Mobile Drill Press Station

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Project by Hawk_Guy posted 06-10-2015 08:45 PM 1219 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been itching to start builng cabinets so that I can build up enough confidence/skill to get to redo my whole kitchen. I have an unusually high work bench in my shop and when I set my bench top drill press on it I can barely make use of it. So I thought having a small shop and all, why not build a mobile stand and incorporate as many cabinetry techniques as I can.

I constructed the carcass out of 3/4” birch plywood and assembled it using tongue and groove joinery courtesy of Sommerfeld’s bit set. The face frame is constructed from poplar cut to 2” widths and assembled via pocket holes and joined to the carcass using tongue and groove joinery.

The top consists of two 3/4” pieces of plywood. The top piece has been laminated and banded with plastic T-molding for a more durable and finished look. The drawer fronts were routed using one of Freud’s 3 piece raised panel bit set. The base was purchased off of amazon and is made by delta for a large shaper (basically I picked the base out first and designed around it).

It is very practical and moves with ease, a perfect addition to my shop.

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#1 posted 06-10-2015 09:25 PM

That looks really handy. Great tool storage and mobility. Have you bolted the press to the table yet?

-- Allen, Colorado

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#2 posted 06-10-2015 10:11 PM

Ran out of time, was gonna head to the hardware store but had to pick up the kiddos. Will definitely bolt down asap..

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#3 posted 06-10-2015 11:14 PM

Hawk, I’m not a big fan of bench top anything, But Damn, that looks nice. Love those raised panel drawer fronts. I may have to try those in a project or three down the road. You done Good!!!

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#4 posted 06-10-2015 11:35 PM

Thanks Bob, at first it did regret not purchasing the floor model version of this drill press but I got a killer deal, less than $300 brand new. I think in the end its a great comprise. I enjoyed building the raised panels and highly recommend Freud’s bits. They aren’t cheap but the milled finish is truly top notch.

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#5 posted 06-11-2015 04:21 AM

I have the same drill press that I picked up on CL for a killer deal and I was looking to build the same type of cabinet, the only things that I want to do different is make the cabinet deeper and put my mortiser behind the drill press. I also want to figure out a way to incorporate having a dedicated sharpening system. on the cabinet it self. I like the your cabinet, nice job!

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#6 posted 06-11-2015 10:02 AM

Originally I was going to mount my mortising machine as well. However, it sits much lower and would have been awkward for a guy who is 6’4”. Maybe you could may it step up on the backside to accommodate the difference in height.

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#7 posted 06-11-2015 12:56 PM

This is a great project to practice for the kitchen. I am sure you learned a lot building it and should make the kitchen remodel less stressful.

It looks great and should be a wonderful addition to the shop.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#8 posted 06-11-2015 01:17 PM

This turned out nicely and will be a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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