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Project by socrbent posted 799 days ago 3110 views 15 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My homage to Steve Ramsey. Made this over the weekend from 3/4” birch ply, 1/4” pine plywood, and oak 3/4”x1 1/2” banding. Decided to add the 1/4” play under top birch piece after routing the the slots for the t-tracks to strengthen the table while using clamps. The fence is just two pieces of the 3/4” ply with Steve’s slot idea. ground the sides of the heads of 2 – 1/4” carriage bolts to fit the t-track. I don’t have Steve’s sliding sacrificial center piece. I’m still thinking of a solution for that. Big box store wanted a small fortune for knobs so I epoxied nuts in a couple of cherry scraps. Last step was adding 2 coats of past wax. It looks out of place with the rest of my shop.

I have several toilet bolts to use with the t-tracks to create hold downs. Any suggestions about their design?

-- socrbent Ohio





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davidroberts

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#1 posted 799 days ago

Dodeka made a similar table and made some holddowns I thought were really quite nice. Dodeka shared the scaled pattern in the link below.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/30083

-- God is Great, Wood is Good. nuff said.

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socrbent

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#2 posted 799 days ago

David, Dodeka’s hold downs look like a great solution. Thanks.

-- socrbent Ohio

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albachippie

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#3 posted 799 days ago

Very nice, thanks for sharing

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Garry-Macdonald-Woodwork/425518554215355?ref=hl

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PaulHWood

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#4 posted 799 days ago

Looks nice.

I bought the drill press table from harbor freight with the intention of building one if I used it alot. I make use of the drill press alot more with the table.

One question, my handle to lower and raise the table is obstructed by the table. Have you found a way around this. I am thinking some kind of extension.

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 799 days ago

This is a nice DP table and it will save you a lot of time. Congratulations.

helluvawreck
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workerinwood

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#6 posted 799 days ago

Very nice, great job!! On my to do list.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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MT_Stringer

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#7 posted 799 days ago

It looks too nice to be used in a shop…especially a shop like mine (garage). :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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BigRich

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#8 posted 799 days ago

Looks really nice! Might just need to copy your ideas. I think I would probably use a couple of hole saws to make a shouldered sacrificial plate area on the table though. I’ll keep watching for other ideas also.

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don1960

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#9 posted 799 days ago

That is way too nice for a drill press table. You need to splatter some paint on there, and hit it a few times with a ball peen hammer. :-)

If I made something that nice to drill on, the rest of my tools would leave in protest. <g>

Seriously, really, really nice looking table. You will probably get hives the first time you get sawdust on it.

-- -- Don from PA

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Martyroc

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#10 posted 799 days ago

Nice addition to the drill press, looks like I need to update mine with a few T tracks.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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socrbent

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#11 posted 799 days ago

Thanks for complements. It does look a lot better than the rest of the stuff in my shop. Hope that won’t keep me from using it as needed.

PaulHWood – I also notice that the table lock handle and raise handle are much more awkward to access now. Haven’t used it enough yet to decide if a fix is needed.

-- socrbent Ohio

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GregD

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#12 posted 799 days ago

I was using a tall fence like this on my drill press table but frequently found it getting in the way of the chuck. I switched to a very short fence.

My drill press table has T tracks spaced about like yours. I find it difficult to clamp small parts – it is a long reach for a clamp to over where the drill bit is, and small parts are tougher to control without clamping than larger parts, IMHO.

I hope my next version of the drill press table looks as good as yours!

-- Greg D.

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eddie

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#13 posted 798 days ago

thats a great looking table it adds a lot to a press .i made about the same thing got it from steve also you’ll love it heres a link to some knobs .

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/45377

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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socrbent

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#14 posted 798 days ago

eddie – your knobs are a great solution that saves lots of money.

-- socrbent Ohio

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eddie

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#15 posted 798 days ago

grads on making the top three, .it inspired me to do mine which i should have done done so thanks again

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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