Drill press table

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Project by tjscott posted 10-10-2008 04:10 AM 13255 views 27 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently I showed you the basic cabinet I built for my new drill press. What I figured I needed next was a better table than what came with it. The result is what is shown in the pictures.

It creates a larger, more stable surface on which to drill. It includes a long fence which rides in two t-tracks to allow for adjustments. There is also a t-track on the fence that allows for the two adjustable stops I created. The design includes a hidden compartment under the table that allows for sawdust removal and will include a hole drilled in the side of the base to allow for the hose. You’ll also see in the picture, a place in the base for a drawer to be built later. The idea for the drawer is to hold the sanding materials I hope to use on the drill press.

This plan was taken from Plans Now with no real modifications. I have to finish it by including the hole for dust removal, building the drawer for the front of the base and to create the removable inserts to allow for the drilling relief hole in the table top. It will also include several inserts to allow for the different sized sanders.

I have one problem in that the design doesn’t allow for the adjustment handle that raises and lowers the table on the column. I currently have to remove the whole table to adjust the height. I’ll work on that one.

Otherwise, I’m pretty happy with the results.

-- Tom, Charlotte, North Carolina

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#1 posted 10-10-2008 05:29 AM

it looks great except for the height adjustment issue.I need to make one myself , but I am torn between several different plans that I have seen . Thank you for posting your version : )

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#2 posted 10-11-2008 12:01 AM

That looks great. I have the same drillpress and built my own drillpress table – very similar to yours. I caught the height adjustment problem before I got too far into building mine. Luckily I was able to adjust my design and cut a notched area at the back of the table to accomodate the adjustment handle. It’s a nuisance, but it’s functional.

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#3 posted 10-11-2008 11:48 PM

Tom, you have some great ideas built into that table. Thanks for sharing.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 10-20-2008 04:47 AM

Tom, great looking table! I built one very similar earlier this year and I love it. I did two things differently though…1)on the sliding stop, I glued a small follwer to the back edge that rides in the t-track to keep the stop perpindicular to the table…2)I epoxied some 5/16” screws into hardwood dowel that I can screw into the bottom of table to secure it to the metal table. I use my drill press for wood and metal as it’s the only one I have so I need to be able to easily remove it.

-- If you can draw it, it can be built. Travis

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#5 posted 10-20-2008 04:56 PM

Nice table, looks great!

Thanks for the post


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#6 posted 11-04-2008 03:46 AM

Thats a nice drill press table.

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#7 posted 07-04-2009 04:43 PM

Tom these are great ideas for a DP table, thanks for your input, comments and pictures.

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#8 posted 07-04-2009 05:08 PM

Hey tom
One of the best drill press stations I’ve seen.

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#9 posted 04-04-2010 07:30 PM

sweet! i have the same drill press

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#10 posted 07-07-2011 08:52 AM

Great job on the dp table!
What I did for my old similarly styled table was cut a chamfer on the back edge of the drawer. It allowed just enough room for the raising crank to operate.

Another option would be to just swing the table a bit to the left when raising or lowering it to give you enough clearance.

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#11 posted 07-07-2011 10:38 AM

replace the crank handle on the table lift mechanism with a hex nut epoxied on the shaft. Also drill a small hole through the nut and shaft and install a drive pin. Now you cn make the table height with a ratchet wrench and socket that fits the nut.

-- Michael :-{| Don't anthropomorphise your tools, they hate it when you do that.

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#12 posted 04-04-2014 03:29 PM

I was going to make the same suggestion at Crank49 except to modify it to allow a drill to raise/lower.

I got lucky, after I installed it I went to adjust the height and barely able to rotate fully. No adjustments needed except to watch my knuckles!

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