The Little Drill Press That Could

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Project by Holbs posted 03-07-2017 04:55 AM 2335 views 15 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a worthy dedicated home for my drill press and bits. After finishing my miter saw with fold out wing project, I used nearly the same structure with the addition of a backwall & top shelf. I was trying to gather ideas for a drill press mobile cart but saw nothing in regards to a back wall or over head shelf so tried this out. Laminated 2×4’s at the 4 corners with 3/4” plywood walls to give that super stable fit all around. Drawers underneath to hold my screws & bolts and misc. Unsure what to do with the unused space as of yet but it’s there for future. I snagged a doctor’s examination table with 2 slide out foot pedestals for $20, which means 4×300lb rated drawer slides, which I used here. French cleats along the back wall to hold my bits and stuff with gauge holes to help eyeball needs. Uptop you can see hand tools in 3” pvc and battery charger storage. All in all, I’m happy with how this turned out, it isn’t pretty but functional so I can move on. Leaves room for future accessory additions.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#1 posted 03-07-2017 01:03 PM

I saw (but didn’t comment) on this project as you posted the along-the-way posts. But this thing came out great in the end.

Something similar to this could be useful for a lot of other tools too. Bench grinder comes to mind.

Nice job

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#2 posted 03-07-2017 01:24 PM

Looks grrrrr8! I like the forstner bit windows.

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#3 posted 03-07-2017 03:07 PM

super organization

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#4 posted 03-07-2017 03:53 PM

You did a nice job on this drill press stand. BTW, I have a full sized drill press but I also have a small drill press which I use for special setups. One of the things that I used it for was to accurately drill some holes in a sample of a consumer product. It required accurate end hole. I quickly built a special setup on my large assembly table. and simply clamped the grill press to the assembly table. It worked like a charm.

It would have been impossible with a larger drill press. You did a nice job on your drill press stand.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 03-07-2017 04:25 PM

Great use of space! Keeping all the drill related accessories in one place where its easily seen/grabbed will be a great addition to your shop.

-- Bert, Lake City, FL

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#6 posted 03-07-2017 09:32 PM

i gotta tell ya holbs this is the most tricked out drill press cart ive ever seen,youve got every bell and wistle covered.great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#7 posted 03-07-2017 09:40 PM

I hope you don’t mind if I use a lot of your ideas when I build mine! Nice job.

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#8 posted 03-08-2017 01:56 AM

Charles…before starting this drill press cart, I seriously considered going for a 17” drill press or even a radial drill press. Seems I missed out on the popular Porter Cable 17” drill press on sale at Home Depot a couple years back for $299? :( This little 10” has served me well enough it deserved a worth while home.

Joe…the bottom structure is nearly identical to my miter saw mobile cart
with the added longer back rails to support a plywood backing and top shelf. I’ll be doing another nearly identical setup for my Grizzly G1014Z combo sander because I really like how rigid and stout this structure is with laminated 2×4’s and 3/4” dado for plywood walls. As I said in some other post, I had a history of making some REALLY shabby twisting flexible carts in my past that I was tired of. my guest. This is made out of simple 2×4’s and plywood. Even the drawers look crappy :) As someone who values real estate in my garage workshop, I just figured more square footage attached to the cart for all the bits and drill press stuff, the better. BTW, I made the height 1” lower than my garage door frame incase it ever goes outside or I move.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#9 posted 03-08-2017 02:58 AM

Thanks for showing that….. I need to do something like that soon…

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#10 posted 03-08-2017 02:41 PM

I really like the idea of adding the back wall and top shelf. Like you, space in my shop is at a premium.

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#11 posted 03-08-2017 07:59 PM

Good thinking – awesome looking drill press set and very well organized. Everything is on hand.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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