|Project by SEE||posted 10-19-2009 04:09 PM||11717 views||64 times favorited||31 comments|
I’ve recently finished building a Drill Press Table for my G7947 DP, which I purchased earlier this year from CL. I looked at lots of images of DPTs on google and WW forums for ideas. My table is my own design but incorporates several ideas borrowed from other people’s shop built tables.
From a man named Bill Huber I got the idea of using a round insert in the table instead instead of the typical square insert more often seen. You got a lot more mileage out of a round insert. I also “borrowed” Bill’s method of attaching the table to the cast iron table of the DP itself.
I also wish to thank Nathan Yeager for his idea of building the “mini fence”, a short piece of wood that spans the two inner T-Tracks. I expanded on his mini fence by adding a slot for hold downs. They’re really convenient!
With the exception of the hardware, (T-Tracks, T-Bolts, knobs and 4 heavy duty angle brackets), and one can of spray paint, the entire table was built from scraps from my shop, a few pieces of plywood from the local dump/recycle center and a piece of 1” oak plywood that I got for free from a big cabinet shop nearby. The piece of oak plywood was in their scrap pile and is the top for my DP table.
I think that I have about $20-$25 bucks in the whole shoot and shebang, max. I bought the Rockler T-Track kit when they used to put them on sale ever so often for $9.95. In fact, I bought 5 of those kits the last time that I saw them on sale at the price!
The table consists of three main components: the box, the drawer and the top. I designed the table so that the top can be repositioned on the box in the event that I ever need more swing in case I have a wider piece of stock to work with. I don’t anticipate having to use that function very often but it’ll be nice to have if I do need it. Also, if I decide down the road to build a new top I can still use the box and the drawer. In other words, I won’t have to start from scratch should I decide that I need a new top for the table.
With the table mounted in its rearmost position and the fence attached at the rear of the table I have a maximum swing of 6”. I can increase the swing by rotating the fence 180 degrees and moving it to the front of the table. With the top in it’s normal position I now get 7 1/2 inch swing. When I slide the top forward on the box to it’s second position I have a 10 1/2 inch swing.
The basic fence is really simple. It’s a piece of scrap 3/4” hard wood flooring with holes drilled to accommodate the T-Bolts that ride in the Rockler T-Track. Holes are drilled in the fence so that I can position it in three positions on the table, left and right of center. From a piece of scrap, white oak I think, I made an auxiliary fence that attaches on top of the basic low profile fence. I can move this auxiliary fence left or right and have a stop block for repeatable bores up to 48” from the end of a board.
A couple of the photos above show how useful the “mini fence” is with hold downs. I can drill very small parts safely without risk of the part lifting and beating up my fingers. It’s hands free on the part that I’m drilling!
I hope that you enjoy seeing my new DP table. Perhaps someone will get an idea that they can use in their future shop built table, as I have from others. Feel free to ask if anyone has questions. Thanks!
-- Build for the joy of it!