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Project by SirFatty posted 07-15-2012 10:04 PM 2634 views 10 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my version of the drill press table. Everything used in this build was recycled from other projects or scrap from work (the 8020 extruded aluminum and hardware).

I documented the build here. No measured drawing for this one, but there are enough pics to answer any questions you might have.

I finished it this afternoon and already used it on my next project. The only thing I need to get are some toggle clamps…

-- Visit my blog at dave.spalla.com





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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 07-15-2012 10:23 PM

SirFatty…

That looks a lot better… you did it!

Question…

Looks like you’ve covered the front ends of the table 8020 strips…
How can you slide a Clamp jig into them to help hold workpieces? ... or are you planning on doing that?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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SirFatty

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#2 posted 07-15-2012 10:35 PM

Hi Joe,

You can see in this pic that the pine doesn’t completely cover the back of the table, allowing be to slide the fence off.

-- Visit my blog at dave.spalla.com

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Kevin

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#3 posted 07-15-2012 10:52 PM

Nice drill press table. I’m hoping to be starting a new one for myself soon. My old one was just thrown together to get the job done. I’ll make something more similar to your design this time.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 07-15-2012 11:05 PM

Yes, I saw those were open… I pictured the same rails being used for Clamps to hold workpieces down from the front or side.

You could still do it, but, you’d have to remove the fence to do it…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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cutworm

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#5 posted 07-16-2012 01:06 AM

Nice table. I threw away a bunch of the extruded aluminum at work. They won’t let us bring anything home. Held my nose and tossed it in the dumpster. About 20’ and like new. Shame.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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SirFatty

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#6 posted 07-16-2012 01:18 AM

Joe, I did not think of that… I will have to work around it.

Cutworm… that does stink. Why won’t they let you have it?

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 07-16-2012 03:40 AM

Maybe you wouldn’t want to use those clamps…

... all you would need is a way to get into that track from the front…

Nice DP table!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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kajunkraft

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#8 posted 07-16-2012 08:43 AM

You could just turn the table around so the openings are in the front. Slide the fence in and then the clamps can go on or off as needed.

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bluekingfisher

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#9 posted 07-16-2012 03:43 PM

I have built one myself recently, very handy they are too. Does the central section of top board lift out? If not it will get cut up when the drill exits the project piece. Good job though

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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Nate Meadows

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#10 posted 07-16-2012 04:33 PM

Nice work Sir Fatty! I like how you covered the front of the slides, it looks classy. Having the access in the back may be annoying? but it works! I like it!

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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SirFatty

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#11 posted 07-16-2012 04:33 PM

kajumkraft: True enough, but the bolt patter would bias the table too far forward.

bluekingfisher: It is removable, for the very reason you mentioned. I would have not thought of that, but I saw some samples of that here on LJs.

-- Visit my blog at dave.spalla.com

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SirFatty

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#12 posted 07-16-2012 04:35 PM

Hi Nate,

Thanks! I will probably put some access slots in the front… Joe pointed out my lack of foresight with my design. Every day we learn something new!

Haven’t seen you posting for a while!

-Dave

-- Visit my blog at dave.spalla.com

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GregD

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#13 posted 07-16-2012 07:45 PM

I suspect you are also going to want a short fence also. Try drilling a 1/16” diameter hole 1/8” from the edge of 1/4” stock and you’ll quickly see why.

-- Greg D.

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SirFatty

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#14 posted 07-16-2012 07:59 PM

Hey Greg,

Good point, I have more 8020, so I could use a 1” piece as another fence.

Thanks for the idea!

-dave

UPDATE: I can actually just lay this fence on it’s side..

-- Visit my blog at dave.spalla.com

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Joe Lyddon

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#15 posted 07-17-2012 12:01 AM

SirFatty:

Do they have metal-cutting blades for a coping saw? If so, you might be able to cut just enough to get the important part through & into the slot… If not, small files might work too… that aluminum cuts easy… I have a small round file that would probably do it…

Just letting my brain wander more than normal… LOL

You’re getting some good ideas here…!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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