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Project by PittsburghTim posted 01-04-2013 04:24 PM 2237 views 25 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this simple, yet functional drill press table from some leftover MDF, a piece of Incra bolt track, a few knobs, and two Rockler hold-downs. It features replaceable inserts under the quill and a fence made with more MDF and aluminum angle. I have added a few stop blocks for the fence so I can repeatably locate workpieces when necessary.

I have been using it for a few months and it serves the purpose well.

Thanks for looking,

Tim

-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."





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Surfside

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#1 posted 01-04-2013 04:41 PM

Nice work!

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#2 posted 01-04-2013 07:54 PM

Nice work, I like that style of track you used. Good idea. I was just out using my 18 inch delta.

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

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#3 posted 01-04-2013 10:21 PM

great job, I would like to build one in the next few days,
thanks for the notion

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#4 posted 01-05-2013 12:09 AM

Simple=Good.

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#5 posted 01-05-2013 01:25 AM

Nice work. How did you mount the table to the drill press? Just curious…

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#6 posted 01-05-2013 01:55 AM

Very nice. I love simple designs. Do you find that the fence is “self-squaring”? Or does it need some convincing?

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PittsburghTim

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#7 posted 01-05-2013 02:11 AM

The table is mounted to the drill press with four carriage bolts that were countersunk into the bottom layer of plywood and then covered with the MDF. I used wing nuts to secure it from underneath. This allows me to remove it quickly if needed.

The fence does not square itself, though it doesn’t seem necessary as the fence is only needed to establish a fixed distance from the center of the quill to the fence. Once you set it, it does not really have to be square like a fence on a tablesaw. If you set the fence so that it’s 1 inch from the center of the quill, it will always be 1 inch away from the center of the quill whether it is square to the table or not.

Thanks for the feedback.

-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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Rick Dennington

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#8 posted 01-05-2013 02:13 AM

Stellar job on the drill press table…..everyone who has a d.p. needs one…..I built mine about 12 years ago, and it gets a good workout….....Nice…

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#9 posted 01-05-2013 03:42 PM

Nice work, looks just as good as the one I bought

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#10 posted 01-05-2013 05:05 PM

Looks great, my new Grizzly drill press arrived yesterday and I was thinking about what kind of table I was going to make for it. Thanks for the ideas!

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Brad_Nailor

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#11 posted 01-05-2013 09:11 PM

Simple, effective design. I have been thinking of buying one, but this is just as nice or nicer than most of the commercial D/P tables…probably cheaper to build as well. Nice work

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#12 posted 01-07-2013 04:12 AM

I like it. Really good job.

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#13 posted 03-03-2013 08:01 PM

That came out great : ) Any dust collection plans for it ?

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PittsburghTim

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#14 posted 03-03-2013 09:53 PM

No dust collection plans. Thought of adding one of those plastic adapters they sell for router tables, but I really don’t use it enough to bother.

-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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#15 posted 03-03-2013 10:05 PM

I hear ya. I just clamp my 4” dc hose in the vicinity if need be : )

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