Drill press table

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Project by Mark posted 07-13-2013 07:08 PM 1916 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yup. Another drill press table. 24 X 18”. 2 layers of 5/8 plywood with a 1/4” fiber board top. I trimmed it with Cherry (scrapes). I used toilet anchors for T bolts. I thought the drawer was a good idea. The cigaret tins a great for drill bits etc. I gave the whole thing a coat of “teak” oil and 2 coats of varnish to keep out the moisture. I made the knobs from 2” cherry. This was a fun project.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 07-13-2013 07:41 PM

nice one, and cool idea with that drawer

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#2 posted 07-13-2013 09:01 PM

Very nice! Great size, and i like the drawer idea also. Did you incorporate a lift out replaceable insert in the center for through drilling, maybe using hardboard. I can’t see a top view.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#3 posted 07-14-2013 12:53 AM

Very nice drill press table…I like the addition of the drawer, great idea….well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 07-14-2013 02:13 AM

Beautiful job. A work of art.

Did you have any problem with interference with the lift mechanism?

-- Cheers -- g

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#5 posted 07-14-2013 04:36 AM

Really classy put together of “scraps”. And this is something I will be doing shortly.
Question: your home made knobs with T-Nuts. Is this explained in any blog or such? I thought T-Nuts are not viable in this situation because they could back out?

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#6 posted 07-14-2013 02:49 PM

Thanks for all the kind words gents. Gary. I was aware there could be a problem with clearance between the table and the lift crank so I tried to compensate for that. In the end though I found if you want to keep the table back as far as possible you have to cut the back of the table in that area. I had to go back with a jig saw at a 45° angle and trim a 2 1/2” strip 4-5” long across the right side. Fortunately it wasn’t deep enough to open the inside of the table casing.
I’m afraid I don’t have a blog on how I did it and I don’t have any shop time to redo one, but I got the idea from one of the LJ’s. If you do a search for wooden knobs there’s all kinds of info comes up. Good luck on the project.

Holbs. The T-Nuts work in this instance because the force from tightening the knob is pulling the T nut into the wood. If I was to do it over again I would cut a 1/4” off the top of the knob blank (before I drill the grips) counter sink the thicker piece to accept the T nut, glue it back together then drill and cut the knob.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 07-14-2013 04:11 PM

This is a great table. It even features Player’s drill bit storage boxes! What a reminiscence! Thanks.

@ Holbs: Here’s one method to make such home made star knobs



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