Benchtop Drill Press Table

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Project by PocketHole69 posted 07-03-2010 06:30 AM 9250 views 18 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I put this table for my Delta 12” benchtop drill press tonight out of leftover cuts from my router table project and a universal holddown kit from Rockler.

I looked at some other plans online and just kinda winged it with the leftover cuts I had on hand. I got to break my router table’s cherry making the dados for the t-track.

It has two hold downs, an adjustable fence, and a stop block for repeat holes. Its small and sized for benchtop drill press at 18” x 12”, but it sure beats the 8”x8” stock table. It’s held on to the press with T-bolts through the stock table slots and into pinch blocks with knobs, which holds it super tight. and level.

Much to my wife’s dismay, I had to buy a set of forstner bits to counter sink the t-bolt heads :)

I haven’t really decided what I’m going to do about the “drill area” in the center- I know this area is going to get worn out, so I’m thinking about routing it out and making some replaceable inserts to put in there. Thats a little beyond my skill level right now though, so I’ll handle it down the road when the table starts getting worn and I’ve gotten a little better at routing and jig-sawing.

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

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#1 posted 07-03-2010 06:48 AM

I like it. I’m still setting up my first “decent” table saw. I think a drill press will be my nextb toy. :-)

-- SW la.

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#2 posted 07-03-2010 06:56 AM

Looks good. just needs an insert.

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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#3 posted 07-03-2010 10:39 AM

Nice addition to the Drill Press indeed!

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

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#4 posted 07-03-2010 12:35 PM

Looks really nice – I’ve got to do something similar with mine. Those are some quality holddowns too.

-- -- Mike

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#5 posted 07-03-2010 12:45 PM

Very nice, what a great set up.

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#6 posted 07-03-2010 05:11 PM

great job. beats the small stock table by a ton

-- AJJ, Eugene OR

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#7 posted 07-03-2010 09:26 PM

Proper job. Good table.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#8 posted 07-03-2010 10:15 PM

Nice idea and job! Could you cut out a section of the top and just set the replacement inserts in the cut-out? Wouldn’t the insert rest on the DP’s metal table? Just a thought.

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#9 posted 07-04-2010 07:46 AM

Nice table. I would put the insert.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 07-04-2010 04:16 PM

Looks good. Once I get a decent working drill press I want to make one of these as well.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#11 posted 01-12-2013 09:53 AM

Great Table, I am hoping to make something similar for my delta benchtop drill press. My biggest concern is how to deal with the hand crank to make the table move up and down…. I have done a couple of make shift stops and tables for it, and the hand crank always make it such a pain….. Did you have this problem at all?

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