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Project by JasonWagner posted 11-02-2009 03:56 AM 12061 views 47 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got a drill press on Craigslist. I was thinking about buying the Ridgid press from HD or going all out and getting the Steel City from Woodcraft for a crazy amount of dollars. I finally hit on an older Ridgid DP15501 drill press that was virtually unused for $200. It’s got an Emerson motor and was in “new” condition (although 6+ years old). I don’t need anything crazy so it does the job, but this was my chance to build a really nice table for a drill press. I chose Shopnotes vol. 94 drill press table. It is a great design with a large table, fence and plenty of clamping options. If you look closely there is great dust collection (for a drill press) concealed behind the drawer for drum sanding and drilling with different inserts for each. It even includes the drawer shown below. I could only find 10” full extension draw slides locally so I modified (from 8”) the drawer length and it runs a little long. The I also upped the drawer depth from approximately 1.5” to 2.5”. The bigger the better as I always say. This is a great little project and you end up with a nice table. I would have liked to have a tape measure on each T-track but didn’t feel like it was worth the budget. I’m going to add the Woodcraft laser to this drill press soon ($30 on sale before Thanksgiving). By the way, the drill press is great and does what I need it to. Fit and finish are just fine for me.

http://www.shopnotes.com/issues/094/extras/drill-press-table-and-fence-system

EDIT I got the laser and it works great on this drill press (see last picture). Not long to setup and for what I do I feel like I can trust it. It really helps set the fence and stops up or with big forstner bits.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 11-02-2009 04:07 AM

that’s one fantastic drill press table it has all the bells and whistles

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#2 posted 11-02-2009 04:08 AM

Looks good. What kind of wood did you use?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 11-02-2009 04:13 AM

Nice score from Craigslist, I also score my press from the list as well, a excellent condition Steel City. Great work on your table top, which should make your press that much enjoyable to use. Thanks for posting and enjoy…Blkcherry

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woodworm

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#4 posted 11-02-2009 04:13 AM

Very nice machine and beautiful table.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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JasonWagner

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#5 posted 11-02-2009 04:19 AM

It’s poplar plywood (the birch at HD wasn’t so hot) then solid poplar for the fence base all drawer components. Maple for the fence faces and trim facia. I’m kind of a newbie and am really liking maple. I wish it was easier to find around here. I don’t have a planer or jointer to do my own yet. So I just use stuff I have around.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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JasonWagner

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#6 posted 11-02-2009 04:19 AM

sure, rub it in blackcherry…

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#7 posted 11-02-2009 04:26 AM

Nice table. Very functional.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 11-02-2009 04:29 AM

I don’t have a joiner or planer either, but I have a few hand planes :-)) You can do pretty good with a straight piece of plywood and a table saw for getting a straight edge to start a board.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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JasonWagner

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#9 posted 11-02-2009 04:47 AM

Topamax, I totally agree. I have made due with what I have for quite some time. You can usually get by, but with more tools available it makes things easier. One problem is that flat plywood isn’t always the easiest to come by at the big box store. I didn’t have a wide enough piece for the drawer face. I glued up three pieces of 1.5” poplar, sanded them flat enough and ripped it down. However, it would have been nice to have a planer. Kinda like drilling the 3.5” long vertical holes through the drawer…pretty tough to be accurate with just a cordless drill, not a drill press. I don’t have hand planes to do the job, only one short guy that needs some adjustment. I feel like most wood workers get all the tools, accomplish whatever they want to, then take the challenge to do it all with hand tools.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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Northerner

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#10 posted 11-02-2009 04:52 AM

yup, Craigslist rocks!
i have gotten the following items off CL for my shop and saved tons of cash!

Hegner Scroll Saw Multimax-2 $75
Craftsman 17” Drill Press w/ Laser-Trac $175
Craftsman 10” Cabinet Table Saw $600
New Jet Dust Collector Model DC-1100A $150
New Porter Cable air compressor 60 gallon upright $300
Ridgid 14” Band Saw
Dewalt DW735 13” Planer w/ feed tables & extra set of blades $425
ToolShop Combination Sander 1×42 $25

congrats on your score, that drill press looks awesome!

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning!

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RetiredCoastie

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#11 posted 11-02-2009 04:53 AM

Very nice table. I like the clamping slots. I’m at present time building a drill press table
for my bench top DP but mine isn’t as feature packed as yours. Very impressive Jason!

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JasonWagner

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#12 posted 11-02-2009 04:55 AM

now you’re just gloating Northener! i just saw that DW735 was being sold off by HD for $270 just two months ago. i’m about to be sick…

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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JasonWagner

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#13 posted 11-02-2009 04:56 AM

Coastie…check out the Shopnotes table for some ideas…I think it has everything you’d want.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#14 posted 11-02-2009 05:07 AM

Great-looking table! I’m getting ready to build one myself and had considered this one from Shopnotes, as well. Yours looks so good I might just have to do this one.

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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JasonWagner

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#15 posted 11-02-2009 05:17 AM

I didn’t see any that were better. The only thing I could recommend is a larger table with a deeper drawer. You know dust collection will be poor but this is as good as it gets.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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