Drill press table drawer organizer

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Project by Brad posted 10-01-2013 02:42 AM 2677 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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If your shop is anything like mine, it slowly accumulates tools and accessories. Take my drill press for example. After completing a drill press table to be woodworking friendly, it needed two stops and two hold-downs to secure stock.

At first, I kept all four items on the table but found that I was removing two or three of them to complete a drilling operation. An endless cycle of remove 1, 2, 3 accessories, conduct the boring then replace all the pieces. What a waste of time.

In addition to the table accoutrements, there’s the multitude of drill press accessories that need a home.

Drum sanders, matching inserts and replacement inserts; not to mention overly long bits.

So after removing/adding table accessories for the thousandth time I decided to build an under-table drawer. In theory, it would provide a convenient home for many of my accessories and replace the remove-most-everything-then-replace-it cycle with, add-only-what-you need convenience. And it would reduce some clutter by getting accessories out of site.

Fueled by those hopes, I picked a wide pine board from my stash and built a U-shaped carcass to accept the drawer.

The overall dimensions are 6 ½” wide by 13” long by 4 ½” high. I used simple butt joints secured by glue and wood screws.

This I affixed under the table by driving screws from above. I inset the carcass so that the drawer front plus the pull were a hair recessed from the front lip of the table.

For the drawer, I used butt joints as well.

And I fashioned a drawer pull out of walnut. In fact, I used a piece of left over pull stock from the computer monitor pedestal project that I recently completed.

After that, I lined the ¼” plywood bottom with rubbery shelf liner, and loaded up some accessories.

The pine I used came from my boyhood home, and I think it was originally harvested in the 1970s. So after a coat of tung oil, the grain took on a pleasing appearance.

So far, it’s performing as I had hoped. It keeps the accessories I use most close at hand and has reduced clutter in my shop.

So if your drill press area looks like an accessory bomb went off, propelling accoutrement fragments all over the place, you may wish to add a drawer to help clean things up a bit.

Happy boring brothers and sisters!


-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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Jamie Speirs

4168 posts in 3055 days

#1 posted 10-01-2013 07:23 AM

Brad that is a good use of space
It reminds me of the old treadle sewing machine tables
I like


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 10-01-2013 12:47 PM

Efficient use of space, and it looks good two! I’m gearing up to do some organization projects as well, and this gave me some inspiration and ideas. Thanks! Now I just need to heal my back and get cleared to “play”.

-- Steve

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Don W

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#3 posted 10-01-2013 02:02 PM

I did something similar but made a rolling cart under it. It comes in handy and now all my drill stuff is in one spot. Excellent.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 10-01-2013 04:36 PM

Thank you everyone. RaggedKerf, Godspeed on getting cleared to play. Don, is this the project you’re referring to?

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If not, I’d love to see some shots of your drill press rolling cart.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#5 posted 10-01-2013 11:51 PM

Very nice Brad. You can’t beat a bit if de-cluttering.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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Dave G

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#6 posted 10-02-2013 08:49 AM

Love the drawer. You might consider a shelf for your new drill press home.

The idea comes from a magazine article somewhere years ago.

I glued and screwed a poplar ring to a piece of plywood and cut out inside the ring to fit around the drill press post. The ring does not go completely around the post and is two pieces. The second part is floating and is simply a filler. I added an edging lip to the outside of the plywood shelf to keep vibration from walking things off the table.

Overall the shelf works well because it keeps things at eye level and it does not interfere with normal operations at all.  

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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