Drill press table

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Project by Froggy posted 03-17-2011 08:49 AM 4091 views 27 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this table as an upgrade for my cheapo drill press. Worked out pretty well, and it’s actually quite useful and convenient. Materials: 3/4” MDF with HPL on both sides, T-track that takes standard hex 1/4-20 bolts, two toggle clamps, some plywood and 1/4” MDF offcuts and assorted hardware. The fence is made of an extruded aluminium shelf from IKEA, and it can be converted between taller and shorter versions just by flipping it. The way T-tracks are located, and with offset bases for toggle clamps, I can secure almost any piece of reasonable size and shape. As you can see, with interchangeable inserts this table can be used with a sanding drum. The drawer was not originally planned—the idea just kinda materialized along the way of making the table. It’s pretty handy for keeping a chuck key, sanding drums, etc. I’ve been thinking about adding some sort of a dust collection for sanding, but I guess I am just too lazy. :) And sometimes I think I need a bigger drill press, but that’s a different story…

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#1 posted 03-17-2011 09:23 AM

This is a very nice and practical DP table and I like its functionality

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

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#2 posted 03-17-2011 12:13 PM

Froggy, this is a nice improvement on your drill press. It looks to be well designed and markedly improves the functionality and performance of your drill press.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-17-2011 01:46 PM

Thats a wonderful upgrade, now you have all the functions you need.
Good luck with this.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 03-17-2011 02:59 PM

I’m not hearing you about (not)adding dust collection! I’m extemely lazy also, which is why DC is imperative! I’m way too lazy to want to clean up all that dust afterwards (Health benefits are an added plus). Just my $0.02.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 03-17-2011 04:53 PM

Thank, everyone! Randy—I know the importance of a dust collection… I always use it on my belt/disk sander or a router table. If I use this table for sanding more often than once in a blue moon, I will most probably add it. Meanwhile, I can just clamp a vac hose with a small hood to it…

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#6 posted 03-17-2011 05:26 PM

Looks great, I really like the idea of having a drawer under the table. Wish I would have thought of that…

-- David

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#7 posted 03-19-2011 09:55 AM

Very cool. I appreciate the simplictiy of the design.

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

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#8 posted 07-27-2011 01:45 AM

I too, appreciate the simplicity of the device. I am on the hunt for ideas, Thanks.


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#9 posted 01-31-2015 07:53 PM

Outstanding! I gotta make a table for my DP one of these days.


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