Floor Drill Press Cabinet

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Project by TLAR_Engineering posted 1501 days ago 4890 views 21 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the drill press cabinet that I made from plans out of American Woodworker magazine #78 from February 2000. It goes around my Grandfathers 1933 Delta DP220 drill press. (it got a bit of rust on it when I moved last year…gotta take care of that!) The plans required modification to fit my press, but the main idea came right out of the magazine.

Photo details:
1 Overall assembly as it sits in the shop. (nevermind the fuel splatter on the paint job…stupid mower!)
2 Note the drawers are not full depth due to the support post of the drill…but still plenty of room in there!
3 Here’s the back of the cabinet. The secret is the full depth drawer slides.

Project details:
  • Top is 24.5” wide x 23” deep x 1.5” thick (2 pieces of 3/4” plywood)
  • Main cabinet is 3/4” MDF
  • Cabinet is 38” tall x 20.5” wide x 20” deep
  • drawer slides are 20” long
  • Drawers (minus fronts) are: 17.875” wide x 11.5” deep x 5” high
  • Drawer fronts are 20.5” wide and height as required

If you are lucky enough to have a floor drill press, why not reclaim the space underneath it and build one too!


-- Anything worth worth OVER engineering!

9 comments so far

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#1 posted 1501 days ago

I have one of these on the list. Must maximize space. Nice job.

-- Marc - Tucson, AZ

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#2 posted 1501 days ago

nice job
it’s on my list

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#3 posted 1501 days ago

That is a cool idea. I especially like the way that you used those long drawer slides and it has the effect of being able to pul the drawers out further. Very cool.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#4 posted 1501 days ago

Did you put it on wheels so you could pull it away from the drill press if necessary ??? I am in the process of trying to design one of these for my garage – thanks for displaying your project if is very similar to what I have been thinking of building !!!!!! Nice Job !!!!

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#5 posted 1501 days ago

That is a neat idea! I think I’ll add that to my list also.

-- Rick, Pa. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

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#6 posted 1501 days ago

Thanks, guys. I’m happy to share my stuff.

@1yeldud1: I didn’t put any wheels on it. The original intent was for it to rest on the floor and you just drag it out of the way on those rare occasions where you need to lower the table that much. I did, however, nail some of those furniture glide thingees underneath. Works great!



-- Anything worth worth OVER engineering!

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#7 posted 1501 days ago

Good idea, thanks for posting. BTKS
Oh, and good work on the cabinet!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#8 posted 1501 days ago

Great job!! I will have to add this to my list . Never to much storage space.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#9 posted 1500 days ago

Perfect idea, I like it nice job.

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

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