|Project by Class1E||posted 11-11-2012 01:54 AM||2557 views||9 times favorited||1 comment|
Well, I finally finished my drill press table. It made of a sandwich of two layers of 3/4” MDF with one layer of hardboard for the top, the edging is Douglas fir, and the inserts are 1/2” MDF. There are two more layers of 3/4” MDF between the table top and the stock drill press table to allow the height adjustment handle to clear the edge banding.
I used a dado set to cut the T-slots, 1/4” opening with 1/2” groove underneath for using 1/4” toilet bolts from the home center. I didn’t want to drill an oversize hole in the top for inserting the bolts, so i made the edging removable in the back. It is held on by rare earth magnets with some drywall screws just below flush on the back edge of the table top (see pic #3). The slots are used to secure the fence, and I will eventually be adding some shop-built hold downs. I also made some star knobs using basically the same method as forum member Bricofleur here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/66198, except with only four points. They will also be used for the hold downs and other jigs I’m working on.
I made the recess for the insert able to hold three inserts at a time (along with one layer of the hardboard to match the thickness of the table top), but found that it was difficult to get the bottom two out. To solve this, I drilled a hole through the bottom in line with the opening in the stock table. That opening goes all the way through to the underside of the table support, so i was able to insert a 1/2” dowel through the bottom. Now, all I need to do to get the inserts out is push up from the bottom. Much better!