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Project by Don posted 2742 days ago 7511 views 36 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most drill presses were designed for metal work. I find the standard table on most drill presses just too small for woodworking and the lack of a fence against which to register a piece of wood severely limits the accuracy and repeatability that I need.

So I decided to make some modifications to my drill press table along the lines of a variety of commercially available modifications that I’d seen in woodworking magazines. The one that impressed me most was the table from Woodpeckers.

I used MDF for the table and fence and aluminum sail track instead of the more expensive track available from woodworking suppliers. The large surface on my table makes it easy to manage my wood. You will note the two ‘wings’ at each side of the table. These move with the fence. The white insert is cut from one of those white plastic cutting boards.

You might have seen my use of ‘sail track’ in my post on my bandsaw table modifications. Don’t confuse this aluminum sale track with more expensive T-Track. [See my comment below to Obi to clarify this.]

The T-track shown below is similar to, but not exactly like the ‘aluminum sail track’ that I used in this drill press table or my bandsaw table. The outside corners in the sail track are slightly radiused.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/





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Obi

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#1 posted 2742 days ago

Hold on, I just added the t-track to my sled, and I only had 8 feet. I can only do so much.

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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 2742 days ago

and the light bulb appears over my head

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 2742 days ago

Were do you get the sail track ?

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Karson

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#4 posted 2742 days ago

Don: I can’t tell in the picture but is the left and right fence attached together or do they move separately.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Don

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#5 posted 2742 days ago

Quote Dick: Were do you get the sail track ?

Dick, in Melbourne there is an aluminum supplier that sells Aluminum in all shapes and zizes. I bet if you do a Google search in your area you will find something similar. As a matter of fact, the drawing in my post is from here in the US.

Quote Karson: I can’t tell in the picture but is the left and right fence attached together or do they move separately.

Karson the MDF fence is bolted to a right angle piece of aluminum for rigidity and to maintain the 90 degree angle. I’ll take a phot of it and post it later so you can see it more clearly. This runs the full width of the fence and makes it one piece. I cut down the MDF to allow for the chuck.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Obi

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#6 posted 2742 days ago

Dick,
If you’re talking about the T-track you can get it from Rockler

Most of these woodworking links are on my site

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Don

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#7 posted 2741 days ago

Karson, here’s the picture that I promised previously with some detail of the fence showing more clearly. This shot is from the rear of the table and shows the aluminum angle bolted to the MDF fence. Note the cut-out to fit both the drill chuck and the vertical drill-press post. The post cut-out allows you to move the fence right back.

Obi, the T-Track extrusions that are purpose designed for these kinds of jigs are very costly compared to aluminum sail track. I can purchase a 4 meter (13’) length for US$8.54. Try and beat that.

The two inner tracks (not being used in these pictures) are for hold-downs.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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MsDebbieP

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#8 posted 2741 days ago

Don – you are brilliant. I love your creative mind.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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MsDebbieP

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#9 posted 2667 days ago

this came up in “the shuffle” and I’m glad to have found it. We now have a drill press and when I used it the other day to make holes in the drawers I was making I had a hard time making sure that the locations matched in each one. This really would have helped me.

Onto the ” to do list” it goes!
Thanks Don.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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MsDebbieP

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#10 posted 2622 days ago

the latest Busy Bee Tools flyer came in the mail yesterday and it has a Drill Press Table on sale for $35 Can.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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mot

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#11 posted 2622 days ago

Another great post comes up in pulse.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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oscorner

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#12 posted 2621 days ago

Don, that is a spectacularly made table and fence. Were you able to make if for under the $99 that Woodpeckers’ sells for? Why did you feel the needed four “T” tracks instead of two?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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WayneC

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#13 posted 2621 days ago

Rockler currently has 4' T Track kits on sale for $10.99. Order off of the internet or print the ads and take them into your local store.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Don

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#14 posted 2621 days ago

Mark, firstly, you have to remember that the Australian dollar is only worth $.83 at best (when I made this table the AUD was only US$73.00). Thant means that a US$99.00 translated to approximately AU$136.00. Add to that international delivery charges which usually amount to the cost of the item, and conceivably, I could be looking at AU$276.00.

So It becomes obvious why I make my own jigs where feasible. This one cost me about AU$35.00

As for the four tracks; the two center tracks are for hold-downs, the two outside tracks are for the fence adjustment.

Hope this helps.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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David

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#15 posted 2621 days ago

Dick -

Thank goodness for Shuffle! Somehow I missed this little gem – I am glad it is circulating again. I need to build something similar so this is very timely. How is your table attached to the drill press table?

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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