Slide-On Drill Press Table

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Project by bigfoot11 posted 11-26-2014 06:12 PM 2276 views 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My drill press functions both for my woodshop as well as anything else. Whether it’s plastic, wood, or metal, I’ll drill it. I didn’t want to build a fancy drill press table and be afraid to use it nor did I want to have to go through a hassle to remove it if I wanted to drill something that needed a lot of cutting oil.

My drill press table takes advantage of the table’s design in that it slides onto the table and simply locks in place via threaded knob. I was dubious of the strength of a single knob to lock it but I was able to drag the press around using just the table (since the press isn’t bolted down).

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#1 posted 11-26-2014 06:46 PM

The locking knob is a nice touch.

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#2 posted 11-26-2014 08:59 PM

A lot of tables are round and this would not work but in your case I like the two batten idea but would still like to see of a couple of knobs in the slots to hold the two tables together .
I think that with a larger bit being pulled out of the material the upper table could lift up with the bit .
Just my two cents worth .

-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 11-27-2014 01:36 AM

Interesting idea. My table is round as Kiefer said so some modification would be needed to accommodate this idea. Worth looking into this winter when I am between projects being glued up or drying. Thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 11-27-2014 03:40 AM

In order for the table to go any direction aside from left or right, it would need to break 3/4” plywood. This is a 175lb drill press that I was able to drag across the concrete floor with just using the table as a handle. While it slides easily, when put in a bind, there is a LOT of friction on the table against the cast iron despite being waxed.

As far as adapting round table, making a “U” shape with the same track style with the closed end of the “U” on the front side with the same knob idea would still probably work great.


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