|Project by luv2learn||posted 03-16-2013 11:38 PM||3340 views||28 times favorited||13 comments|
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