Drill Press Stand from Old Desk Upcycle

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Project by Lazyman posted 12-11-2014 04:30 PM 1873 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After making my Assembly/Outfeed table using the desktop from a cheap old desk (, I decided to re-purpose most of the remaining pieces of the desk for a drill press stand. My Shop Fox bench top drill had been sitting on my defunct table saw which made the drill a little too high for me. I also wanted a place to store bits and other power tool accessories. I basically reused the vertical desk parts, the desk drawers and glides and added the top, bottom, shelves and drawer fronts from 3/4” AC plywood.

Because the drawers from the desk were much shorter than the depth of the stand, I moved the back of stand forward so that I could add some shelves to better utilize the space. While this will be against the wall in my small shop, it will provide extra storage for stuff I don’t use often. The old particle board drawer fronts were glued on, so I simply trimmed them to the dimensions of the drawer boxes, turned them around and attached new plywood fronts to what used to be the back of the drawers. The drawer pulls were also salvaged from a bathroom cabinet remodel. I added some double locking casters to make sure that it doesn’t move while using it and used up some old finish on all the plywood to get as close as I could to the plastic laminate of the desk parts without buying a new finish. For the shelves, I used some pegboard as a guide to drill holes for shelf pins to make them adjustable.

I decided to try my new Kreg pocket hole jig for this project. I actually used pocket holes to edge join 2 smaller pieces of the particle board desk to create the center divider/drawer support. This actually worked better than expected. I also tried using pocket holes to join the vertical pieces to the top and bottom but because particle board is not the best candidate for pocket holes, I put in screws directly through the top and bottom to give it extra strength.

Turning clutter into something useful is a great feeling.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#1 posted 12-13-2014 04:22 AM

Great job. I have done a few projects turning old furniture into something useful in the shop. It is rewarding.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#2 posted 11-04-2017 02:28 PM

This is a very nice conversion. It turned out to be a fine drill press table and will be a wonderful piece for your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 11-04-2017 07:52 PM

Thanks Charles. It’s turned out to be quite stable and just the right height for me.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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