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Project by Ken90712 posted 02-15-2017 09:55 AM 2589 views 6 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For a while now I’ve wanted to make this table to keep oil from getting on my wood projects as I do metal work as well. I decided to make this out of scraps I had in the shop. Its made of of 2 layers of 3/4 inch maple and trimmed out with Seaple. I made seven 1/4” thick by 3 1/2” dia. inserts. They drop in and can be quickly replaced. I used my Inlay bit set.

The way my metal table mounts on this Delta Drill Press created a challenge as I didn’t want a big box & want to be able to take it off or put it on quickly. My solution was to turn the table over, lay the metal table from the drill press on it and build a frame around it making it snug. Then I drilled four 1 inch holes and epoxied 1 inch rare earth magnets with 14 foot pounds of pull. This thing snaps into place with no movement. I dado-ed the slots in the top for the T tracks.

She comes off very quickly which prevents me from being lazy and doing metal on it. LOL I tend to get in hurry at times. I bought the track at Rockler when on sale for 1/2 off. I had Biesemeyer Fence that came with the drill press already so I used that.

Nothing fancy just a fun weekend project while doing other things that I thought I would share.

As always all comments are welcome.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"





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ken_c

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#1 posted 02-15-2017 12:29 PM

nice – one of the things I intend to do as well – did you offset the center of the insert? I plan to, that way you could rotate the insert as needed to get a fresh spot. Save some inserts – must be the Scottish coming out of me $$$$$$ :-)

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 02-15-2017 01:27 PM

Very nice Ken! Looks very professional! Like your way of avoiding “lazy” LOL!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 02-15-2017 02:28 PM

It’s too pretty. Hang it on the wall like a picture and don’t use it. lol
Nice job. I like the magnet idea.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#4 posted 02-15-2017 02:37 PM

Nice!! What Chuck said- almost too pretty to use!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 02-15-2017 02:41 PM

That is a cool table Ken. I know, I made one for metal use very very similar to this. No insert plate though. I used a piece of a laminated table. I screwed mine in but like your idea of the magnets. I may steal this idea. Thanks.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 02-15-2017 02:46 PM

Beautiful work and very well thought out. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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#7 posted 02-15-2017 03:07 PM

Thx for the kind comments everyone. Ken I did offset it like you mentioned. With that said, I didn’t think of it, I read it somewhere and thought wow that makes sense. I was just thinking about the days in high-school when you and I were in shop class together. Our instructor Mr Bryant and i still talk every year around x-mas.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 02-15-2017 06:13 PM

Nice top, equally nice cabinets under the drill press.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#9 posted 02-15-2017 06:20 PM

I need to get around to making a drill press table one of these days. I might steal your idea for attaching it. Nice work!

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#10 posted 02-15-2017 06:31 PM

Nice idea. I’ll have to re-think the one I was going to make for my Drill press.

-- Intarsia92

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#11 posted 02-15-2017 06:46 PM

I really like that table. The idea of using magnets is genius and sounds like something I will incorporate with my table. Thank you.

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#12 posted 02-15-2017 07:15 PM

I’m starting to do metal work again. I built my drill press table around mymetal working drill press. Magnets would have been good. Especially if I want to get back to the original table.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 02-15-2017 08:45 PM

good work Ken

-- bambi

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#14 posted 02-15-2017 08:47 PM

Looks good man!

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#15 posted 02-15-2017 09:46 PM

Sweet looking cabinet.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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