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Shop Improvements #2: Drill Press Table

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Project by Jim Savage posted 04-15-2010 11:42 AM 5030 views 21 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my most recent project.

I ordered the plans from WOOD. They sell plans for several different drill press tables, and they call this one the “Feature-Packed Drill Press Table”.

WOOD has teamed up with Schlabaugh and Sons to offer all of the hardware for this in a kit. I couldn’t find the kit on Schlabaugh’s website, but when I called them they knew just what I wanted. I paid a little extra for the convenience of getting the hardware all at once, but I don’t keep t-track or knobs in the shop, so it was worth it for me.

Like most drill presses, mine (a Delta benchtop model) came with a small metal table, so adding this is a big benefit. I used to just have a piece of plywood clamped to the table, but that didn’t offer a fence or any hold downs.

The only modification I made to the plans was using oak banding around the edges of the table.





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4woodturning

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#1 posted 04-15-2010 12:02 PM

very nice, i just start making tops and jigs for my tools, will keep this one in mind.

-- Jeff, Missouri ,"Just because your not bleeding, dont mean your turning safely!"..............http://www.4woodturning.com

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DoctorDan

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#2 posted 04-15-2010 12:42 PM

Very nice. My drill press terribly needs an upgraded table. Thanks for the ideas.

-- Daniel - http://theloveofwood.blogspot.com/

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Jim_CT

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#3 posted 04-15-2010 01:08 PM

Great job! I also have the ShopMaster DP. I made a small plywood table and fence, which is OK for lots of things, but your Wood magazine version seems much more useful.

-- Jim, 06812

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John Steffen

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#4 posted 04-15-2010 01:27 PM

Very nice table. I need to build one of these. What was the final cost of the hardware from Schlabaugh?

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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Viking

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#5 posted 04-15-2010 01:37 PM

Jim;

This is a very well done table and should be a big asset to your shop.

I am curious about you drill press support. I bought same one at Woodcraft and the rollers are not level with the table on my Ridgid floor drill press. My DP table is dead on with the DP quill but the support rollers, on both sides, are off by several degrees. Did you experience this? I may have just got a bad one.

Thanks!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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RexMcKinnon

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#6 posted 04-15-2010 04:10 PM

Nice table. Those roller extensions must come in handy also.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#7 posted 04-15-2010 05:19 PM

Great looking drill press table. you did an excellent job building it.The rollers are also very useful.

I have a drill press table and can’t tell you how very many times it has come in so very handy. I bought some adjustable roller extensions that clamp on to my work table next to the drill press. http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=10537&filter=roller

I Bought them (luckily on sale at the time) when I needed to use forstmer bits for a bumch of large holes on a 12 foot long board.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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DaddyZ

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#8 posted 04-15-2010 05:51 PM

Nice Table !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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NBeener

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#9 posted 04-15-2010 06:10 PM

Very nicely done !!

-- -- Neil

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Jim Savage

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#10 posted 04-16-2010 01:44 AM

Thanks for looking, everyone.

John, the hardware kit cost about $75, including shipping. (It’s item # ADP-1 at Schlabaugh.) I priced a few things in the kit, and I might have saved $10 or $15, but I would have been driving to Home Depot and ordering things from multiple websites. For example, the plans use about 85 or 90 inches of t-track. Grizzly sells 4 foot lengths for $15.99 (that’s the best deal I found among Grizzly, Rockler, and Woodcraft), so there’s $32 plus shipping right there.

Viking, my roller supports are crooked also. I have some luck pushing them into a level position, but they slip back to crooked after a while. It’s better than nothing, I guess.

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bigike

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#11 posted 04-16-2010 03:25 AM

I made the same one for my drill press and it works great i also added a vac atachment so if i want to use my drill as a spindle sander. very nice work yours came out great!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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559dustdesigns

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#12 posted 04-16-2010 10:56 AM

Look really well designed, thanks for sharing.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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Budgie

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#13 posted 04-17-2010 05:10 AM

Very nice. Looks heavy duty.

-- Bud, Central Square, NY, http://thepostnbeam.blogspot.com/

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Tuuek

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#14 posted 04-20-2010 06:28 PM

nice table

-- Kelly -- Common Sense, Isn't Common to Everyone. - Me

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