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Project by Chase posted 1198 days ago 3371 views 20 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yet another drill press table based on designs I have seen around. I had a 1.5” piece of particle board that was bolted to the metal (this is an old craftsman machinists drill press) table. This provided a thick solid base to attach everything else to. Features in this design include:

Lots of T track
Moveable fence with track and cam lock down
Hold down clamps
Stop blocks
Removable ZCI for clean through holes
An under table shelf for accessories

I have made the insert large enough and centered enough to handle some of my sanding drums meaning i can turn this into a little shaper if need be. Probably the only thing i will add is a flexible dust collection arm at some point. Need to run vacuum across the shop first though.

-Chase

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.





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christopheralan

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#1 posted 1198 days ago

Very nice! May you get years and years of use!

-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com

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JerseyJoe

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#2 posted 1198 days ago

Looks Good Chase. I hope you don’t mind I might borrow the idea. Thanks Joe

-- Joe Massanova, Somerdale, NJ

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Kenns

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#3 posted 1198 days ago

This is a great project. I’ve always wanted to make something like this for my drill press. I’m forever creating a temporary edge gage or clampy thingy or something to position my work. I like your design. What did you use for the adjustment slots? Kreg rails?

-- Then, Than, Their, There, They're, To, Too, Two.....Pine, Maple, Walnut....We need to know the difference.....

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Chase

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#4 posted 1198 days ago

I started with the kreg mini rails, but they only accept 1/4” nut heads as far as i can tell. I quit that and moved on to the rockler universal T track. It will do 1/4 bolt heads, 1/4 T-bolts and 5/16 T-Bolts. They have a sale for now on their 4’ with an assortment of knobs and bolts for 20 bucks.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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Jack Barnhill

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#5 posted 1198 days ago

I have been gathering ideas for a DP table for my rebuilt Grizzly 7947. I like the looks of this one Chase. Ample table size and storage too.

One thing I haven’t decided on is whether to make the T-track vertical, horizontal (so to speak) or both as you have done. I can picture uses for each way. Once I decide that, then I have to decide where exactly to put them on the table. How did you decide on your configuration?

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com

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Chase

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#6 posted 1197 days ago

Well the one set is about 14inches wide. It was about 2/3 the width of the fence which seemed right to me at the time. The other ones that run part of the length of the table are about in line with the drill center. I figured if I needed them for either stop blocks or hold downs that being in line was a good place. the only thing about holding that stuff down is that it takes a little #6 screw. i broke a few heads, so drill a centered hole and hand screw them in.

The only thing I might do is add a track centered in the table to help hold smaller pieces and other jigs like my V blocks for drilling dowels.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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Jack Barnhill

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#7 posted 1197 days ago

Thanks for the info. I’ll keep that it in mind when I start designing my DP table.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com

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DamnYankee

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#8 posted 1189 days ago

As I was using my drill press to day I was saying I REALLY need to get around to building a table for my drill press. This one gives me some ideas.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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Douglas

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#9 posted 1187 days ago

Looks great, and just the approach I would take… I haven’t built one yet, as I’m still using a bench drill press, and can’t decide if it’s worth the trouble to build a table for it, or just make the jump to a floor standing DP. I’m still doing clamps and angle aluminum for my temp DP fences.

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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Clem_in_GA

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#10 posted 1131 days ago

Hi Chase, interesting. I am also searching for ideas. Nice job.

Clem

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