|Project by JasonWagner||posted 11-02-2009 03:56 AM||14975 views||50 times favorited||23 comments|
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.
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!