Why did I wait so long?

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Project by hairy posted 06-05-2016 01:09 PM 3652 views 12 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Probably because I didn’t think I would use it much. Was I wrong. For me it makes drilling easier, safer and more accurate.

This is probably the ugliest, most basic one here on LJ. It’s got burn marks and pencil marks all over. So simple to make. I made this the depth of the OEM table x 24” wide. I can reach the handle to lift the table up and down just as before. Wood screws and fender washers secure it. The table and fence are 2 layers of 3/4” BB plywood.

I’ve been using the bungee for years. I always punch a starting hole for drilling, with an awl or center punch. I get the table height close, stick the punched hole into the drill bit, and pull down on the handle to force the work piece onto the table. I hook the bungee onto the handle and that will keep it there and I have both hands to set the fence, side blocks and depth stop.

If you’re on the fence about building one, do it, you’ll be glad you did.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 06-05-2016 01:59 PM

Looks super hairy,a great addition to your drill press.

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#2 posted 06-05-2016 03:49 PM

Simple but efficient addition.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 06-05-2016 05:35 PM

That’s much better than mine. Your right it’s truly one of the best things you could do for a drill press. I use mine all the time.

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#4 posted 06-05-2016 08:53 PM

Looks great

-- Des, Cork, Ireland

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#5 posted 06-05-2016 11:06 PM

Just what you need.
So what more should you need?
Love the bungee idea.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 06-06-2016 05:48 AM

Good Work Hairy. It will make work a lot easier at the drill press. And a lot safer



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#7 posted 06-06-2016 09:45 AM

The table is great, but the bungee idea is brilliant

Good thing you can still reach the handle to raise and lower the table. I got that wrong a few years ago and had to cut out the back corner. It meant that I never did install T-tracks. Oh well, I might revisit that whole design again one day.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#8 posted 06-06-2016 10:26 AM

Table looks great, but what is the bungee for? I must be missing something.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#9 posted 06-06-2016 04:34 PM

Great idea with the bungee!

Is that a Jet DP? It sure looks like mine and one of the annoying things is the lack of a quill lock (hence the need for the bungee.)

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#10 posted 06-08-2016 09:26 PM

After 5 years of owning the DP, I made one really basic and ugly,but the whole point of building one was the extra surface to support long/wide pcs of wood,easy clamping is another problem to solve.
I like the fence on yours.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#11 posted 12-20-2016 09:15 PM

The bungee! Brilliant! I’m always wishing I had a third hand right about then.

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#12 posted 12-21-2016 05:00 PM

Couldn’t you use the depth-stop to do what your bungee is doing? There’s an adjuster on the bottom side of the depth-stop bracket that should limit how far the quill retreats when you release the handle. It’d keep the bit poised right above your work piece just like your bungee, but it won’t be in the way like your bungee.

-- Jon -- Just a Minnesota kid hanging out in Kansas

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#13 posted 12-21-2016 05:58 PM

It would if I put another nut on it. The round nut secures the depth scale, to the bracket. If I loosen that round nut, the depth scale will be bouncing around. Another nut would decrease drilling depth by the thickness of the nut, usually no big deal.

The bungee is quick to apply and remove, faster than turning a nut up and down. Many times I have the chuck high enough to change bits without moving anything else, such as when drilling holes of different sizes in the same place.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#14 posted 12-21-2016 07:11 PM

a great dp table/jig much better then mine a piece of butcher block .GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#15 posted 12-21-2016 07:50 PM

Your choice, obviously. Others may chose differently, so I’m just sharing information. The nut (or bolt) on the very bottom of the depth gauge is what holds it in place. If not, then something’s amiss with the assembly. The nut I highlighted was definitely designed to limit the quill’s upward travel.

Using the nut provides infinite adjustability. The bungee method is limited by the spacing of the quill handles and the length & elasticity of the bungee. That’s clearly not a limitation for your work methods, but others may work differently and prefer to use the nut.

-- Jon -- Just a Minnesota kid hanging out in Kansas

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