Drill Press Table

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Project by JamesVavra posted 1340 days ago 3252 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 1340 days ago

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 1340 days ago

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 1340 days ago

looks solid!

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

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#4 posted 1340 days ago

Nice! That is what i need to do.

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

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#5 posted 1340 days ago

Nice job. This is on my to-do list….

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#6 posted 1340 days ago

nice work thanks for sharing

-- Duane, Ohio

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#7 posted 1339 days ago

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 1338 days ago

Handy looking table. I need to make one.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#9 posted 1338 days ago

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 1338 days ago

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 1331 days ago

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 1152 days ago

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 1149 days ago

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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