Drill Press Table

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Project by FaTToaD posted 01-29-2011 10:39 PM 10709 views 64 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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...

-- David

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#1 posted 01-29-2011 11:02 PM

Hi David,

Great Job, the tables on most pillar drills are way to small for us woodworkers, so what you have done is first class.

It’s a job I too need to get done, it will have to go on the list though, I have a ton of stuff to build first.

Have fun.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#2 posted 01-29-2011 11:32 PM

I like the t-track on the side to hold things while not being used, very nice idea

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#3 posted 01-30-2011 12:23 AM

Nicely done! One of these sure makes a huge difference when using the drill press. I like the short center strip of t-track, I’ve never seen one placed there, but it looks like it could be very handy when the other hold downs can’t reach.

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#4 posted 01-30-2011 12:41 AM

I need to do this… what is best way to cut the t-tracks cleanly?

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#5 posted 01-30-2011 12:46 AM

Another great table …..I need to make one as well , but can’t decide on which style to imitate : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 01-30-2011 01:21 AM

Hey David,
Nice neat job…well done.

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#7 posted 01-30-2011 02:13 AM

Very nice job with the table – I might copy this when I get to making mine.

Also, VERY nice job with the high quality photos! Nice and crisp focus makes it really easy to copy your plans (if you don’t mind).


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#8 posted 01-30-2011 04:54 AM

Everyone, feel free to copy this all you want. I got most of my ideas from others. I can’t tell you how much that center strip helps. Since I finished this morning I’ve made a dozen or so small puzzles from scrap and it would have been a real pain with out the center track.


-- David

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#9 posted 01-30-2011 06:30 AM

Nice job, I too like the xtra track holder. The center track looks like a great idea.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#10 posted 01-30-2011 07:18 AM

David, I bought the same drill press this Christmas too. I’ve been wanting to make a table for it, but I’ve just not had the time. Yours will certainly be one of my influences when I do build it. Great table and great press.


-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#11 posted 01-30-2011 07:22 AM

Great job David. You are going to love this. A drill press table just makes the DP so much better. Great workmanship.

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#12 posted 01-30-2011 11:33 PM

Hi David, Your DP table has turned out great and the over all finish and details are a notch above my efforts. I am glad to hear that the center track feature has come in handy for You already. Also the spare track to hold your various components beneath the table is a great idea and I might barrow to upgrade mine with ! Once again, nice work. ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#13 posted 02-02-2011 07:30 AM

That’s nice! Thanks for the clever additions to the standard table. I’ll be adding those to the one I’m planning to build.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#14 posted 02-06-2011 05:31 PM


Looks great, but how do you actually attach the table to the DP. That picture would be great.
Thanks for sharing.

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#15 posted 02-09-2011 11:20 PM

very good design and construction

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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