Drill Press Stand

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Project by Mark Gipson posted 04-26-2013 11:39 AM 4412 views 18 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My drill press has been on the end of my bench since I bought it a year ago. Not ideal as the loss of bench space was annoying and the press was too close to a wall. Something had to be done. Recently I was looking around a lumber yard on Bangkok’s ‘Wood Street’ and found a stack of 2×8’s, in good condition and reasonably priced, for Thailand that is. I remembered a nice looking stand from ShopNotes that used 2×8’s and this is the result.
I modified the plans slightly to reduce the overall height. The original plans would have put the press even higher than my bench which was already too high for a guy like me with short legs. I reduced the size of the legs and the lower box.
The lower box is full of sand to reduce the center of gravity. Coupled with some good quality wheels this stand is easy to move and very stable. This isn’t going to topple over when I hit a bump in the floor. My shop is tiny so I need to be able to move everything easily.
Three long trays provide storage for drill bits, sanding drums etc.

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#1 posted 04-26-2013 12:48 PM

That is one awesome set-up. The rounded edges makes it look inviting to use.

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#2 posted 04-26-2013 01:22 PM

What a beauty! Very nice a real nice set-up.

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

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#3 posted 04-26-2013 02:50 PM

I like the bit storage drawers. What do you store in the little drawer just below table?

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#4 posted 04-26-2013 03:13 PM

I used to have most of my drill bits crammed in the drawer under the table. Now there is just a chuck key, a few spade bits and some old twist bits.

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#5 posted 04-26-2013 03:22 PM

That is real nice and it should enhance your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 04-26-2013 05:12 PM

Very nice compliments.

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#7 posted 04-26-2013 06:37 PM

Woodenskier and I built drill press tables from ShopNotes issue 94 a year ago and they work well.
The vacuum system really does the job with a small vacuum.
I would suggest you have a floor model drill press to get the most out of it.
Not enough room under the drill head.
The ability to clamp objects is tremendous.
The only downside for me, is my pencils keep rolling through the slots and off the table…ha ha ha
Great job from the guys at ShopNotes.
I recommend this plan over all others.
Good time to learn pattern routing to make inserts.

-- Quicksilver

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#8 posted 04-29-2013 04:00 PM

Great set and great build. Looks really sturdy and convenient to use.

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