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Project by gauntlet21 posted 11-11-2018 04:28 PM 636 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

When I first purchased my Delta Drill Press in January 2018, I was very ambitious to get it up and running. I built a very simplistic fence made out of a piece of jointed and planed cherry (3/4” tall x 2-1/4” deep x 20” wide) and two T-bolts and 5 star knobs. It served it’s purpose until now but as I have advanced my skills in drilling (almost exclusively woodworking types of drilling), I needed more out of my fence. I had attached a Bessey toggle clamp to the top of the fence that assisted me about 30% of the time because it could only be used when there was a large enough piece to be drilled that it could be clamped. I used a Kreg clamp paired with a Peachtree Woodworking “drill press adapter” in conjunction with the Bessey toggle clamp (when possible) to hold down the workpiece to be drilled. There were multiple disadvantages to this setup and I needed something better.

Link to old drill press system:
https://imgur.com/a/lbqZhyL

I own the two sizes of Whiteside T-Slot Router Bits that allow you to form a T-Slot for either 5/16” or 1/4” t-bolts and nuts and wanted to make a new fence utilizing some well placed t-slots and clamps, hold downs, jigs, etc. I was at Rockler and saw the Kreg Flip Up Stop and Hold Down and thought that would be robust and functional. After purchasing just the Kreg Flip Stop, I noticed that the t-slots I could make weren’t going to be the best option for the Kreg Flip Stop since there is a unique interface on both the Kreg T-Traks and the Kreg Flip Stop. I then purchased the entire Kreg Precision Trak and Stop kit which includes an excessive number of pieces for a drill press but will be just perfect for my drill press and a new miter saw station. I shaped a new piece of cherry wood to the required dimensions to fit the Kreg T-Trak. Considering the Kreg T-Trak covers the top edge of the fence, I needed a second board to attach to the back of the fence so that I could add a couple t-bolts and knobs to lock the fence in place on the drill press table. That second piece was cut to roughly the same size as the fence (slightly smaller) and holes were drilled and countersunk to fit two t-bolts and knobs. The two pieces were joined using my brand new Dowelmax dowel jig. I was amazed at how well the Dowelmax jig is and how precise the joint aligned. I cleaned up some squeeze-out and re-jointed the bottom edge and bottom face of the two joined pieces so they now lie perfectly flat on the drill press table.

All that was left was to attach the adhesive ruler, the Kreg Flip Stop/Hold Down, and the Kreg Stop and the project was complete. Now I have a much more capable system that allows me to adjust my stops and hold downs. Originally, I was content with the standard Delta drill press table but after seeing some intuitive YouTube videos on drill press tables, I think I will build one and add some additional T-Slots that allow for additional clamps and jigs. Having a more versatile drill press table/fence/system expands the original capabilities of the drill press by many magnitudes.

Here are some links to the items I mentioned. I am in no way endorsing, promoting, selling, or affiliated with any of these products and/or companies. I’m simply a consumer of their products that paid full retail price for them and have been pleased with their performance thus far.

Peachtree Woodworking – Drill Press Adapter
https://www.ptreeusa.com/clamp_drill_press.htm

Woodcraft – Kreg Precision Trak and Stop Kit
https://www.woodcraft.com/products/kreg-precision-trak-and-stop-kit-kreg-kms8000

Dowelmax Classic
https://www.dowelmax.com/product/classic-3-8-dowel-jig-system/

Thanks,

Dan





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#1 posted 11-14-2018 02:30 AM

I like the design. I hope you enjoy using it

-- AJ

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