Mobile Drill Press stand

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Project by jonlruss posted 03-30-2016 07:57 PM 1066 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Another step along the way of getting things set up the way I want. A few months ago I had found a deal on a Craftsman 12” drill press “NIB”. The ones on the shelves of the store I bought it at had customer return tags on the outside of the box, but this one seemed unopened. Had it sitting kind of in the way waiting for me to get to it while I worked on other things like a new mobile base for the bandsaw, then a stand for this. After I opened the box it did seem that it had previously been at least partially assembled. As I put it together, the only thing I found that could’ve been the reason for it to be returned is the retaining ring on the column for the table rack was cracked. It’s not so bad that it can’t be tightened up enough to hold in place so it’s no big deal to me. I’ve only used it a few times and it works like a champ.

The mobile base isn’t the prettiest thing around. It was made from scrap I had and is definitely more functional than anything. Made a nice, deep drawer for it and will store something (haven’t decided what yet) in the space below. It’s nice finally having it done and having yet another tool up and ready for use when I need it. Will probably grab a few of the accessories my dad had for his drill press and add them to my collection. Now to get back to the bandsaw since I finally have all my parts and get it up and running…

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#1 posted 03-31-2016 01:45 AM

Nice moveable base for the drill press!!


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#2 posted 03-31-2016 02:04 AM

Nice setup! I have my drill press sitting on top of my workbench waiting for a mobile base like yours.
Would you mind sharing the dimensions of your cart? Did you follow a plan?

I was also thinking to incorporate some sort of weight on the base to make it bottom heavy. Did you put some on yours?

Thanks for sharing!

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#3 posted 03-31-2016 12:47 PM

I like it. A good functional stand. My drill press was one of the first things I bought way back when, and I bought a stand from Sears to put it on. Over time I have come to feel like it takes up way too much space in my small workshop. A stand like this what be more practical. I think eventually I will go this route and the stand will find itself on the market.

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#4 posted 03-31-2016 02:49 PM

That will work nicely for that drill press. Congratulations.

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#5 posted 04-01-2016 05:01 PM

Tango, This was more inspiration than plans I followed:
I have a Kreg jig I bought on clearance a few years ago and have never used and I decided this would be a good project for it. My stand is 18”x23”x32 1/2” tall (including the casters). Also, unlike the one in the link I used a single layer of 3/4” plywood for the top. It took me a couple of tries before I found the height I liked (fortunately only having to shorten it lol). I didn’t put any weight in the bottom. It seems to be large enough that it hasn’t had any tendency to try and tip over.

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