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Project by Lumberpunk posted 06-10-2014 04:57 PM 3306 views 12 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my drill press table for my new (to me) craftex drill press. The table is built from two layers of 1/2 birch ply and braced with 3/4”. The fence is two layers of 3/4” birch ply laminated. All the t-tracks were routed with a t-slot routing bit from Lee Valley.

The second picture shows my accessory hanger which is a piece of birch hardwood with a t-track routed in it screwed int the side of the table. This gives me a convenient place to hang my fence, holddowns, stopblocks and v-blocks.

Third and fourth pics show my v-blocks for drilling round stock, both are made from birch ply and maple scrap and screw down to the t-tracks.

Fifth pic is my quick(er) set depth stop, it is a piece of birch with a groove cut down the middle and a knob and bolt to tighten it. It is a lot faster than the nuts that used to be on there and works well, I think I got the idea at ibuildit.ca.

Also here is my most used bit holders, they are held to the top of the drill press with rare earth magnets embedded in the bottom.

Oh and here is a couple of picks of the v-blocks in action.

Here’s my toothbrush… I drove a screw into the handle and hang it on a magnet from the DP. It is used to clean drill bits as I go.

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.





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Sjur

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#1 posted 06-10-2014 05:45 PM

Haha, cool gadgets!

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Diggerjacks

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#2 posted 06-10-2014 05:51 PM

Hello Lsmart

Very good ideas

I like the idea to recycle the toothbrush and the V block

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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Lumberpunk

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#3 posted 06-10-2014 07:07 PM

yeah I love the v-blocks but the quick depth stop is by far my favorite

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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#4 posted 06-10-2014 09:31 PM

I love the depth stop. Just found the next accessory for my drill eh. Very nice indeed.

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The Box Whisperer

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#5 posted 06-10-2014 09:40 PM

Love it all but the accessory rack on the side takes the cake for me. hope you don’t mind Ill be borrowing this idea for my next DP upgrade.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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Lumberpunk

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#6 posted 06-11-2014 06:41 AM

Heh! If I didn’t want to share I wouldn’t post. Enjoy!

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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SawTooth1953

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#7 posted 06-14-2014 02:37 PM

Nice implementation of some simple, yet elegant add-ons. I like them all, especially the accessories rack on the side. As obvious as that one is, I’d not seen it before.
Generic suggestion about replaceable inserts on drill press tables:
Everyone has the urge to center the insert under the drill bit… it looks symmetrical and appropriate. But once the center is used up, you need to replace it. However, if you shift the table just a little so the bit is off-center to the insert toward one corner, then you can rotate the insert 4 times before it is completely used up.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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Lumberpunk

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#8 posted 06-14-2014 03:37 PM

Thanks SawTooth, I started doing that.

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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exelectrician

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#9 posted 03-25-2015 06:07 PM

Really cool ideas
1. The toothbrush
2. The depth stop
3. The low-cost table and the replaceable insert

Room for improvement

!. Get the covers back on exposed electrical wiring. The slightest spark will start a fire with all that dust in there
2. Are the 3 wires with the stripped ends ‘live’ ?

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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Lumberpunk

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#10 posted 03-27-2015 03:55 AM

Ha yes I was in the process of wiring the heaters in my kids rooms at the time and no those wires were waiting to be hooked into the panel.

Thanks for your concern.

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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