Mobile drill press cabinet

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Project by adbuett posted 02-08-2015 03:29 PM 1501 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am in the process of doing some massive reorganizing in my basement shop and ended up removing a 10ft long bench that had essentially become a place to set stuff down and forget about it… Having done that, my drill press had to live on a couple 2X4 blocks on the floor until I had the time/motivation to knock this project out.

The carcass and drawer fronts are oak ply from the orange store. The drawers ended up being a mix and match of whatever plywood I could scrounge up; I guess I either forgot to take the drawers into account when I made up my cut diagram or I lost the sheet of paper that had the drawer cut diagram… I trimmed it out in cherry to hide the ply edges, and in hindsight wish I had trimmed the drawers too.

For the pulls, I really wanted to mortise through, but decided to fake it. I used the cherry trim for the pull as well as the spacers between the drawer front and pull. Made a couple of 1/8—>1/4” thick slices of end grain cherry and just glued those on the front of the pulls.

This was the first cabinet I have built that I am not too ashamed to post on here! My first was a flip top planer cart that is serviceable, but definitely not pretty.

If anybody is curious about dimensions I think I still have all my notes shoved in one of the drawers. Thanks for looking,


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#1 posted 02-08-2015 05:16 PM

Very nice job, functional. That is something I need to make.

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#2 posted 02-08-2015 07:11 PM

Real nice! My DP was on the floor too till I made mine. It’s great to have all your drilling equipment all in one place. You’

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 01-10-2016 08:18 PM

This looks like just the thing I need to make for an old (1943) Delta Milwaukee drill press I’m restoring. If you have anything in the way of plans, could I get a copy? Thanks.

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#4 posted 01-10-2016 10:20 PM

TnVol: After almost a year, the “plans” appear to have disappeared… surprise, surprise. Really though, the plans were just cut layouts. The dimensions I used are 24”w x 24”d x 29”tall. I did rabbets at the joints for the carcass, with the back also rabbetted into the sides. Drawers are on slides. This is a pretty simple design, so you should be able to just come up with your dimensions and knock it out pretty easily. I definitely love all the storage it gives me, and plan on making a similar looking miter saw stand after I finish up some other projects. Hope this helps, sorry it’s not a little more detailed.

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#5 posted 01-11-2016 02:07 PM

Thanks. I can probably figure it out from there. I assume the carcass is all 3/4 plywood.

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#6 posted 03-10-2018 04:46 AM

Very Nice. I love your comical writing – funny humor.

I’m wanting to do a similar project. I have a 97 pound table top drill press from the 40’s and wish to build a mobile cabinet. I wish you had taken photos of the build. I guess you only used the plywood for the box and no 2×4 – correct. I’ve talked to two friends for opinions – one tells me to use 2×6 for bottom and top frame. The other says plywood only. Unlike me, both are very accomplished wood workers.

Any added info about the build would be great. Thanks

-- Harold

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