My Drill Press Table (& mobile base)

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Project by dakotawood posted 10-31-2011 03:11 AM 16874 views 56 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Alright, I know these are a dime a dozen on this site. But I thought I’d share mine here as well. Here’s some specs:

two layers 3/4” MDF
trimmed with hard maple
chamfered edges
T-track and all hardware from Rockler
Spaced T-track 6 1/2” either side from center of bit
Fence is all MDF material with maple trim
removable 1/2” mdf insert (6”x6” square, off centered from bit so I can rotate it, made plenty of replacement inserts)
I simply sent 4 lag screws with washers from underneath to secure it to the table

Mobile Base:
Thank you DonH for the example you set for this
Simple plywood build for this
doesn’t raise DP much higher than normal
I found my Jet mortiser fits perfectly onto the base for storage

Thanks for looking!


-- Travis, South Dakota

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#1 posted 10-31-2011 03:23 AM

That’s awesome. A DP table is on my short To Do list. I like the roomy dimensions. Does it interfere with the height adjustment handle. Thanks for posting. Your going to get a back ache using that mortiser though : )

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#2 posted 10-31-2011 03:24 AM

looks great! lots of work surface there

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 10-31-2011 06:54 AM

Very nicely built prOject. The maple looks great

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#4 posted 10-31-2011 07:04 AM

Man, I hate you guys with the cool shop floors. Nice DP table too….........

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

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David Grimes

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#5 posted 10-31-2011 07:46 AM

Nice job. You will like it.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#6 posted 11-01-2011 03:05 AM

lysdexic – I put as big of chamfer edge that I could on the underside of the back of the DP table. That gave me just enough clearance for the height adj crank. I didn’t really want to do a relief cut on the right for this purpose. Gives me less than 1 inch clearance – but that’s enough to get the job done.

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#7 posted 11-01-2011 03:13 AM

This is the one design characteristic that I am playing with. My thought is if it is a problem then I may mount the table on a box or drawer for storage.The size of the box will approximate the width of the original iron table. That should give some clearance. No?

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#8 posted 11-02-2011 04:10 AM

Yes, that would solve the problem all together – and give you more storage to boot. Shoot, I’m kind of wishing I did that now!

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#9 posted 11-07-2011 04:24 AM

Great job!

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#10 posted 08-17-2013 11:32 AM

Awesome job… What did you use for a finish on the MDF?

-- freddyaudiophile, Fredericton, NB, Canada

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