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Project by JayZiggaZeus posted 07-09-2018 05:51 PM 1092 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Detailed write up on my blog: http://xylotekniche.com/2016/02/01/drill-press-table/.

Built a large drill press table with a fence system made out of 8020 extruded alumnium. Fence gets tightened down in the back to the table’s T-Track system. Extended the drill press height adjustment towards the end of the table. Also included stop blocks with T-bolts that slide into the 8020 fence nicely. Made several sacrificial boards out of MDF. Went with an offset circular sacrificial board so I could rotate the sacrificial board whenever a part of it gets chewed up.





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splintergroup

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#1 posted 07-09-2018 07:04 PM

Some real detail work there! Love the table height crank extension.

The acreage of surface area and apparent abundant supply of awesome extrusions really make this a winner. Nice!

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BurlyBob

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#2 posted 07-09-2018 09:51 PM

That’s an awesome looking drill press table. You must do a lot of serious drilling. I’ve seen that circular board before and thought it a fantastic idea.

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GR8HUNTER

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#3 posted 07-09-2018 09:56 PM

love the inserts and the crank handle … GREAT TABLE :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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JayZiggaZeus

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#4 posted 07-09-2018 10:08 PM



That s an awesome looking drill press table. You must do a lot of serious drilling. I ve seen that circular board before and thought it a fantastic idea.

- BurlyBob

Bob, thanks! I was doing repetitive drilling on long boards and stock of different media (anywhere from wood, metal, and plastic). Needed something that could support the longer stock and I wanted some extra surface area to put most of my stock on.

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pottz

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#5 posted 07-09-2018 10:33 PM

cool table,i lve those circular inserts and i gotta steal the extended handle idea,easier that reaching under every time.your gonna fit in real well here.i like the way you hit the ground running.nice job on the bandsaw too.

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

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therealSteveN

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#6 posted 07-09-2018 11:33 PM

WOW that thing is just a wee bit smaller than Rhode Island. Looks 4 square, and ready to work.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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KimAccurso

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#7 posted 07-09-2018 11:36 PM

That is a great drill press table and I really like the crank extension. Will be checking out your blog to see how you did that. I think my drill press table needs an upgrade after seeing this. Nicely done.

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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woodbutcherbynight

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#8 posted 07-10-2018 01:41 AM

Nice build. Very creative idea with extending the crank handle to where it is more accessible.

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

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#9 posted 07-10-2018 12:25 PM

Excellent table. Thanks for the thorough and well-written blog as well. I do have one question though… What is the purpose of having the 8020 on the side? I understand it’s to keep the fence perpendicular to the edge of the table. But why? Just curious.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 07-10-2018 01:33 PM

You did a very nice job on this drill press table. It will be a fine addition to your shop.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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JayZiggaZeus

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#11 posted 07-10-2018 03:25 PM


Excellent table. Thanks for the thorough and well-written blog as well. I do have one question though… What is the purpose of having the 8020 on the side? I understand it s to keep the fence perpendicular to the edge of the table. But why? Just curious.

- HokieKen

Ahhh…good eye, Ken. Yeah, that was a bit excessive to even have that at all (built this about 3-4 years ago). I may actually remove it, since it does get in the way with the extended crank handle. There’s really absolutely no added benefit to it. I was just OCD about keeping any and all fences perfectly perpendicular at the time, and realized afterwards that this was pointless for drilling holes.

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HokieKen

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#12 posted 07-10-2018 03:55 PM

I figured that was probably the case ;-) I did the same thing with my router table fence originally until I realized it didn’t matter. Still looks cool on your’s even if it doesn’t really serve a purpose!

Just a thought for you but, if you drill holes through the extrusion to lock the fence instead of using the L-brackets, you could lay it down for the times when you need it close enough to the chuck that you have clearance issues.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Plasmon360

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#13 posted 07-10-2018 05:38 PM

Nice build. I like the extension of the crank.

How about an extension for the locking mechanism that is on other side? you have any plans for that? reaching for that every time I change the height of the table has been a problem for me.

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JayZiggaZeus

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#14 posted 07-10-2018 07:10 PM



I figured that was probably the case ;-) I did the same thing with my router table fence originally until I realized it didn t matter. Still looks cool on your s even if it doesn t really serve a purpose!

Just a thought for you but, if you drill holes through the extrusion to lock the fence instead of using the L-brackets, you could lay it down for the times when you need it close enough to the chuck that you have clearance issues.

- HokieKen

OMG, YES! I’ve actually had issues where the fence was too tall. Genius! Love it!


Nice build. I like the extension of the crank.

How about an extension for the locking mechanism that is on other side? you have any plans for that? reaching for that every time I change the height of the table has been a problem for me.

- Plasmon360

Yeah extending that could be a bit tricky. It has been a pain. Could do the same thing, and cut threads at the end of a rod to give me the same capability. Another issue is when I do remove the drill press table, I lose my crank handle for vertical movement. I have a few ideas as to how I can over come that in the future, but not my top priority for now.

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oldrivers

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#15 posted 07-10-2018 09:02 PM

That is a mighty fine Drill Press Table (On my Bucket list) the elevation extension is super addition, will save lot of shinned knuckles.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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