Drill Press Table

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Project by Cantil3v3r posted 09-14-2009 08:46 AM 4000 views 29 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the Drill Press Table that I just finished this weekend. After attempting to utilize the standard table that comes with my very old Craftsman drill press I ended up resorting to just using a drill quite a bit. I knew that wasn’t the answer, so I looked up every kind of drill press table I could find, and started building this one. It is made up of 2 pieces of 3/4” MDF with a white formica top. There is a 3/4” hard maple border around the entire table and lots of t-track. Overall it didn’t cost me very much either as I had the MDF from leftovers, the intersection kits I got at 1/2 off, the t-track was 66% off and I even got a cracked 4’x8’ sheet of formica at Lowes for over 50% off. The best deal of all had to be the fence which I got at Harbor
Freight randomly for $6.50. I used it tonight to do a bunch of repeat forstner holes and it worked like a charm. Feel free to lay out any comments or questions. Cheers!

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#1 posted 09-14-2009 02:53 PM

Nice Table, Welcome to lumberjocks.

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#2 posted 09-14-2009 02:57 PM

This is a nice table. I have one of these on my to-do list (as soon as I clear out some of the items that my wife has “commissioned” me on her list). I like the fence and intersecting t-tracks as well as the replaceable insert. The insert is a pretty good idea.

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#3 posted 09-14-2009 04:35 PM

Great job on you drill press table.

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#4 posted 09-14-2009 04:38 PM

I too have this on my to-do list. I like your design.

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#5 posted 09-14-2009 06:37 PM

Thanks for the comments…it was a lot of fun to build and it is so much nicer using the drill press now. Scott Bryan and Rex – both of you will be very happy once you build one!

For reference the table is about 19” deep x 27” wide (random I know but its because it was leftover MDF) Also the replaceable insert is 5.5” square and the deeper pocket underneath is 3.5” square so I can use drum sanders with the table. I figure I will just make a couple more inserts and use a hole saw and cut out a spot for the drum sander for a ‘zero clearance’ type insert.

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#6 posted 09-14-2009 07:31 PM

Very nicely built DP table.

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#7 posted 09-14-2009 07:36 PM

Wow that’s a beauty!!! Sturdy too!

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#8 posted 09-15-2009 12:40 AM

Very nice!

I have a silly question. I need to build such a thing, and one of my questions: how do I accurately align it to the chuck?

I currently have the stock metal plate on it, that has rotation adjustment (through a big old bolt in the back), and what I’ve done is clamp a piece of wood to it and put the biggest Forstner bit I’ve got in the chuck and use that as a reference for aligning the table to.

There’s gotta be a better way. My drilling is currently fairly low accuracy relative to the other operations in my shop, and I need to fix that.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#9 posted 09-15-2009 01:18 AM

Dan – so this is something I was worried about when it came to building my table. The table and/or the actual drill can rotate and I didn’t want to drill into the metal plate and ruin the bit. By using 2×3/4” MDF plus the 1/16” formica the distance the bit would have to travel once I am already entirely through my piece is over 1.5”. The other thing I did was by creating the 1/2” thick insert I can feel once the drill bit goes all the way through the material, and I make sure I stop. I do have the normal stops on my drill press so if I take the time to set the depth correctly then its no big deal, but these little extras should help. Another thing you can do is once you build a table for your drill press, if you use a replaceable insert, and assuming your table is centered on the metal plate, just find the midpoints on each side and draw the lines that will cross at the center and you can line up your drill bit accordingly. Hopefully this isn’t too confusing and I hope it helps.

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#10 posted 09-15-2009 02:29 AM

Nice table. On my list also.
I like the insert.

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#11 posted 09-15-2009 02:38 AM

Nice drill press table!

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#12 posted 09-15-2009 04:25 PM

It looks just perfect and what I need too. Didn’t know HF sold fences. Just placed an order, durn it! My dilema is how to attach the table to the drill’s current table. I see your Sears has some hand slots in the table. I have a Delta and the table is solid. How do you drill through them? Any special bit?

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#13 posted 09-15-2009 06:15 PM

Blondwood – to be honest I didn’t know HF sold them either, they happen to be right next to the local Rockler so I will usually jump in there and see if there is anything I ‘can’t live without’ at the same time. I am pretty sure a lot of the tables that you can purchase use the hold down clamps on several sides of the table but underneath. I personally didn’t want to go this route so I used the existing holes in the table, but you could always drill a 5/16” or 3/8” hole in 4 corners of your existing table slow and steady and with a little oil to lubricate the bit and you would be good to go. Hope this helps!

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#14 posted 10-06-2009 12:08 AM

Great looking DP Table. Do you happen to have a model number on the HF fence?

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#15 posted 10-06-2009 12:15 AM

Doug – I’ll check tonight. The day I bought it I tried to find it online as well to see if they were all on sale but couldn’t even find it on their website, but I’ll let you know.

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