|Project by bluekingfisher||posted 04-01-2016 06:43 PM||1611 views||17 times favorited||9 comments|
A tilting table for the drill press is not an accessory required for every shop project, however they are indeed handy when required. More than once I have struggled trying to attain the appropriate drilling angle only to end up creating a raggedy untidy hole. So I decided to build a simple tilting table.
Apart from the tilt facility, it has to be slightly bigger than the existing table on the drill press, which on my drill is quite large at 20 3/4” x 14”. The depth is not so much the issue, rather the width as the sliding extension arms need to clear the drill table when the jig is tilted. And the arms extend downward. I also had the additional problem of the slider arms clearing the cabinet I have installed below the drill press.
The other issue I had, was storage space when not in use. My small workshop is rapidly running out of space so it needed to disassemble quickly for storage.
The table is made from 3/4 ” BB ply with hardwood edge banding to protect the plywood edges a little and provide greater purchase for the 8mm hanger bolts used to hold the clamping knobs.
A full width piano hinge allows the table to pivot.
I made the sliding arms from 1/2” BB ply. I routed a 1/2” groove down the centre at the router table. I installed T nuts to protect the pivot holes a little then realised I couldn’t install them over the top and bottom hangar bolts. The solution was to drill out the threads on the next size drill up, in this case 8.5 mm, so the arms can be easily slipped over both top and bottom bolts and removed just as easily to fold flat, well almost flat for storage. Had I to do it again I would off set the hangar bolts a little so they would not bind so to allow the table to fold completely flat.
I installed a couple of 1/2 ” T tracks to allow a fence run travel on, again I used hardwood scraps to edge band the fence for extra protection. I intended to cut a suitably sized hole in the centre of the table with a replaceable insert when the table gets chewed up a little. Once I start using it I establish where the drill bit contacts the table and perhaps cut the reces then.
I just need a place to store it now.
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