Drill Press Table

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Project by JamesVavra posted 12-18-2010 11:15 PM 4670 views 19 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this project about six months ago by laminating two thicknesses of 3/4” melamine-faced chipboard together and then routing out a recess for a replaceable insert. The table is about 16” x 20” x 1.5”.

Since I’ve finally finished all of the Christmas project, I decided to finish the drillpress table. Today I installed all of the t-slots, built the fence and stop block, cut out hold downs, and mounted it on the existing table.

The fence is about 4” high and an 1.5” thick. I’ve got a shot of underneath to show the method I used to mount it to the table – scraps of lattice molding and half-inch plywood on all four sides of the table.

The hold downs work pretty well, but I’ll probably need to make some additional ones in different sizes – they only work on things up to about an inch thick.


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#1 posted 12-18-2010 11:38 PM

Very nice table James. Is it bolted to the existing table or are the plywood edges holding it in place… or both? Looks like it will really function well. I need to update mine like this. Good job!

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#2 posted 12-18-2010 11:53 PM

To attach it, I removed the cast iron table, set it upside down on the upside down table, and then installed the plywood brackets. It’s not bolted – the plywood brackets hold it really well on their own.


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#3 posted 12-18-2010 11:57 PM

looks solid!

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#4 posted 12-19-2010 12:01 AM

Nice! That is what i need to do.

-- Al, South E. Az., But it's a dry heat.

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#5 posted 12-19-2010 12:33 AM

Nice job. This is on my to-do list….

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#6 posted 12-19-2010 06:00 AM

nice work thanks for sharing

-- Duane, Ohio

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#7 posted 12-19-2010 05:39 PM

Just got added to my to-do list as well. Thanks for sharing!

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#8 posted 12-20-2010 07:05 PM

Handy looking table. I need to make one.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#9 posted 12-20-2010 07:15 PM

Fantastic job !

In the interests of time, and … because it was on sale … I bought the Rockler DP fence/table.

The miter slot track, though, was screwed into the MDF table top. A wee bit of clamping pressure pulled the screws right out of the MDF.

They sent me a replacement top, but … I’m either going to secure the track with a nut and bolt or simply epoxy it down.

In other words … how is your track set into the table ???

-- -- Neil

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#10 posted 12-20-2010 07:25 PM

Neil – I roughed up the bottom of the track with some sandpaper and then epoxied it down. I also put some #4×1” screws through pre-drilled holes in the track – about every 6” or so.


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#11 posted 12-27-2010 06:20 PM

I have been thinking about one of these, but can not find the T track at any of my local stores. Where did you buy yours at?

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#12 posted 06-25-2011 04:36 PM

Rockler sells some nice t-track. It works with 1/4-20 hex bolts and 1/4-20 and 5/16-18 t-bolts.

For the clamps I would just use longer bolts.

What I would do for t-track mounting, is counterbore the bottom a bit and use small machine screws and nuts. Like the woodpecker’s dp table.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#13 posted 06-27-2011 05:29 PM

Nice job on this DPT….how’s it working out for you ? Any changes or upgrades that you would do on it ?
Thanks : )

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