|Project by Mark Gipson||posted 08-06-2012 11:03 AM||15665 views||28 times favorited||20 comments|
I am in the process of putting my workshop back together after the floods last year wiped out rather a lot of my stuff. I bought a drill press a couple of months ago and just finished this table for it.
It’s closely based on a design in Shop Notes. I made a few changes to the mounting method as my metal table has no holes or slots and I didn’t want to drill it. I made some t-bolts to fit into the slots on the metal table and used those to secure the base. I changed the dust collection hook-up to use an adapter piece that screws onto the base, my vac nozzle fits into the plastic tubing perfectly and holds it securely.
The table is 2 layers of 3/4 inch ply covered with laminate. The fence is hardwood and the base is a mixture of both. A small drawer provides storage for a chuck key and a few drill bits.
I haven’t been able to find any metal t-tracks here so I routed slots in the plywood table. I did some tests on scrap and the slots seem strong enough to easily hold down the fence. I didn’t attempt to add t-slots in the fence faces as my practice attempts using a router and edge guide on narrow pieces were not very successful. I can add them later after I build a router table.
The dust collection works very well even with a small shop vac. I made the different inserts to use depending on fence position and also have some for use with sanding drums.
Overall I like this design with a few minor points. The table inserts are good for dust collection but would soon get chewed up if you drill into them. They can’t be rotated to use each corner. I use a backer board. The fence is very solid but quite big and deep. At some point I will build another smaller fence with t-slots for stops and hold downs.
This is the first useful thing I have back in my shop so I’m loving it! It’s also shop cat approved.