|Project by The Box Whisperer||posted 130 days ago||2114 views||11 times favorited||17 comments|
I got a Ryobi 10” benchtop drill press for Christmas (Thank you father in law!) and I knew right away I would nto only need a table for it but a new bench to mount it as well. My shop is a small basement deal and I have to be efficient with space. When I build a new bench, I keep it simple, and use pine 2×4s and 3/4 ply. Some day I will build a proper hardwood traditional bench, when I have the space for it (plug to wife to take over whole basement). For now, Id rather put my effort into boxes and other projects and keep the bench simple.
The drill press table itself I wanted a little more out of. I read literally every drill press project on this site, some 2 or 3 times. Thanks guys! I went over the possible features, and decided to focus on what was important to me rather then including them all. The other key point for me was cost. I don’t have a lot of money and wanted to buy as little as possible. I had an old kreg top track from a retired jig, 2’ of t-track, some basic ply, some fancy birch ply and some decent hardwood. I decided that since I already have a nice bench top belt/drum sander, that I likely wouldnt be using this for sanding and could forgo elaborate dust collection. If I do a lot of repeat work I can use wire and t-bolts to hold my shop vac hose close by. What I really wanted was a self squaring fence, and I also straight up stole the sub fence idea from a woodworker on here far more talented then I am. I also wanted to be able to use the space under the table for assembly work. The table itself is birch ply glued and screwed to pine ply, 20”x12”. I countersunk bolts between these layers to mount on the metal table. I cut out the insert section with my jigsaw and used a rabbit bit to make a ledge, but at some point Ill have to go back and clean up the whole thing with clamped edges and my router, because my jigsaw is a POS and the cutting is a little sloppy. The inserts are 1/4” hardboard. The fence is a kreg top track flipped sideways and mounted to a piece of 3/4” oak. Not it’s intended use but it works well for this I think. I had some 1/2” birch ply scraps so I glued and screwed a couple together and used them for the fences “squaring arm” on the back of the arm I put a strip of low friction tape from lee valley, and it made a big difference. The mini fence (again, I ripped this off) is just oak scrap with t-track scrap and a couple bolts and knobs. stop blocks are yet again more oak scrap.
End result is it could be prettier but it sure will come in handy. I’m building rug hooking frames and it requires a lot of repeat drilling. I also must admit, that I’m a shop junkie and could not own a drill press without having a table for it. I could have gotten a nice one for 100 bucks but this one should work just fine and only cost me 5 bucks to make (1/4” hardboard)
Any and all feedback is welcome!
-- The Box Whisperer