Drill Press Table

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Project by Lip posted 02-17-2008 09:21 AM 2254 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, there’s a little bit more to the story than meets the eye in this one … not long before the fall semester started, I attended an auction in Southwest Michigan … the temps were in the 90’s, I was just coming off the third shift, and I couldn’t find anyone to go with me … but the flier said there was a Delta Unisaw and a bunch of other woodworking tools up for auction so I figured what the heck. Well, as it turned out … the Unisaw was actually an 8” Delta Unisaw Jr. ... that nobody else wanted … and I couldn’t pass up for $50 (nobody else was dumb enough to take on the task of getting it out of the basement in 90 degree temps). By the time I had managed to get the saw and all the rest of the loot into my truck … it was already pretty late and the only people left at the site were some of the family members of the deceased. The daughter of the guy was pretty amazed when she found out I was alone … and had gotten the saw out of the basement without help (I looked like I had been swimming in the lake) ... so, she offered to let me have anything that was left over in the workshop … and I got some pretty nice stuff … including his workbench … and some hand tools … anyway, one of the things nobody even bid on was this old drill press … I have to admit … it’s not much of a drill press … and it wasn’t working that day … but we talked for awhile … about her dad … about my grandpa … and eventually she specifically asked me if I could do something with this drill press … she said she remembered her dad using it … but everyone from her brother to the auctioneer told her it wasn’t worth a dime … and she didn’t want to see it go to waste … well, I’m happy to report … after some tinkering … I’m happy to report that it works as well as I imagine it’s ever worked … so , I hope this one makes her old man proud!

The core of the table is made from two pieces of 1/2” MDF
The edging is 1/2” thick oak trim I picked up at the Habitat For Humanity ReStore for under a buck.
The blue laminate for the top and bottom I picked up at the ReStore for under $2 and cut out the defect
The mounting bolts and tee nuts – yup, you guessed it … Habitat for Humanity ReStore!
And in case you’re wondering … yes, the glue and adhesive for this project was picked up at the ReStore too!

What can I say, I’m a sucker for a bargain!

The fence you see is actually from my Rockler Router Table … I haven’t really used it since I got the Incra System … so figured I’d try to put it to work here. If for some reason it doesn’t end up working … I guess I’ll just have to suck it up and make my own.

-- Lip's Dysfuncational Firewood Farm, South Bend, IN

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#1 posted 02-17-2008 09:55 AM

Quite a story Lip – I’m glad that you were able to salvage that drill press. It’s always great to hear about tools ready for the scrap heap being restored and put back into service.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 02-17-2008 11:55 AM

Not only a great save, but cheep! That’s my kind of project.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 02-17-2008 02:55 PM

Lip that is a nice story to go along with your bargain. You have a nice drill press and table to go with it and it didn’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#4 posted 02-17-2008 04:02 PM

Nice story. Cheap stuff is always good.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 02-17-2008 05:22 PM

Good story, and that’s a fine looking table.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 02-17-2008 05:43 PM

Great job… I wish that I had the time to build and design like this.

-- making sawdust....

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#7 posted 02-17-2008 06:07 PM

After reading you story I determined that you made a priceless drill press to a priceless drill press. I’m sure he’s looking down saying thanks.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#8 posted 02-17-2008 08:23 PM

Love the story. Cool find!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 02-17-2008 09:56 PM

Great find and great story. He would be proud. I love finding and restoring old tools like that. I would like to see a photo of the table saw you got. I’ve never heard of a Unisaw Jr.!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 02-18-2008 04:12 AM

Great story. Nice job on the table.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 02-18-2008 08:30 AM

I think you’ll find that fence will come in very handy. Nice job!

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks,

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#12 posted 08-11-2008 05:47 PM

YOU CERTAINLY MADE A GREAT TABLE FOR THIS DRILL PRESS ! Any pix of the whole DP available ? The story was great as well and I would also like to see that Uni JR saw if possible. My email address is at the bottom of this comment if you’d like to send pix that way instead. Thank you for posting this project : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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