Drill Press Table

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Project by pfleming posted 02-09-2016 03:36 AM 1608 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my drill press table that I made not too long ago. Also pictured are some shop made hold down clamps. The table top is made from a piece of kitchen counter material, with some added Wood River t-track, from Woodcraft. The hold downs are made from 1×1/4” aluminum bar I picked up from Lowe’s, then cut to about 5 1/2” long and bent to my liking. After they were bent, I drilled a 5/16” hole in the middle of the bend, then triple dipped both ends in plasti-dip. They hold very well, without slipping at all, and do not harm the wood that I can tell. I also made the knobs out of some scrap 2×4” I had laying around, and pressing a 1/4” – 20 nut in a snug drilled countersink hole.

-- Patrick, Mississippi

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#1 posted 02-09-2016 05:49 AM

That looks very useful, wish I had one on my drill press. How is the wood river t-track? The rockler stuff is expensive, I might look into it. Nice hold-downs too.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 02-09-2016 02:40 PM

Looks good, I like the movable fence, do you have a replaceable section under the drill area, one would hat to drill into the nice top.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 02-09-2016 03:23 PM

nicely done on all your jigs
I prefer shop made rather than store bought
We are, are we not , woodworkers who work with wood etc.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#4 posted 02-09-2016 04:11 PM

Thanks guys! Bobasaurus, the Wood River track worked out pretty good. I bought a couple of 48” sections ($16.99/each) and cut it to length myself, then drilled and countersunk any additional holes I needed. It takes the 1/4” – 20 bolts, so hardware can be found anywhere. My understanding is that you can also use toilet flange bolts in the tracks, but I haven’t tried that. Bushmaster, I do not have a removable section under the bit. I drilled a 1/2” hole through top, to help me align it to the factory table. If I have to drill something that’s bigger than 1/2”, I’ll put a scrap piece under my wood and drill into that. It works out pretty good, so far, that way. I have pondered the thought of making a separate fence that has a front face to it, since there have been a couple of occasions that it would have been handy to have more height on the fence. Abie, I to prefer to make my own jigs, if I can. That’s the part of woodworking that I probably like the most actually…..seeing a need, and filling it with something you make yourself. Plus you get to custom make them to your own needs and specs.

-- Patrick, Mississippi

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#5 posted 02-09-2016 10:35 PM

I like it, it is simple and should be easy to setup and use. I also like shop made jigs.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#6 posted 02-10-2016 01:28 AM

Why thank you Don. Me and my mind like simple :0) For the drill press, you really don’t need a lot of fluff. When it comes to things of the shop, I like it to function well, and be as simple to make as possible. To tell you the truth, I see a lot of jigs that I would love to make, but the design seems a little to complicated for my style. Most of the time I can keep looking around and find the same jig, only simplified, then build that one. That’s exactly what I did with my box joint jig for the table saw, and it worked out great. It even has a “fine tune” adjustment screw on it.

-- Patrick, Mississippi

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