|Project by FaTToaD||posted 01-29-2011 10:39 PM||9467 views||62 times favorited||17 comments|
Over Christmas I got my very first drill press. It wasn’t long after I began using it that I realized why everyone has a drill press table. These things sure are handy.
I got my design by combining several I’d seen here on LumberJocks, mainly Robsshop's. Thanks Rob, I really liked the idea of having a third t-track running up the middle. I’ve already used it a couple times when drilling small parts.
The main table is made from formica covered plywood I got for free, surrounded by some figured redwood scraps. The 5”x5” MDF ZCI is slightly offset so I can rotate it when using small to medium sized bits.
I had everything on hand to make the table except the hold-downs and t-tracks, which I got on sale at Rockler. To darken up the redwood I applied a couple coats of danish oil followed by paste wax.
After I finished putting everything together I got the idea of adding a couple leftover sections of t-track to store my stop blocks and hold-downs when not in use. I wish I would have thought of this sooner so I could have placed them in a dado in the redwood. Instead I just epoxied and screwed them to the side, which works just as well. Take a look at the last two pictures to seen what i mean.
I certainly made some mistakes but overall I’ve very pleased with the results. This is my first use of my stacked dado set and my first use of t-tracks.
Thanks for looking, any comments or feedback would be appreciated!
P.S. – The smaller dog in the fourth picture is the one that ate my ROS cord...