Woodworking Table on a Vintage Drill Press

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Project by BGW posted 604 days ago 1241 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was building a composite railing for a customer that required precision 3/4” holes to receive the powder-coated balusters. I decided to take all of the measurements and make good use of my grandfather’s old machining drill press that had simply been collecting dust in the garage. I built this simple table for the press using scrap 3/4” birch plywood and hardboard glued to the top that created a makeshift T-Track. Took about an hour to assemble and a day to dry.

For the fence, I used toilet T-Bolts sandwiched between two pieces of plywood and wing-nuts. Works great for me. If I had been willing to take the time, I would have bought T-Tracks and made the fence a tad bit higher with a T-Track in it. For now, small clamps on the fence have worked fine when needed. I think I found the plans in an old Wood magazine I had laying around and modified it to fit my needs. The little storage shelf on the bottom is perfect for my Fornster Bits.

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin

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#1 posted 604 days ago

That’s putting a good old machine into action.

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 604 days ago

Sometimes the old stuff is still the best stuff

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 604 days ago

Nice table, I like to use what I have available also. One day I plan on adding one to my drillpress.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#4 posted 604 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s what a neat DP Table, you will find many uses for it.
And like Monte said, us old guys are the best … oh, I guess he was talking about the old tools …
Looking forward to more of your projects

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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#5 posted 603 days ago

Great use of Grampa’s tools. I also have several old power tools that have been retired to a life of just “one use”

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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