Built a bigger and better "Drill Press Table."

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Project by SethJChristian posted 09-12-2012 01:16 PM 72187 views 47 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was browsing through and I have noticed soo many great projects people have been building! and I happen to be a big fan of home built jigs, tables, and equipment. So I figured why not start my first project with a much needed new table for my drill press!

- Over the past two days I have been looking through all the Drill Press tables everyone’s built here on Lumberjocks and I have found tons of great tables different people have built. So I decided to start my journey by taken notes from versus designs I have found on this great site! (witch I have found very helpful in this build.)

- The table is built from 3/4” MDF
- Table is 15” wide and 12” deep
- The fence is 15” wide and 3” tall

To build this table I used my router table with a Plunge 3/8 Diameter 2 FLUTE bit. set to 1cm depth to router out the straight channels.

- The channels are 3” from the edges on 3 of the sides
- The center insert is a square piece of MDF 3×3” set off center from the drill head (This allows me to use all four corners of the insert rather than one area.)

The hardware I used happened to be hardware I had leftover from past projects.
- x4 Bolts
- x4 Washers
- x4 Nuts
- x2 L brackets

I hope you enjoy the photos I have posted and If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment!

-- Seth Christian - Canada, British Columbia

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#1 posted 09-12-2012 02:33 PM

Nice looking table.

On the last picture I see a couple of aluminum “T” tracks behind the fence. Are they attached to the fence or the table?

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#2 posted 09-12-2012 02:58 PM

Great looking table, keep up the good work!


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#3 posted 09-12-2012 05:39 PM

Hello SethJChristian
Welcome to LJ’s

This is a nice drill press table
You can use your router and a 1/8’’ radius rounding over bit to round the angle
The MDF is sometimes cutting on the edges

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#4 posted 09-12-2012 07:35 PM

@ JesseTutt, the “T” tracks are attached to the fence as slides to keep the fence square when I move the fence up and down the table.

-- Seth Christian - Canada, British Columbia

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#5 posted 09-12-2012 07:39 PM

@ Diggerjacks, Thanks for the tips! I’ll have to look into that.

-- Seth Christian - Canada, British Columbia

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#6 posted 09-12-2012 09:09 PM

Nice table.
You may want to seal the MDF, to keep it from absorbing moisture. Rattle can poly would do that nicely.

BTW: Welcome to LJs, a great place to feed your Woodworking insanity!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 09-12-2012 09:27 PM

Nice table.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#8 posted 09-13-2012 12:34 AM

Very nice.
Check out the StumpyNubs drill press set-up, quite a contraption!


-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#9 posted 09-13-2012 02:08 AM

@ DIYaholic, I am debating if I want to seal the MDF or laminate the surface’s of the fence and table.

Question: What do the people of LJ recommend?

-- Seth Christian - Canada, British Columbia

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#10 posted 09-13-2012 08:58 AM

Another great project for the shop mate. How have you found working with a high fence. I built a DP table quite recently and found that having a high fence restricts the quill handle when working close to or on thin stock.

I can always adapt it of course but a little bit of a pain after the time I took to build it.

Good work, I’m sure it will make working on the DP a breeze

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

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#11 posted 09-13-2012 09:15 AM

@ bluekingfisher, Thanks for the great comment and that’s a good question! I haven’t had a chance to use my new DP set up yet. What I am thinking is if worse comes to worse I’ll build one more fence that is perhaps a little shorter, maybe 1” tall rather than the 3” fence I currently have.

-- Seth Christian - Canada, British Columbia

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#12 posted 09-13-2012 10:02 AM

It looks good and should work well for you.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 09-14-2012 02:45 AM

Could you use strips of wood instead of the metal bars you used for the tracks?
Nice, I might end up building one of these because My drill press is small. Needs one of these things.

-- Why am I wearing a respirator? Because Sawdust is DANGEROUS!

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#14 posted 02-12-2014 07:08 PM

How did you make the center insert cut out? What was your approach?

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#15 posted 05-18-2015 12:42 AM

What’s the mitre gauge for?

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