Disposable Drill Press Sub-tables

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Project by Bricofleur posted 1636 days ago 2265 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tired of using scrap wood to prevent drill bits from blowing out the back of my workpieces (second photo) or ruining my wooden table, I came up with a better idea: Disposable sub-tables. I found out that it doesn’t cost more to use sub-tables and I get more life time from them. Also, since they don’t need to be accurate as inserts, they are faster to build. With several pivot holes in the back fence, I can use almost the entire base before throwing it away. Most important, each sub-table fits on all my drill presses.

Since most of my drilling tasks are milled in narrow stock, a 4-5” deep sub-table is enough. The back fence screwed to the base is meant to keep the stock from spinning and to act as a base for a pivot (1/4” carriage bolt & a cam lock), I’m able to use half of the surface area. When this half becomes a strainer, I spin it around and I reposition/screw the back fence to the other side, so I can use the entire surface before throwing it way and make another sub-base, keeping the back fence (note on the photos that holes are already predrilled in the front to accept the back fence later).

I insert the pivot bolt in the first hole and I swing the table according to the distance required under the drill bit, then I clamp the other end of the table. When the table has too many holes, I move the pivot bolt in the second hole, giving me access to a fresh surface of the table, and so on.

It gives a more professional look than scrap wood !

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#1 posted 1636 days ago

Ohhh interesting idea

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#2 posted 1636 days ago

Great ideas, thanks for sharing

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#3 posted 1636 days ago

Good stuff Serge, thanks for the idea.

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#4 posted 1635 days ago

That’s a smart idea Serge.


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#5 posted 1635 days ago

Smart idea. I like it much better than using small inserts.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 1635 days ago

Great Idea Serge

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#7 posted 1635 days ago

One of those “it’s so logical… why could I not have thought of that” things. Great tip.

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