|Project by EEngineer||posted 12-12-2010 12:04 AM||7813 views||8 times favorited||7 comments|
Several months ago I bought the drill press table sold by Harbor Freight. A drill press table is one of those things I always intended to build and just never got around to. When HF first offered theirs at $30 I figured I could easily spend that much on the parts for one so I just went ahead and bought it.
One feature that I had never considered and didn’t think much of when I bought it was the simple rulers attached to the table next to each of the two T-tracks that the fence attached to. As I used the table I really came to depend on those. It made setting the fence parallel to the table edge easy. If I was using a jig with the drill press, the rulers made aligning the jig for clamping to the table easy, also. Unfortunately the ones on the HF table were simple self-stick tapes that protruded slightly above the table surface. After a few months of use sliding work across the table had completely torn off one rule.
Stainless steel 12”rules were $2.25 from Grizzly. I bought two of them and routed channels so the rules sit slightly below the table surface. Two lines of Loctite epoxy holds them in place.
One thing I never liked about the table was the raw unsealed edges of MDF. The table itself was machined very nicely, would it have killed them to seal the edges? So while I had it torn down to install the rules, I sealed the edges of the table and fence with gloss black enamel I had on the shelf from another project. It looks much better now and I don’t have to worry as much about moisture ruining the table.
I had pictures of the entire process but, klutz that I am, I dropped my phone and broke the screen and they are not accessible. I’ll just have to settle for one picture of the final result.
-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"