Drill press under cart

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Project by bluekingfisher posted 10-04-2011 10:46 PM 5644 views 21 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not a very glamourous project compared to some on here, simply just another one on my roll around cabinets in my seemingly never ending quest for storage space.

Made from 7/8” phenolic faced MDF as are most of my cabinets I thought i would share this one.

Made for underneath my DP the top extends beyond the DP pillar and the castors had to be fitted onto “wings so to clear the roll around base of the DP.

The castors were two different sizes too so some shimming was needed to bring the cabinet level.

I was trying to use up all thje scraps of ply etc in my shop so the drawer boxes are all different materials 1/2 & 3/4” ply and 5/8” melamine faced particle board. I use some shelf hinges to provide some extra support for the overhang of the top worksurface.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#1 posted 10-04-2011 10:53 PM

That is a good idea. I haven’t thought about a cabinet that clears the base so you can roll it out of the way. I also need all of the storage space that I can find in my little shop.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 10-04-2011 11:11 PM

Serge, that is a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#3 posted 10-04-2011 11:13 PM

Helluvawreck- I got the basic concept from a Woodsmith book on shop cabinets, then just adapted it for the space I had. I like the fact the top extends beyond the main pillar of the drill, plenty of space to lay things down without them rolling off.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#4 posted 10-05-2011 12:45 AM

I like it! I just bought a big drill press and need a place to put things. I think i’ll build on, give me an excuse to order those drawer slides that are on sale. what material did you use?

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 10-05-2011 01:38 AM

That is a good idea. Nice job.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 10-05-2011 06:42 AM

Hey pal,

Stellar idea on the drill press cabinet. It’ll give you plenty of storage for all the tools and things that you will have (buy) to fill it up….lol. Good use of shop scraps, too, and a good way to roll it away when not needed. The more things a person can make mobil, the easier it is to keep the shop clean, too. Excellent idea, and a good build…...enjoy, my friend….. Oh, and I owe you an email… I’ve been tied up for a few days. You’re getting the shop furniture whipped out…Looking good… Keep up the nice work…....Later, my friend…

-- My grandpa used to say: "Y'all come back when you can....come after dinner, and leave before supper.."

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#7 posted 10-05-2011 09:37 AM

Thanks for the feedback fellahs.

Don – Its a Phenolic laminate faced MDF boards which I bought as off cuts from a guy on Ebay. They were literally pennies. I think the guy gets the from a kitchen manufacturing shop in the work unit next to him. They were about 54” x 21” so big enough to build these small cabinets It’s 7/8” thick so quite heavy but with the castors rolls around real easy. I would have preferred to have locking castors but I only had the swivel ones in the scraps box. I just used the scarp ply for the drawer boxes.

Hi Rick – You’re right on the storage, I already have the drawers filled, well almost, I hate stuff lying around on the tops of cabinets and worksurfaces because as sure as eggs are eggs everytime you need to lay something down there is omething else in the way…and I just can’t get my dusting done….lol

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#8 posted 10-05-2011 03:52 PM

Very smart, Looks great as well. Blends in nicely with your Jets!

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

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#9 posted 10-05-2011 10:40 PM

Thanks Ken, yep I got a bit of a JET theme going. Thanks for the feedback

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#10 posted 11-07-2011 03:47 AM

Will thought out and great storage. Thanks for sharing!

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 08-06-2012 08:47 PM

Ideas for my build stolen, thank you for the inspiration!

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#12 posted 08-07-2012 07:56 AM

Glad to be of assistance – I think I stole the idea from someone else!

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#13 posted 11-20-2013 02:41 AM

This is great – I’m often drilling many copies of the same part, this would hold them all with plenty of top surface, but still keep the DP table clear for drilling. And roll out of the way when I do occasionally need to lower the DP table. Thanks for building/posting – this I shall copy.

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