Drill Press Table

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Project by emptyjay posted 01-08-2012 03:55 AM 4067 views 24 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this drill press table about a year ago. It is made of laminated MDF with a solid maple edge. The fence and hold downs ride in t-slots in the table. These slots frequently become clogged with dust, which is pretty annoying. Another annoying aspect of the design is that the drill press crank (for lifting and lowering the table) hits the edge of the table when in use. I need to fashion some sort of smaller replacement crank to solve this problem.

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T. D. Reid

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#1 posted 01-08-2012 04:05 AM

Nice Job! I need to build one but it’s funny how unappreciated the drill press is. It has to be the un-sexiest tool in our shops and none of us would be without ours. Maybe one of these days I will get around to building mine. Thanks for sharing.

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#2 posted 01-08-2012 04:50 AM

a super drill press table ,there’s always the little hitches we have to iron out.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 01-08-2012 05:06 AM

Fine job on the drill press table, like the box joints

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 01-08-2012 05:38 AM

Well done, something that every drill press needs.

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

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#5 posted 01-08-2012 09:19 AM

I made a table for my drill press, but on a smaller scale than yours. I just cut off a 45 degree angle on the back corner for clearance of the crank handle. And yes, I agree that theT-slots always getting clogged with sawdust and chips is a bit annoying. You did a very nice job on your table.. great work.




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#6 posted 01-08-2012 09:35 AM

Very nice one. I love the box joint finish. Try to hook on your shop vacuum to reduce the dust clogging. Drill Press Table is one of the items in my project list I plan to build soon. Trev’s idea of a cut off on the back for clearnace of the crank handle is excellent. Thanks Trev.


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#7 posted 01-08-2012 02:46 PM

It looks like a nice sturdy table. Good work.


-- 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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#8 posted 01-08-2012 03:14 PM

Every time I use my drill press I say I need to make one of these. I really like your set up. Noticed the slots are wider on the ends…good idea. Thanks for the heads up on the aspects you are not so happy with…it gives us a heads up when making ours. Putting this on my plans for 2012

-- Bevy - NH

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#9 posted 01-08-2012 04:28 PM

I’ll add this to my favorites and my to do list…..

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#10 posted 01-08-2012 04:57 PM

that’s a nice looking table, really. nice to have it big but i hear you about the crank getting in the way. i’ve heard of that happening. my table is not nearly as nice but as with most, it has T track channels/slots. i don’t run dust collection with my drill press as i create more curls and chips than dust. i brush out the slots though after each use. maybe one of those wide mouth dust collection hoods or whatever you call them would help cut down on the mess? anyway, great stuff. nice joints, too.

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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Dan C

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#11 posted 01-08-2012 05:26 PM

Could you bore some dust relief holes on the bottom of the table under the T-slots? Great looking Drill Press Table. I need to make one also. Another project from LJ to get done in 2012.

-- "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning how to dance in the rain." "Anonymous"

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#12 posted 01-08-2012 06:25 PM

I have a piece of 3/4 plywood bolted to my DP with one of the 3” alum fences just held on with the t-slot clamps. I have another drill press at my buddy’s shop with the Rack & pinion lift which I am going to swap out with this week. I like the looks of this table. You could just run a short air line over to the DP for blowing out the track. I saw another design where they cut a hole in the surface looked like bout 1 1/2 and put suction hose to it. He would just rake his shavings over to it.

What if you cut the t-slot on out the edge? Wouldn’t that aid in dust & chip removal?

I am going to favorite this also.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#13 posted 01-08-2012 08:31 PM

Wow, that’s nice! This is one of those projects that I have needed to do for a long time. The biggest thing that has pushed me off is the exact problem you mention!

I have a Delta benchtop drill press and the table elevation crank swings right past the right side of the stock table. Trying to figure out a way to accommodate that, while preserving as much space as I can for the table/fence. Of course, the small matter of accommodating my knuckles in the process is in mind too.

I think I’ll dust off SketchUp and try to come up with something now. Thanks for the inspiration!

-- Andy ["Do what you can with what you have, where you are.", Teddy Roosevelt]

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#14 posted 01-08-2012 08:34 PM

I just built myself a new one, as my old one had the problem with the crank. One thing you can do is simply make a little stand or box to put between the table and DP, a few inches makes a world of difference.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#15 posted 01-08-2012 08:42 PM

Looks great.
What you could try (that I had to do) to give the height crank room is chamfer the rear edge.

On your next one I’d laminate the top and bottom with formica and use t-track instead of slots. Rockler has their 4' t-track kit on sale as well as individual 2' sections.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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