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Project by RetiredCoastie posted 1726 days ago 4408 views 25 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The table base is 2 sheets of melamine laminated with solvent based contact cement and then screwed together with 40 #10 screws and then sealed. The table attach dogs are 3 hard maple blocks cut to match the profile of the metal DP table with a small gap so the auxiliary table doesn’t bottom out on the dogs.

Due to the table extending out and blocking out the elevation crank I extended it with a threaded rod, a rod coupler with set screws and then turned to accommodate the crank handle. I’m machining an offset bracket that will support the extension and tie it to the table allowing smooth operation of the elevation mechanism.

The band wrapping around the table is poplar that’s finger jointed, glued and screwed to the table and then plugged. The finger joints were a big pain in the butt. Calibrating the jig took about 4 board feet of stock but I was determined to have the 1/4” fingers come out with exact spacing on the 1 1/2” band and now I have an accurate jig for 1/4” fingers.

The fence is a work in progress but will have “T” track on the top and on the front face of the fence. I’ll get the “T” track after the wood show on Friday and hopefully finish it this weekend.

The “T” tracks are inlaid into the top and secured with machine screws and “T” nuts and then Masonite is attached with double sided tape. The hold down dogs are made from hard maple.

Thanks for viewing!

-- www.thepatriotwoodworker.com Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops





8 comments so far

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Glenn

140 posts in 1988 days


#1 posted 1726 days ago

Sweet! You obviously put a lot of thought into that, and it turned out well. I’m getting ready to do one myself.

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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Dusty56

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#2 posted 1726 days ago

Beautiful workmanship !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Cedrus

91 posts in 2315 days


#3 posted 1725 days ago

I REALLY like the extension handle/knobs for the height adjustment and the under table wood connectors-lots of thought went into this!

-- Cedrus of British Columbia

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RexMcKinnon

2593 posts in 1796 days


#4 posted 1725 days ago

Great table. Love the drill press extension handle.

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

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 1725 days ago

This is one fine drill press table super job

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Dkol

70 posts in 1962 days


#6 posted 1725 days ago

Fine looking table.

dan

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hairyknuckler

25 posts in 1733 days


#7 posted 1724 days ago

Awesome table. I love the fingerjoints and the holddown clamps. I need to make a miniversion for my benchtop drill press.

HK

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RetiredCoastie

999 posts in 1784 days


#8 posted 1723 days ago

Thank you all for your encouraging comments. It was fun to build and I used just about every tool in my shop except my lathe.

-- www.thepatriotwoodworker.com Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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