Drill Press Table

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Project by ivan posted 04-28-2011 06:19 AM 2567 views 9 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is yet another drill press table project. I’ll post it in the off chance that it will be of help to others. I want to thank all the other members that posted their table projects. I copied many of their ideas into my table and I’m grateful to them. While my table is nowhere as nicely built as many of the other ones it works great and is well worth the effort.

The tabletop measures 22” wide by 19” deep and is made up of a bottom layer of 3/4” ply and a top of 3/4” MDF. I used MDF on top for flatness and also because it is exactly 3/4” thick and if I have to replace the inserts it will be easy to match the thickness. I edge trimmed it in cherry.

The size was determined by my scrape but I am very happy with it as my shop is Supper small. I almost didn’t cut the angles on the front corners, but they make a big difference in the ease of moving around the table. I have a 5” bottom box that lets my hand clear the table top when cranking it up and down. A drawer is planned but will come later.

A special thanks to “SEE” for his short fences, I plan on doing another one with the T-track soon. I also made my center insert 4”x4” and set it OFF center so I can rotate it and flip it for clean support, 8 plus spots with one insert!

Thanks again, I love this forum!

-- Ivan, Bay Area, California

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#1 posted 04-28-2011 07:13 AM

Looks good. I bet a drawer would come in handy…....

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 04-28-2011 09:42 AM

Nice work they sure make things go easier.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 04-28-2011 05:56 PM

Good looking table. How did you get the wood look finish on the MDF top?

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#4 posted 04-29-2011 04:34 AM

Hi and thanks for the comments! As soon as I have some time I’ll make the drawer. As for that special wood grain looking finish. ;-) Here is the way to do it.
1. Start with some shellac and make sure you use a small 1” foam brush
2. Then start on the bottom and insides of the box first. This helps to break in the foam brush.
3. By the time I turned the table over and started applying finish to the top, that brush (make sure to only use one) was about falling apart so then you have to use a side scrubbing stroke.
4. This leaves irregular streaks on the MDF and after trying to go over it a second and third time to get the streaks out, you get a beautiful wood grain effect.

This was my first time using shellac and I may have been doing it wrong.

-- Ivan, Bay Area, California

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#5 posted 05-06-2011 07:32 AM

I just finished the drawer for under the table. I used an over extended glide for the rails so the drawer comes out from under the overhang of the table. The glides were more expensive than the rest of the table put together! But they are real nice.

In the last photo, I show my insert turned around so I have a clean surface to back up to. Next I’ll flip it over and use the other side. Thanks again for all of your comments and inspiration.

-- Ivan, Bay Area, California

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