Hybrid Drill Press/Downdraft Table

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Project by luv2learn posted 03-16-2013 11:38 PM 5132 views 32 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second of three upgrades to my drill press. The first was to build a mobile base The idea for a dual purpose drill press table was born when I built my scroll saw downdraft table The table measures 12”x30” and is 2” deep. The frame is 1/2” Baltic Birch plywood. I inset the bottom panel which is 1/4” hardboard finished on both sides. The top is 1/4” pegboard also inset and left loose. The replaceable insert is 3/8”x4”x4” particle board that is finished on one side. I routed T-slots in the two birch 7/8”x3 1/2”x11 1/2” ends. I glued and doweled all the support pieces to the frame.

The next step was to find a way to attach the hybrid table to the existing drill press table. I wanted the hybrid table to sit snugly with no wobble on the existing table without having to fasten them together. The 1” centering dowel and the four hardwood slot inserts worked beautifully for this purpose.

The last thing to do was to make a 2 1/2” hole in the right end of the table to insert the dust collection hose. After the hole was drilled I glued two pieces of 1/2” plywood on each side of the hole at a 45 degree angle to funnel the dust and chips to the port. Does it work? You bet it does. If the chips are too big for the peg board holes I simply remove the insert and sweep them into the table.

The fence is 2” thick by 3 1/2” tall by 30” long.

The last phase of my drill press upgrade is to build the storage unit under the table.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#1 posted 03-16-2013 11:42 PM

Two down one to go. Nice job.

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#2 posted 03-17-2013 12:03 AM

holy crap – a drill press on steroids – good work!
great way way to utilize your space

-- Greg Simon

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#3 posted 03-17-2013 12:30 AM

Lee, These additions to your drill press are very impressive! It rolls, It keeps the dust out it even drills holes and soon it will have a storage cabinet!
Knowing you Lee this drill press will be making Ice Cream next!
Love it! Nice work! :)

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 03-17-2013 12:36 AM

great additions to your drill press…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#5 posted 03-17-2013 01:07 AM

I’ll betcha that really sukx…........ It should… Nice build

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 03-17-2013 01:17 AM

Great build, thanks for sharing

-- Norman

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#7 posted 03-17-2013 02:36 AM

Great work and I totally Favorited it so that I might do something similar.

-- Russ

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#8 posted 03-17-2013 03:24 AM

Nice work. If I had a stand alone drill press you would have a copy cat in your footsteps. You do have great ideas.

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#9 posted 03-17-2013 01:53 PM

Great idea and even better execution. I favorited this so I can steal/use it myself.

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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#10 posted 03-17-2013 02:53 PM

Hey Tony, if I can chuck up an ice cream paddle that just might work :).

Greg, I had a separate dust collection table made awhile ago but it was a hassle taking it on and off all the time. Then I bought a spindle sander and the table was seldom used so I figured I would build a table that served multiple purposes.

Jerry, when one of my fellow LJs favorites one of my projects it is a real compliment. Thank you.

Thanks everyone for their kind words on this project.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#11 posted 03-17-2013 11:58 PM

Nice build L2L…..that is a really great idea bud. Not too shabby for a retired ironworker…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#12 posted 03-18-2013 01:09 AM

Hey Buster, just having fun in my old age :).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 04-02-2013 09:34 AM

Lee, Nice execution. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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