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Project by MacSteveT posted 868 days ago 3577 views 20 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- "Do, or do not. There is no try." ~Yoda





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William

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#1 posted 868 days ago

Now that is an umtimate drill press table.
It sure beat the store bought one I’ve currently been using.
A proper drill press table is something on my to-do list that keeps getting pushed further and further back.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 867 days ago

Mighty fine….. can’t do without a drill press table of some sort….a must to have in any woodshop….Carry on…

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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exelectrician

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#3 posted 867 days ago

Wow! Another winner from someone who thinks deeply and puts thought into action. My hat is off my head to you sir, well done.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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kdc68

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#4 posted 867 days ago

Looks great

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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MacSteveT

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#5 posted 867 days ago

Thanks very much for the comments :)

-- "Do, or do not. There is no try." ~Yoda

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 867 days ago

I likes it veeeery mucho! Nice job.

How did you mount it to the original table???

A DP table is on my top ten list. Problem being, my list is waaaaaay looooonger than 10!!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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MacSteveT

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#7 posted 867 days ago

DIYaholic,

Thanks for your comment!

I countersunk 4 carriage bolts into the bottom layer of the table before attaching the 3 pieces of the top layer. The bolts line up with the slots in the factory steel table, and provide a very stable mount.

-- "Do, or do not. There is no try." ~Yoda

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tefinn

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#8 posted 867 days ago

I really like some of your ideas, especially the dowels for the fence hold down.

I’ll definitely be stealing that one. :)

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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MacSteveT

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#9 posted 867 days ago

Hey Tom,

Thanks for the comment – the only thing I would change about the dowels would be to go with a 1” instead of the 7/8” that I used. That would provide more side wall material for insetting the nut and prevent cracking from side twist – in fact, now that I think about it, I’ll probably pick up a 1” dowel and make new ones soon.

-- "Do, or do not. There is no try." ~Yoda

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StumpyNubs

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#10 posted 793 days ago

You should enter this into our jig contest! Email photos along with your LJ name to jigcontest@runbox.com. You might win!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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SoonerFanJerry

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#11 posted 130 days ago

You have an impressive collection of shop tools! All very nicely executed.

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