh yeah, back to the insert hole, drill w/ forstner the counterbores that allow my fingers to get under the replaceable insert. (and they came out quite nicely thank you very much… #7. Cut the 2 step counter bores for the hold down inserts that originated from the Grizzly DP table oh so long ago. #8. Install the hold down inserts. #9. Trim the pegs flush (Thank you Marples flush pull saw!) #10. Trim the walnut edging. (Had a teeny bit of blowout, but it’s along the bottom, so I am not worried about it too much…)

I have the following left before being able to install this on the drill press…

#1. Rout the dadoes for the T track. #2. Install the T Track #3. Sand trim, and the few fuzzies I got on the insert rabbet smoothe. #4. Double and triple check the size of the insert bore to insure I got it right, then cut a small selection of inserts. FWIW, I sized the depth of this for 1/2” sanded ply inserts. #5. Apply finish. Probably just clear poly. Include finish on fence. (Re-using Version 1.0 fence).

I am so very close…

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 11-12-2010 09:31 PM

Sounds like fun. I am considering what I am going to do for a router table. I was thinking about the table saw extension, but the access is not quite right in my shop due to the central pillar. So I will probably make a large table with an easily removable top for storage. Still not sure. Interesting article on TS mounted router table in the Tools and Shops annual issue for FWW. There may be an idea or two there, but the more I think about it the more I realize it will be a handicapped place due to the size of the saw, and the pillar. So will have to reconsider. Gerald, the Dane, mentioned to me that he found the arrangement cumbersome, so I started looking at my ergonomics and realized that is was a no go for me as well.

I am now officially smart again, having passed my Neonatal Resuscitation proficiency test. I don’t feel good about it, I just feel exhausted from studying this week, working, and keeping up the house. Thankfully Sherie is home again.

I am looking closely at the Torque WorkCenter. It is not really that big, would replace a router table, and serve as a work surface in a pinch. That would not happen until I have generated more space in the shop. Oh well. Moving along at a glacial pace….......


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#2 posted 11-12-2010 09:54 PM

Do you have a miter saw station? Perhaps you could build one with replaceable inserts, one for the miter saw, the other for a router top.

Maybe that is a dumb idea, never mind…

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#3 posted 11-12-2010 10:51 PM

Original thought, but I am having trouble visualizing it…............(-: Now if I can get my scrambled brains back to working together, maybe I can get something done this weekend.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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