Mount a Woodpeck Drill Press table onto Porter Cable Drill Press

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Project by Rene posted 05-12-2014 01:30 AM 2665 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone. Thanks for visiting my 1st posted project. I have gained so much knowledge on this board, I figured it was about time to contribute.

I recently purchased a Woodpeck Drill press table for my Porter Cable Floor Standing Drill Press. Since the table that comes with the Drill Press is geared more towards drilling metal, I had to find a way to mount this table and still have the ability to quickly remove the table, when I have the need to drill into metal.

The bad news is that the table the drill press came with, does not have any through slots, which makes mounting a table quit a challenge. There is one threaded hold in the side of the table, which you can use to connect tubing or a catch container, to capture lubricant/coolant when drilling through metal. In the center of the table, there is a 1” hole that goes all the way through to the bottom.

I search for some projects to get some ideas and ran into this one created by bfergie on this forum. Great project, but I wanted to do something different.

Here is what I came up with. I took a 1” dowel and trimmed it down on my lathe, to fit through the center hold of the PC drill press table. I mounted the dowel onto a 3/4” piece of plywood by first using a forstner bit to drill a 1” diameter, ~1/2” deep hole. I then glued and screwed the dowel in.

Next, I installed the largest t nut I could find (3/8”) into the plywood, positioned over the threaded hole in the PC table. I then mounted the plywood onto the drill press table using a 3/8” bold with a couple of washers. The plywood was solid, did not move at all. I then mounted the Woodpeck table on top of the plywood.

This is a real simple setup to undo. If I need to take the Woodpeck table off the PC table, I just undo 1 bold under the table and lift off the entire Woodpeck/plywood piece. Quick and easy. For the sake of showing the dowel going into the center hole, one of the posted pictures has the table floating using a scrap piece of wood. This scrap was just used for this picture, do not use a scrap piece when mounting the table for use.

-- -Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning to dance in the rain.

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#1 posted 05-12-2014 04:20 PM

Great solution. I have the same drill press and have the HF drill press table. I’ve been looking for a more elegant solution to keep it held secure, and your idea might fit the bill.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#2 posted 05-13-2014 03:02 PM


-- -Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning to dance in the rain.

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#3 posted 05-13-2014 03:33 PM

I have that same drill press table and I love it. One thing that I added after installing the table was a way to more easily adjust the table elevation; because having to reach under the table to get to the hand crank was a pain. I removed the hand crank from the shaft and epoxied a deep well socket onto the shaft. After adding an inexpensive Harbor Freight extension and ratchet handle, I can now adjust the table top up/down from the side of the table using the ratchet.
Thanks for posting!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#4 posted 05-14-2014 04:58 AM

Thats a great idea hotncold. Looks like I have one more project on “the list”.

-- -Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning to dance in the rain.

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#5 posted 02-23-2015 04:50 AM

Thanks for the great post, I have the same drill press and once I received my woodpecker table was not sure on how to mount it. Searched and found your post, and it took out my guess work and simplified the process. Thanks for saving me some time and making it an easy mount up.

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#6 posted 02-24-2015 06:25 PM

Your very welcome and thanks for the feedback!

-- -Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning to dance in the rain.

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