Drill Press Table and Fence

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Project by Holzarbeiterin posted 11-24-2014 01:53 PM 3392 views 16 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I moved permanently to Germany about 10 months ago. Before I moved I was a member at The Woodworkers Club in Rockville, MD. The place is awesome. If you are ever in the area you should look them up and stop in.

Before I left I used my time to build some tools for my new shop. I deceided that I wanted to build things to a high standard not just in how it functioned but in how it looked as well. The top of the table is made from 1/8” Chechen rosewood scraps over a double layer of baltic birch plywood. I had rosewood left over after I buit a bed for my house. The curly maple on the fence and the trim were left over from a few boxes I had made. The table top has mulitple t-track options to give me the most flexibility for safely clamping parts in place and for accepting custom built jigs. Below the sacrificial plate I have drilled and tapped leveling screws into 1/4” brass plate so I can use any thickness scraps when I need to replace the sacrificial plate. I made some pre-drilled inserts that allow me to use sanding drums in my drill press.

The fence is made from 1/4” x 2” solid brass right angle material. The brass angle and the fence are notched to accomodate the drill chuck. I turned the curly maple knobs as a final touch. The table is attached to a base that gives me storage under the table for drill bits and also has a separate “box” around below the sacrificial plate so I can have dust collection when I use it as a drum sander. The base is smaller than the table top so I can clamp around the edges of the table if I need to.

I’ve been using it nearly a year now and I have not found anything I would change. It perfectly suits my needs.

-- Linda - It's only a mistake if you do it twice!

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#1 posted 11-24-2014 02:08 PM

Now this should be the definition of Drill Press Table! Great job!

-- Dennis, WV

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#2 posted 11-24-2014 03:13 PM

It turned out really nice. It looks great and seems quite functional. With all the different clamps out on the market, you should be able to accommodate all of them.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 11-24-2014 05:44 PM

Very attractive and functional drill press table. Gilding the lilly a bit, but then, I’ve been accused of that. LOL
Attractive tools are worth the extra effort.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 11-24-2014 07:07 PM

Hi everyone,
Thanks for the positive comments! Roger, you are right, it is gilding the Lilly a little bit. :-) When I built it, a member at the woodworkers club I belonged to asked me why I went so over the top with it. I just replied “Because I can!” But seriously, my philosophy about it is that good tools can and should be beautiful and functional. My tools all need to earn their spot in the shop. They are not display pieces. I use it every day I am in the shop. It’s got a couple scratches and dings over the last year and I think it ages well and gets more beautiful with every passing day. I wish I could say that about myself! LOL.

-- Linda - It's only a mistake if you do it twice!

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#5 posted 11-24-2014 09:39 PM

Wow that really sets the standard for drill press tables. Guess I will burn mine now…

keep up the great work!

-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#6 posted 11-25-2014 01:04 AM

That is awesome. Love it. Great job and welcome to LJs

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 11-25-2014 03:41 AM

A very nice table and well tought out but you are right they are meant to be used but are also to be enjoyed and cared for .
The fence is a good design with the cutout for the chuck .
Now about the drill press ?


-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 11-27-2014 02:36 PM

I like the design. Seems to give you the function you need while not getting itself in the way of the work.

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#9 posted 01-06-2015 04:04 AM

wow, this table top is incredible!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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