Drill Press Table with off-table drilling jig

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Project by Vincent Nocito posted 03-13-2012 03:44 PM 15841 views 62 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a table for my drill press made from laminated 3/4” poplar plywood with oak banding. The table is 12” x 24”. It mounts to the dp table via slider bolts and a t-track. The fence is 1” oak with a t-track for mounting a stop block or feather board. I needed a way to drill into the ends of spindles for a stairway project that I am working on so I added the off-table drilling attachment. It mounts to the table with a bold in the t-tack. It is made from plywood and has a toggle clamp and sandpaper to hold the spindles in-place while boring them for dowels. The table is adjustable both in and out and side to side depending what needed to be drilled. The removable inserts are made from 4” x 4” x 0.25” plywood.

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#1 posted 03-13-2012 04:06 PM

Well done looks great.

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

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#2 posted 03-13-2012 04:16 PM

Very clever. I’ll have to add to my fav’s for future reference.

-- Ray - Spokane, WA - “Most people don’t recognize opportunity because it’s usually disguised as hard work.” - Unknown

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#3 posted 03-14-2012 12:11 AM

You win.
I refer to Stumpy.
Have a cold one my friend, you earned it!

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

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#4 posted 03-14-2012 12:14 AM

Nice job! I like the vertical drilling fixture.
Added to faves. :)

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

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#5 posted 03-14-2012 01:04 AM

Like the vertical fixture. I too have the inserts. I made mine from 1/4” hardboard and I have one bored to fit each of my drum sander attachments.

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#6 posted 03-14-2012 01:42 AM

Beautiful and functional, the best of combinations.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 03-14-2012 10:23 AM

Really like your project, could you post a pic of the bottom and exactly how your connecting it to the table? Sorry for being such a newb but how do you use the vertical drilling jig? Maybe next time your set up for this operation you could take shot of this as well? Thanks and confused, Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#8 posted 03-14-2012 01:31 PM

Just finished a table(finally) that’s very similar to yours. I’ll have to add the vertical jig. That’s a nice, simple way to drill on the ends. Thanks for the post.

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#9 posted 03-14-2012 01:43 PM

Great design, has just about any feature you could want in a dp table.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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Vincent Nocito

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#10 posted 03-14-2012 03:10 PM

There is a heavy duty t-track that runs parallel to the long axis of the table. The table is connected to the drill press table using two 3/8” bolts, wooden washers (to bridge the gap in the metal drill press table and threaded handles.
I added a picture of the underside of the table showing the t-track and the connection to the dp. I can slide the table along the t-track and by changing which set of holes I use on the DP table, I have back and forward movement.

To use the right angle drilling jig, I remove the side outfeed rollers and slide the table over to the right and swing the entire assembly 180 degrees to the back. I loosen the drill press head set screws and swing if around also. The drill press quill now extend over the back of the drill press cart (see my project posting of the drill press cart to see how far back the dp base is. With the dp head and table on the back side of the cart, I now how clearance that allows me to drill into the end of a board or spindle up to 48” long. If I need to bore the end of a short piece of stock, it is possible to get away without swinging the entire assembly 180 degrees to the rear.

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Jorge Velez

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#11 posted 03-16-2012 09:24 PM

I like your table, the vertical support is something that I’ll add to mine, if you dont mind!

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#12 posted 03-18-2012 07:53 AM

That’s a nice one.

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

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#13 posted 03-18-2012 12:17 PM

Nice job this table looks a lot like the table I bought from MLCS Yours is much better!

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#14 posted 03-24-2012 03:31 AM

That’s a terrific job. Great design, great craftsmansip.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#15 posted 04-04-2012 01:44 PM

Functional and beautiful, job well done. I plan to reference your project when I build my drill press station.

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