Rolling Drill Press Stand/Cabinet

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Project by Joe posted 02-02-2013 05:38 PM 34195 views 28 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a rolling drill press cabinet that I made. It is made of two components, an inner tray system and the base part. I first built the tray system for the Lee Valley tool tray system available here. I obviously need a few more to complete it. I then built the rest of the cabinet around that. The tray system is made with a series of 1/4” kerfs in 3/4” plywood. The plans (also available at the link above) mostly dictated the width that the stand would be.

The remainder of the stand is just 1/2” plywood. Top and bottom are two pieces glued together. I use the bottom to store plans, magazines, etc.

Casters are “2 thermoplastic casters that I got at Princess Auto.

The only thing I would change for next time would be to move the cavity that you can see in picture 6 from the back of the cabinet to the side. It would make storing stuff in that space a little easier and save me from having to pull it out from the wall whenever I wanted something out of that space. If you have any ideas on how I could remedy that, send them my way!

Thanks for looking.

-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.

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#1 posted 02-02-2013 07:23 PM

great cabinet i like the tray system.

how good is the brake on the caster’s they look like good caster’s.

thanks for sharing.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 02-02-2013 08:25 PM

I have yet to buy my drill press for my new shop
i was stuck on a floor model for awhile but since my shop is so small this looks like an excellent solution
I would perhaps put a back on it and just split the difference on either side for storage. Perhaps for assembled jigs. This way no matter where it’s stored in the shop one side would be useful.
thanks for sharing – great job

-- Greg Simon

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#3 posted 02-03-2013 06:19 AM

Great simple little cart. Going to have to keep that in mind for when I can get a drill press.

-- Alex, Los Angeles

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#4 posted 02-03-2013 01:23 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. The brake on the casters is VERY good. It really digs into the wheel. They are always on sale at Princess Auto (if you live anywhere near one), or you can order them online.

-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.

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#5 posted 02-03-2013 04:06 PM

That is certainly a nice addition to your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 02-04-2013 11:12 PM

I have the exact same drill press and I was wondering how tall you made your stand?

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#7 posted 02-04-2013 11:55 PM

cdaulton, the stand itself is 33”, but the casters on the bottom make it 35.5” tall. I would have made it an inch or two shorter, but then the machine would have blocked the plug I need to plug it into. The top and bottom are two pieces of 1/2” ply glued together. You could use something else, it was just what I had. The top measures 16” across and 22” deep. That gives a 1” overhang off the side. The bottom is 16” across and 20” deep to accommodate for a lip at the bottom of my garage wall.

Let me know if you have any other questions, I would be happy to help.

-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.

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#8 posted 02-17-2013 02:30 PM

Great cabinet. I have the same drill press, and this looks like an excellent work space for it.

-- "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather, teach them to long for the sea." ~Antoine de Saint Exupery

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