|Project by MacSteveT||posted 03-14-2012 03:33 AM||4011 views||21 times favorited||11 comments|
I recently acquired an excellent used Delta 12” drill press from CL for $50. Having looked at many shop made drill press tables here on LJ, I decided to build one. Not having ready access to t-tracks, I made my own using 3/4” x 3/4” x 1/16” angle aluminum from Lowes. The table itself is 10” x 13” (my shop is in my garage so space is limited) made from sandwiched 3/4” pine – I routed a slot in the bottom layer, and made the top layer out of 3 separate pieces with the aluminum angle mounted on the bottom. I have not routed a cavity for sacrificial center yet – just using scrap as backing for anything I need to drill through.
The trim, fence, stops, and hold downs are poplar, and the knobs are made from scrap walnut. I used 7/8” oak dowel with walnut tabs to lock down the fence – makes it much easier than using wing nuts. The corners are spline joints (I think that is the right name) using walnut – a first for me.
All of the bolts are 3/8” carriage bolts and work just fine in the slots. I didn’t use aluminum on the fence slot because it is made from two layers of 1/2” poplar and smallest aluminum angle I could find was 3/4”.
The whole thing cost less than $40 in materials, and works pretty well.
Thanks very much for looking, and I appreciate all comments / critiques.
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