Drill Press Enhancements

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Project by Paul Pomerleau posted 01-12-2011 11:12 PM 2803 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am just starting out in the woodworking field and for Christmas I purchased some power woodworking tools for my new shop in my empty 13’x14’ room in the basement.
I discovered this site a couple of months ago, but they were not accepting new registrations until yesterday.
In the meantime, I’ve been viewing all the projects and attempting a few on my own.
The size of my shop means that everything has to be on wheels. I had purchased a metal base with retractable wheels from a local machine store in the area and I was able to move my drill press around but I felt it wasn’t very stable or safe, and that someday an accident was going to happen.
One of the projects that I saw on this site was a mobile base from DonH and I knew that it was what I needed for my DP. Thanks Don, it’s perfect.
I had to learn Sketchup in order to draw it out. Once that was done everything went together perfectly.
The DP is bolted directly to the base, and since the wheels are tucked into holes, the DP is only about an inch higher than before and the footprint is now larger so it is much more stable.
I then went back to Sketchup and started the plans for the DP table, and once again things went together very well.
I have many more things to build and organize, but it will eventually come together.
Thanks for looking.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#1 posted 01-12-2011 11:28 PM

Excellent job !

I’m envious. I got a fairly good handle on the rudiments of SketchUp, but … because I have crappy eyes … I had to give it up. Looks like a GREAT tool for woodworkers !

I got a good price on a Rockler DP table+fence, so … my next DP project is going to be one of these:

If you can’t make it out, it’s a 1/2” plywood-based “Table Bottom Pad.” You screw it to the underside of your DP table, giving you a nice flat clamping surface.

I could have used it, a few days ago. Instead, I simply clamped a piece of scrap to each edge of the underside.

Nice work !

[Credit to ””Woodworking Wisdom: 200 Original Jigs, Shop Aids, Tool Techniques, and Projects For the Home Craftsman,” by Rosario Capotosto, c1983]

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#2 posted 01-12-2011 11:28 PM

Nice setup and welcome to LJ!

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#3 posted 01-13-2011 02:21 AM

You sound just like me, I to am new LJ and was given the green light to post yesterday. There are so many talented people to learn and share ideas with. It looks like you are off to a good start.

-- Chuck

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#4 posted 01-13-2011 05:24 PM

Welcome to LJs. Those are some great projects. As you’ve no doubt discovered, using Sketchup is a great way to work through the design process. It will be a joy to see the progress you make on your woodworking journey.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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Johnny Boy

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#5 posted 01-13-2011 10:00 PM

Great job pauljp.
I have the exact same DP and it works perfectly except I was thinking of adding a mobile base and BANG,
I saw yours !.

Can I ask you a favor ?. Do u still have the sketchup file ?.
If yes, could you please send it to me ?.

Best regards.

-- Johnny Boy

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#6 posted 07-12-2011 07:13 PM

Looks similar to something I finished up a few months ago…. The mobile base with a bigger footprint, at least on mine, makes a world of difference in stability for the drill press for sure!

Is that light integrated into the drill press or is that an add on? My DP does not have a light and I could REALLY use one!

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Paul Pomerleau

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#7 posted 07-12-2011 08:43 PM

The light is hard wired directly into the DP.
It is a Craftsman from Canadian Tire.
I didn’t buy it because of the light, but it is nice to have.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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