|Project by ShannonRogers||posted 04-09-2008 01:11 AM||5836 views||9 times favorited||11 comments|
I am doing some shop transformations now to accomodate my change in doing things and a movement towards more hand tool work. One of the things I needed to do was move my drill press of the counter top and onto it’s own surface. In the process of tearing out a cabinet I will not be using any longer, I noticed the really nice straight grain of the pine that I laminated the countertop out of. It had warped and cupped completely out of shape as it dried over the last few years (one of the reason I was getting rid of the cabinet). After spending some time at the jointer and planer, I have some beautiful 1 inch thick stock to build this drill press cart. I also had some beadply lying around from a wainscotting project in the house. Voila, a frame and panel drill press cart. You can see by the pix that is is definately a hodgepodge of MDF, pine, and white oak edge banding, but it is really nice and keeps all my drill press stuff together in one place. I loaded my compressor into the bottom cabinet along with some misc items on the shelf. The drawer has plenty of space for my drill indexes, jigs, and a pull out bottom with holes drilled for the odd bits. I have some room for expansion in there as well.
I use my shop furniture as a learning experience and enjoyed the mortise and tenon work (by hand) for all the frame and panel assemblies. I also joined the two top rails on the cabinet that attach the top using a hand cut dovetail. These are all things I have never tried before. Sure I could have done it faster with the TS and such, but this was a lot of fun!
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