First Project: Table for Drill Press

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Project by Matt posted 1203 days ago 1894 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project. I decided to take the plunge and learn woodworking. Having always wanted to start, I quit wanting and just did. Making a bunch of stuff for my shop seemed to be a good way of learning some basic technique on inexpensive material.
This drill press stand is made of MDF, and some scrap wood that I inherited from an estate. The drawer is made of a couple maple. That was the toughest part. I look at drawers completely different now.
My next project will be a router table.

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#1 posted 1203 days ago

Looks good Matt; welcome to LJ’s!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#2 posted 1203 days ago

Looks really nice. Doesn’t look anything like a first project to me. I have yet to work up the nerve to tackle a drawer on anything and yours looks great. Thanks for posting.

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#3 posted 1203 days ago

If you want more practice, I need a drill press table, router table, TS Sled, Circle cutting jig for band saw and the list goes on…...

Nice “First Project”!

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

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#4 posted 1203 days ago

I hate building drawers.

-- When questioned about using glue on a garbage bin I responded, "Wood working is about good technique and lots of glue........I have the glue part down."

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#5 posted 1203 days ago

I love first projects.

I think mine was a butt joint.

No. It wasn’t part of a piece of furniture, or anything. I think I just nailed together two boards at right angles.

Badly, I might add.

Very nice way to introduce yourself, here. Welcome !!!

I agree: a DP table is a WONDERFUL addition to that handsome Delta DP ! I bought mine (shouldn’t have. Easy build), but it adds a LOT of versatility to my DP.

Even simple “clamping blocks” that can go underneath the table, and give you a flat surface to which you can clamp “object boards” is a great addition…..

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 1203 days ago

nice job and looks good. I just hope it holds up the wieght of that drill press.. It would be awful if it fell over on you

-- eat crap

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#7 posted 1203 days ago

Mattf Hello! I liked that his draft, the drawer is very useful accessories for the drill! Congratulations!

-- António Guerreiro

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#8 posted 1203 days ago

Dandy first project. You did very well with it and now the fun has just begun.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#9 posted 1203 days ago

Yeah, I agree. That does not look like a first project!
If that’s your first…watch out…can’t wait to see what you’ll be making a year from now.

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#10 posted 1203 days ago

I wish my first project had looked this good. Dang, I wish my last project had looked this good.

-- I grow ever more accomplished at turning a perfectly good piece of wood into sawdust.

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#11 posted 1203 days ago

as a first is very cool
well done

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

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#12 posted 1203 days ago

Thanks for all the positive comments! I took the perfect picture to hide all of the flaws.

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#13 posted 1200 days ago

First project??? Holy Crap brother that looks great.

-- Harold

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#14 posted 967 days ago

great first project. learning to hide or fix flaws, is what woodworking is all about.haha

-- measure twice,cut once,hope for the best

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