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Simple Drill Press Table -- How Did I Live Without It?

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Blog entry by Lewis Baumstark, Jr. posted 04-30-2011 06:17 PM 4588 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not putting this as a project because it’s less about the finished product and more about the workflow.

Last weekend I built a drill press table, inspired by several I’ve seen here. Nothing fancy, no T-track or fence or hold-downs, just a plywood box with a lipped top surface:

The difference in how I use the drill press is night and day. Before I had the stock surface which was nigh-impossible for clamping, mostly due to the way the underside of the metal was shaped. I’ve used the press a lot over the last few days; just adding a lipped surface has made positioning and clamping a piece of cake, for example:

I wish I had done this a lot sooner. :)

-- Every time I walk in my shop I thank my dad, my geometry teacher, and my drafting instructor...in that order.



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#1 posted 05-01-2011 03:29 AM

how did you attach it to the original table?

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#2 posted 05-01-2011 03:42 AM

Neat idea!

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#3 posted 05-01-2011 04:31 AM

@spamfilterman: just a couple of through-bolts (if you look carefully at the bottom pic you can see the counter-bored hole for one of them). The original table already had holes for attaching a vise so it was pretty easy to mount the new table.

-- Every time I walk in my shop I thank my dad, my geometry teacher, and my drafting instructor...in that order.

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#4 posted 05-01-2011 04:49 AM

I too will be building a quick, functional, “down & dirty” drill press table, like yours. I also need to: build a TS sled, re-engineer a HF 2HP DC, upgrade the fence for the hollow chisel mortiser, build a clamp rack and the list goes on and on and on…. I’m trying to set up shop ASAP and quick useability is of the utmost importance. Once the shop is up and running, then I will consider building prettier shop fixtures.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 05-01-2011 05:36 AM

Ah, so the whole box went on top of the original table. I guess I assumed that only the top of the new table rested on the original table.
I think I have the same drill press…. thinking I need to make something similar.

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#6 posted 05-01-2011 06:15 AM

Hey Lewis:

This is a bit of a Lark ..LOL… Your Table looks like the Plan I started with to do mine. I have No idea where I originally saw it. Then I started with my usuall …”Well? What if I did this? & I wonder if this would work? OH! I think I could also do this!” and On and On.

It should still be here if you’d care to have a look or if it might be of some help if you care for “Embellishments” ...LOL..

It’s also a “Plywood Box” with a few “Embellishments”. I have No idea why it took me so long to do it also. ZERO Dust when I do anything on there. Handy, Ready Storage, etc.

There’s also a Second Part (Project) to this and I think it’s right after this one.

Don’t have a Lot of luck with Links Lately so I’ll TRY the whole Link Here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/29446

Keep On Drilling!!

Rick

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#7 posted 05-01-2011 03:12 PM

@Rick: I really like your hinged-on-one-side fence idea. That may well appear on my table later today…

@spamfilterman: I’ve seen other people use a “box-on-top” design like this. I assume it’s to keep the bit from ever contacting the metal table underneath—at least that’s why I did it!

-- Every time I walk in my shop I thank my dad, my geometry teacher, and my drafting instructor...in that order.

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#8 posted 05-02-2011 04:40 AM

Make it happen Lewis!! I’m Pleased!! That’s why I Post whatever I can that might be of help to others.

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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