Floor Drill Press Mobile Base w/ Sketchup model

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Project by vrice posted 02-08-2012 03:57 AM 7067 views 9 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a mobile base for my floor standing drill press. This is my last non-mobile piece of shop equipment to get outfitted with a mobile base. I used the same basic design I used on my jointer mobile base with some tweaks. I adjusted the geometry assoicated with the axel placement to give a lift of just a little over a quarter of an inch. My jointer design lifted up about an inch. That’s really too much. This shorter lift yields much less resistance on the pedals. I also wanted to reduce the wood-wood friction present in the lift design. I thought about putting some plastic laminate down to address this. However, I took a simpler approach. I saturated both surfaces with cyanoacrylate. These seems to work just fine. The operation of depressing the pedals for lift is VERY smooth, compared to what I experience on the jointer version where wood is sliding against wood. I’ll put some of the cyanoacrylate on the jointer pedals eventually. Given I’m not excercising these all that often I’m expecting this approach to last a while.
Now my last investment in this drill press will be a new table. I’ve noticed a number of these on LJ. I’m also partial to one I have in a Shop Notes from a few years back. I’ll combine all the ideas I see and put something together.
You can find the complete Sketchup model for this mobile base here.

-- Vic Rice

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#1 posted 02-08-2012 03:58 AM

Great idea nice work.

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#2 posted 02-08-2012 08:56 AM

Nice job, interesting use of the Casters and Lift.

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

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#3 posted 02-08-2012 06:03 PM

Not sure if I’ll use it, but you did a great job on the sketchup file! dl’ed and saved. Thank you for sharing.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#4 posted 02-09-2012 05:50 AM

Thanks, I’m going to use it.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#5 posted 02-16-2015 02:46 PM

Thank you for sharing! I have been looking for ways to do exactly what you did here, for the same reasons. All of my tables that have tools on it are mobile except the floor drill press. I’ll have to get sketch-up set up now, I had been looking for a reason for that and I think this will be the best approach.
I know that this was posted a couple of years ago, how has it held up? Have you modified anything or had to change anything? Again, great job and thanks for posting!

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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#6 posted 02-17-2015 01:16 AM

Thanks Scott. This still works like a charm. Due to my shop configuration I end up moving this drill press maybe once a month, when I need to work on something that won’t fit into the cramped space where I park my drill press. Pedals are still very easy to operate.
Good luck with Sketchup. I simply could not live without it for woodworking. Especially for something like this, where it serves as a virtual prototyping tool.

-- Vic Rice

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