|Project by HokieKen||posted 05-27-2015 03:13 PM||2884 views||27 times favorited||13 comments|
This is my first project on LJs and I have to give many thanks to all who have posted their DP tables for me to “borrow” ideas from. I lurked as a guest for weeks while working on the design for this table and got many great ideas so thanks! This design wasn’t based on any one in particular but is more of an amalgamation of many.
I made a table prior to this which was a good learning experience. I picked up a laminated tabletop at Goodwill for a couple of bucks and it was pretty flat so I thought it would make a good table. Once I cut it to size and left the pine core exposed it didn’t stay flat very long though. I also realized from that first table that I didn’t need it to be as big as it was and size is a concern in my garage/shop. Finally, I learned that routing t-track may be fine for stop blocks but doesn’t work well for things like hold-downs that need a little bit of torque applied. So I decided to make one that would last and to spend some time and do it right.
After a few weeks of internet research (a great deal of it on this site) and iterating on my CAD model, I ended up on this design. The table top is 2 layers of 3/4” MDF laminated then covered with Formica. The sacrificial insert is 1/2” MDF. I made it square for ease of making new inserts and offset it from the spindle so I get 4 “fresh” spots on each side of an insert. The bottom of the table top has hardwood keys for consistent locating on the DP table and tee nuts inserted to bolt it to the DP table.
To (hopefully) help it maintain flatness, I made the drawer box below it as a sort of torsion box support. The bottom of the drawer box is another piece of 3/4” MDF and there are 4 1/2” MDF uprights running front to back and 2 more running left to right at the back (behind the drawers). I made one of the drawers to hold extra sacrificial inserts and other odds & ends and the other drawer to be a bit holder for Forstner bits.
The fence is just a “block” of 3 layers of 3/4” MDF and then covered with Formica on front, back and 2 ends. I installed t-track in the front of the fence and in the table top. In the table top, I offset the t-track so it’s more centered on the front for hold-downs and closer to the ends in the back for the fence bolts so the fence knobs don’t interfere with the DP feed handles.
I edged the table top with 3/4” oak and eased the top edge with a 45 deg. chamfer bit. The drawer box is wrapped with 1/4” oak ply on the sides, bottom and back. The drawer fronts and trim on the front of the drawer box is 4/4 walnut. Everything is finished with 2 coats of BLO.
Once everything was done, I was completely unhappy with the aesthetics of the piece of plywood I was using for a stop block and the black plastic knobs I had on the fence and stop block. So, I made a couple of stop blocks from walnut. I made the fence knobs from walnut as well and the stop block knobs from oak to keep with the overall design of the table. The hold-down in the last picture is a “prototype” made of some scrap plywood. Once I settle on a size and geometry I like, I’ll make a couple of those from either oak or walnut depending on what’s in my scrap pile.
Thanks for looking and questions, critiques and comments are much appreciated!
-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!