|Project by DeLayne Peck||posted 10-23-2012 06:42 AM||5042 views||15 times favorited||7 comments|
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. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.