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Drill Press Table V1

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Project by FlawlessCowboy posted 556 days ago 2480 views 24 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

EDIT: Pictures are too wide for here. If you want to see them without them being cut off, go to my photobucket drill press library.

Well, during football season, not much woodworking gets done. As such, my project over the last three weekends has been a drill press table. I meant to document it as I was building it, but didn’t find the time to post.

Here is the journey thus far:

It began with Woodpecker’s Drill Press Table Fence Kit. I thought about just buying their pre-made table, but it did not have sufficient features for me to justify the price. I did, however, like the fence.

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I once cut a bunch of mdf with my Ridgid jobsite saw and it soon filled the basement with a cloud of dust. Not this time. My Excalibur had no trouble handling the dust from cutting the mdf panels.

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Here you can see the size of the table on my drill press.

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The fence rails are actually just Woodpecker’s Dual-Purpose track coloured red and laser-etched. The mounting system is quite slick – there is another t-track running along the bottom of the DP track. This is used to mount the track and allows for all sorts of adjustment.

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Test fitting the track and a side piece:
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Countersunk holes for the bolts to connect the bottom of the t-track:
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Gluing the side panels:
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I missed some pictures, but I then cut a center panel and dadoed it to accept some LV t-track. This will be used for hold-downs and what not. I had some difficulty counter-sinking the LV t-track but eventually got it down pat.

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Gluing down the center panel follows. I did not place glue where I wanted to put my replaceable insert:

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I used a 4” hole saw to cut out the spot for the replaceable insert. The same hole saw will be used to cut out the inserts. After removing the piece, I used a forstner bit to counter-bore a spot for a t-nut. You can see the hole where it will be going.

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And with the t-nut installed:

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In the previous picture, you can also see the counter bore in the replaceable insert. This will be held in place with a 1” hex bolt and washer:

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Hardware removed to throw on some Danish Oil:

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Danish Oil applied:

I also used t-track on the bottom to clamp the auxiliary table to the regular DP table. Due to the fact that I did not quite drill the replaceable insert where I should have, I had to angle the back brackets to fit. Lessons have been learned for whenever V2 is made.

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And the finished product, along with some home-made flip stops:

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So far, the table has worked pretty slick in the limited use it has seen. I really do like the rotatable insert. The mounting method used allows it to be securley mounted and still easily spun by hand. It give me more than enough space for the largest bits I have, and the bolt could easily be removed if a larger bit is needed.

Details to come on the flip stops once they are completely finished.

-Nate





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whitebeast88

3223 posts in 695 days


#1 posted 555 days ago

great job that should give you plenty of work surface!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Prplhrtjarhead

80 posts in 611 days


#2 posted 555 days ago

I really like what you’ve done here, as I have been making plans to make my own DP table. One question, if you would be so kind as to answer: Where did you find that dual track with its own ruler? I’d been looking for something similar and haven’t been able to find it!

Thanks, in advance for the info. Great looking table!

-- "We'll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we'll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness." R. Reagan, "The Speech", 1964

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mloy365

417 posts in 1635 days


#3 posted 555 days ago

This is a nice DP table. That rotating insert is brilliant! I would also like to know your source for track. I found this place, but have not ordered (http://www.ttrackusa.com). This place sure has a lot of track.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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FlawlessCowboy

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#4 posted 555 days ago

Thanks guys!

The laser-etched track is by Woodpecker. It is called the Drill Press Track kit. Time will tell how much the scale is used, but I like it at this point.

In Canada, I ordered it from Elite tools as they had the best price I could find. In America, I assume it would be easier to find. Here is a link to Woodpecker's official site.

I could justify the price for the tracks, but I couldn’t justify the $15.99 they want for each flip stop in Canada. I need to finish mine up and then attempt some shop-made hold-downs.

-Nate

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Jim Jakosh

10271 posts in 1611 days


#5 posted 555 days ago

Very nice DP table! It will be very useful!!........................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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