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Project by Bobmedic posted 06-27-2012 09:34 PM 2257 views 17 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this table for my drill press. I used 1-⅛” melamine because of it’s smooth flat surface. The center waste block I cut square and positioned it off center so I could turn it and flip it for more uses. I used cam action clamps through the fence. Knobs would have extended past the face of the fence. I cut stop blocks square the same size as the fence so they will register off of the table. I secured a piece of t-track to the back of the fence to store the stop blocks when not in use. The table is secured to the cast iron table with machine screws. I dadoed, glued and pocket screwed ¾” melamine into the bottom of the accessory table on each side of the cast table. The bolt holes I drilled through the sides and tapped ¼”-20 threads into the cast table. The table dimensions are 36” W 18” D and 1-⅛” T. I chose Incra track because it is more versatile than Kreg Mini track. Incra track can accept more varieties of t-nuts and bolts than the Kreg track. The second picture shows my clamp track, I use it for a fence when I need close access to the work piece when the tall fence would be in the way. I finally settled on this design after hours of scouring the internet and this site for ideas. I contemplated making it on a platform so I could make a downdraft table for a spindle sander. I decided to not do that because I have an oscillating spindle sander.

-- Save lives, ease suffering, reduce morbidity and mortality, stomp out pestilence and disease, postpone the inevitable, and fake compassion. The Paramedics Creed





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cutworm

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#1 posted 06-28-2012 01:44 AM

Nice job. I like the rounded corners. Making me want to build another one.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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ldl

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#2 posted 06-28-2012 02:22 AM

I like the idea of using the clamp track for a fence. You just found a use for mine.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#3 posted 06-28-2012 05:01 AM

I also like the rounded corners

-- We must all walk our own green mile

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#4 posted 06-28-2012 05:37 AM

Big and beautiful !!
Wish I had the room for one this big : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 06-28-2012 02:56 PM

Nice job!
Simple and functional, a winning combination IMHO. :)

I really need to build a new drill press table. Mine is way too small.

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

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Bobmedic

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#6 posted 06-28-2012 03:57 PM

As a side note on this project. It started out 24” deep. When I mounted it on the drill press I found it was way too deep. It was uncomfortable to operate the drill press. The only function of the rounded corners is to keep from walking into them. The front corners have a 6” radius and the back corners are 1-⅛” radius. Thanks for all the great comments.

-- Save lives, ease suffering, reduce morbidity and mortality, stomp out pestilence and disease, postpone the inevitable, and fake compassion. The Paramedics Creed

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lab7654

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#7 posted 06-28-2012 05:13 PM

Great idea with the offset inserts. Not sure if this has been around, but I will surely use it when I finally get to building a DP table.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#8 posted 06-28-2012 08:43 PM

Looks great Bob, Looks like you’ve been busy the last couple days.

Jerry

-- Retrowood

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#9 posted 06-29-2012 11:27 AM

Simple but functional. It looks almost identical to the Rockler table I used to have before it fell apart. Yours looks like it is built much sturdier. Great Job!

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