Drill press table and fence

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Project by AJswoodshop posted 02-16-2013 02:25 AM 7185 views 35 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A drill press Is I think a great addition to any woodshop. But to make it even more useful a drill press table is easy to build, and comes in handy in the shop. I made mine from MDF but birch plywood would be a good choice to. And a drill press table isn’t complete without a solid fence that’s adjustable. And replaceable insert prevent you drilling into the top of your table. Those are just a few features that are really handy to have on a drill press but there also a lot of different ways you could build your own. The T-tracks in the table are what the fence is adjusted by, but you can also use the T-tracks for hold-down clamps and other accessories. I also cut a angle on the base of the fence, and the fence to cut of the sharp corners and make it look nicer. The bevel is about 60 degrees. And a few star-knobs secure the fence in place.

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#1 posted 02-16-2013 02:27 AM

Great job AJ

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#2 posted 02-16-2013 02:31 AM

I really like this and I need one too! Great job AJ!

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#3 posted 02-16-2013 03:18 AM

Look’n good, look’n good!

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#4 posted 02-16-2013 03:50 AM

friggin great! I really should just work on making tables and fences for my tools before I try more projects.

-- Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. -Plato

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#5 posted 02-16-2013 04:33 AM

Nice job. You’ll get a lot of use out of that.

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#6 posted 02-16-2013 08:26 AM

This one looks great. I hate cutting MDF. If you know what I mean…..........................

-- mike...............

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#7 posted 02-16-2013 01:11 PM

You’re right! It’s nasty stuff! Thanks for the comments guys!

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#8 posted 02-16-2013 01:29 PM

I have several pieces of plywood and pine scraps that stay by my drill press that I use as a sacrificial lamb every time I use the DP. I’ve never had a DP table/fence and I’m thinkin’ it’s time I do.

I see where some of the LJs buy the HF drill press table, so I looked at it and wasnt too overly impressed with it. Yours looks very solid, yet simplistic in nature and easy to build. I figure I can probably save a few bucks building it myself too :-)

And the benefit of the fence will save me using vise grips and c-clamps to hold something that I’m trying to drilll.

Thanks for sharing

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#9 posted 02-16-2013 01:41 PM

Great job. Really nice design.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 02-16-2013 02:35 PM

Great Work AJ! Looks Great!

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#12 posted 02-16-2013 03:01 PM

Nice, well done!! I need to do this.

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#13 posted 02-16-2013 03:21 PM

Well done AJ a good table is so imortant for our drill press. Enjoy.

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

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#14 posted 02-16-2013 03:42 PM

Yes, drill press needs a table… you have all of the essential elements… you might, as a “someday” nice to have upgrade, try a drawer hanging below the top to store drill bits, and other accessories.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#15 posted 02-16-2013 04:07 PM

Nice one Adam


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