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Benchtop Drill Press Table with Resurrected Laser Guide

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Project by DeLayne Peck posted 10-23-2012 06:42 AM 3445 views 15 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Benchtop Drill Press Table with Resurrected Laser Guide
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Building a larger table for a smaller drill press presented a issue. The height adjustment crank and lock are roughly even with the cast iron table on my older 12” Delta drill press. A larger table makes the crank and lock impossibe to reach and operate. Solution: I added a 4’” high drawer the size of the cast iron table. With the drawer serving as a riser, the crank and table lock are within easy reach and completely operable.

The table is easily removeable for rough and tumble metal work. It is secured by two 3/8’” hex bolts, countersunk in the bottom of drawer case, and large knobs. The new table is 3/4” MDF and 1/4” fiber board with poplar trim. It measures 12” x 24”. The rail is 3 1/4” high with vertical drilling in mind. The rail is held square by aluminum angle stock.

After the build, I resurrected the laser drill guide that I had abandoned. Some years before I gave up when it dropped out of alignment every time I changed the table height. Moving the guide from the column of drill press to the collar right above the chuck solved that problem. Now, it stays right on the mark. My vision isn’t what it used to be. I like those bright cross-hairs.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.





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bluekingfisher

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#1 posted 10-23-2012 07:40 AM

Hey nice table, I had similar issues with the rise and fall and crank handles when I built my table. The other issue I faced was that the high fence interferes with the handles when I pull the quill down. I had to either remove one of the handles, or, which I have since done, remove a portion of the fence to the right of the head to allow the handle to pass over the lower fence on that side. Works a dream now

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

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dustyal

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#2 posted 10-23-2012 12:39 PM

Nicely done.

I had similar issues with my very similar table... hand crank at fence and back edge of table. I had a little notching to do.

Overall it works out fine… but my laser guides don’t seem to stay in tune with center… not a big problem.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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Roger

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#3 posted 10-23-2012 02:20 PM

Very nicely outfitted dp table

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Ken90712

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#4 posted 10-23-2012 05:02 PM

Greaty looking table, does the table come off easy? The reason I ask is I need to make one for my drill press but use it for metal drilling as well so I would need to remove the nice wood top.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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oldnovice

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#5 posted 10-23-2012 05:49 PM

Impressive looking addition. My drill press could use one of these too!

Don’t take my comment lightly!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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DeLayne Peck

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#6 posted 10-23-2012 09:27 PM

Ken, the table is easy to remove for metal work. It is secured by two 3/8’” hex bolts, countersunk in the bottom of drawer case, with large knobs. Pull the draw. Unscrew the knobs. Pop out the bolts and slide the table off. Store the bolts and knobs in the draw. Bingo.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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HorizontalMike

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#7 posted 12-03-2012 02:00 AM

Very nice job on this. One to be proud of for sure.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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