Drill Press Table 2.0

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Project by HickoryHill posted 04-20-2014 05:17 PM 2382 views 26 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Years ago I made a quick and dirty drill press table that served me well. But the biggest problem with it was I’d rack my knuckles on the table when cranking it up or down. Plus I really wanted some sort of storage under it. Recently a buddy of mine offered up his Rockler table to me a great price of FREE. So I graciously accepted and brought it home with me and added the under table cabinet/drawer. Other than the baltic birch drawers, bolts and slides, everything was already here from past project left overs.

Standard birch carcass glued and pocket screwed together. Baltic birch drawers with 1/4” press board bottom (left over). Drawer front was a freebie chuck of walnut from a buddy that I had gotten years ago. Rather than having a drawer knob/pull on there I just opted for a curved bottom edge for a hand grab.

-- Jim, Michigan

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Cameron Nagelkop

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#1 posted 04-20-2014 06:01 PM

looks great! however you may want to rout another cove on the drawer case to make the drawer easier to pull open(just my opinion)

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#2 posted 04-20-2014 07:50 PM

sweet set up!

-- Greg Simon

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#3 posted 04-20-2014 08:43 PM

A good idea especially re the drawer but nice work overall.I am desperate to know what is that thing on the floor with the wheels It loooks interesting. LOL Alistair in a curious mood

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#4 posted 04-20-2014 10:55 PM

Good looking dp table. How did you avoid the knuckle busting this time around?

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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Mainiac Matt

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#5 posted 04-21-2014 12:30 AM

I think Rockler puts together a lot of nice packages. This looks like one of them.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#6 posted 04-21-2014 04:13 AM

This seems to be a very nice rig. Well done.
I have checked around the Rockler site, and don’t see this table. I’d like to find that one.

Also, I would like to know how you attached this to your original equipment drill press table.

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Bob Areddy

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#7 posted 04-21-2014 12:42 PM

How do you prevent the drill press shavings from going into the drawer?

-- --Bob

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#8 posted 04-21-2014 12:51 PM

@Scotsman: Those are hold down/anti-kick back rollers for the Table Saw. I got them many years ago from who knows where.

@Underdog: The back edge of the Rockler table has a recess for where the handle swings by, so I just didn’t allow the back edge of the cabinet to go past there.

@jimintx: Yeah, I don’t see it on their either. Not sure when my buddy got it. I just traced the outlines of the 4 slots that are on the steel drill press table and then used bolts with knobs on the bottom.

@BobAreddy: Their are no way for the chips to get in there unless I were drilling with the drawer open. The cabinet is enclosed all the way around.

-- Jim, Michigan

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#9 posted 04-21-2014 12:51 PM

great job, I might have to use your idea.

-- steve, simple and effective

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#10 posted 04-21-2014 01:26 PM

Excellent build! I built one a couple months back and wish I had the foresight to add the drawer. At the time, I intended to build a lower cabinet with multiple drawers… laid plans of mice and men :-) At least I have a usable table and still the thought of the lower cabinet.

-- RTex, Wood Wranglin' Cowboy

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#11 posted 04-21-2014 01:51 PM

Great looking table, I still need to build one of these! I’ve been worried about knuckle busting too, but it looks like you’ve gotten away from that problem with your design!

-- All this sawdust.......wait........ what happened to my board???

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#12 posted 04-21-2014 02:22 PM

Those wheeled-devices on the floor look like they are probably an old “Ripstrate”.

It a mechanism that is intended to be both a hold-down, and an anti-kickback device that could be mounted to a table saw fence. I have one in my shop. It worked well on my prior saw, but i have not ever mounted it to my newer Unisaw which is set up with the Uni-fence.

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