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Project by Medickep posted 01-28-2015 05:35 PM 2861 views 19 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this drill press table, which is the result of a lot of help from members right here, especially Rick Dennington who help answer all of my questions!!

As a newer building it was a really fun project and forced me to buy a decant Dado blade set, which I was long overdue!

As you can see in the pictures, the box has a drawer which is not as deep as the box. I wanted to be able to deal with the dust as I hate messes and even more so, I hate sweeping!!

I made the box a little bigger than initially plan, but I wanted to use some stuff I had lying around which included the mini dust hood that I cut out on the side and sealed up. I made a little slope that promotes dust extraction and was amazed with the power of the suction. I tried to remove the center piece and the suction was keeping it in!

I realized during this project, I need to work on my router skills as for some reason I did not get a perfect cut out, despite taking my time with setting up a jig! The collar on my router started ruining the edge of my jig and affected the cutout! I got it done and placed some leveling screws in it for fine tuning.

I also had some left over hardware from a crapping HF drill press table I bought and it lasted maybe two months. I recycled the hardware to mount my table to the cast iron table. It was pretty tight, but just to make sure, I taped some 80 grit sandpaper to the cast iron table and bottom of my table to add a little more friction.

Thanks to everyone who posted help to my original post and a special cheers to Rick!

-- Keith





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 01-28-2015 05:37 PM

Keith, that will make a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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Diggerjacks

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#2 posted 01-28-2015 05:55 PM

Hello Medickep

Good addition for a drill press

Is the dust extraction under the table very effective ?

Thanks for sharing

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

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 01-28-2015 05:56 PM

Hi Keith…..That table really turned out nice, and you did a grest job on the build….I’m glad I could help with your project….It should serve you well for a long time…..Anything you can do to improve the quality and workmanship of a machine is a plus…...I’m glad you’re pleased with the outcome….I knew you would be, and if I can ever help you on another project (if I know how…lol), don’t hesitate to ask…..Thanks again for the cuddos..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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Medickep

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#4 posted 01-28-2015 06:33 PM

Digger jacks-

It maybe a lttle to early tell, but it seems to work great. Anything on the top of the work surface, I simply sweep towards the whole in the center, which is why I added that. I wasn’t all that concern with zero clearance for drilling but I may regret that!

-- Keith

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jasonallen

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#5 posted 01-28-2015 07:58 PM

Looks great to me. How do you like your ridgid drill press?

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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Medickep

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#6 posted 01-28-2015 08:54 PM

Thanks Jason-
I’m really like it and even though I’ve never had a real drill press to compare it to, it seems to have all the power I need. With the lifetime warranty, it seemed like a no brainer.

-- Keith

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ken_c

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#7 posted 01-29-2015 03:01 AM

nice table – question though – does the table get in the way of the table clamp and height hand crank?

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Medickep

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#8 posted 01-29-2015 05:18 AM

Ken-

For me the crank wasn’t all that easy unless I took a knee. It seemed a little tight. But it does not affect it anymore than it was before.

-- Keith

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Rick Dennington

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#9 posted 01-29-2015 05:39 AM

Keith….Shoot a little WD 40 down the shaft, and around the ratchet gears where the handle connects…..It should loosen up a little, and help it crank smoother….....

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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Medickep

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#10 posted 01-29-2015 05:44 AM

Will do, Thanks!

-- Keith

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Rick Dennington

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#11 posted 01-29-2015 01:59 PM

Keith…..I know you prolly already know and do this, but be sure and loosen the locking handle before you try to raise or lower the drill to adjust the depth of the spindle and drill bit…..I sometimes forget, and it won’t raise or lower, till I remember to do it….If it’s locked, it won’t move, or will seem tight….Just an FYI…..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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Scott Landry

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#12 posted 01-29-2015 02:16 PM

Nice job. I really need to get off my ass and make one of these. I like how you made yours easily removeable. I need that as an option too.

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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Medickep

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#13 posted 01-29-2015 04:33 PM

Rick-

Thanks for the tip with the WD40 as well as the crank. If mine was tight from not unlocking the table, I’m not sure I’d admit that to you guys! :-)

-- Keith

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Rick Dennington

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#14 posted 01-29-2015 05:09 PM

Keith,

You might as well “fess up”.....We won’t laugh, but once….Don’t worry…we’ve all been there and done that..

After your post, I just got to thinking about what you said…....And congrats on making the “Top 3”....

You’re welcome….

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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hoss12992

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#15 posted 01-29-2015 05:40 PM

That is really cool. Love the drawer on it. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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