compact drillpress table

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Project by StudioFormaat posted 01-09-2014 04:56 PM 3433 views 15 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To maximize the capacity of my drill press I made a compact table in birch-plywood with a melamine top.
With a movable fence, adjustable stop, bright LED-light, slots for a vice and a flexible shopvac tube holder that can bring the mouth of the tube close to the workpiece. The top has a center and mesurment lines engraved into the surfuce for quick and easy set-up. To create more leverage, controle and comfort a D-handle is attached on the original straigth handle.

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#1 posted 01-09-2014 05:03 PM

That’s ingenious.

Where did you get the base and vertical tubes from?

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 01-09-2014 05:11 PM

Ingenious design, thumbs up!!!


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#3 posted 01-09-2014 05:20 PM

Very nice idea.

-- - Martin

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#4 posted 01-10-2014 01:41 AM

That is nice. ,what kind of drill is that? Shovel Handel is cool.

-- Patrick's work shop

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#5 posted 01-10-2014 01:43 AM

Looks like a Matabo drill. But I’m wondering what brand the actual drill press is or did he make that? Excellent design.

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#6 posted 01-10-2014 02:33 AM

WOW does not quite cover it.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#7 posted 01-10-2014 03:45 AM

Somewhere, somebody is looking at their shovel and asking “what the heck happened to my handle?” :-)

That’s a pretty cool project.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#8 posted 01-10-2014 04:20 AM

Dear fellow woodworkers,

For this drill press i used a early 80’s model stand from AEG that i found recently on Ebay for only € 10,-
Had some work on the solid steel shaft to get it ultra smove.
The drill it self is a Metabo 1100W and has electronic speed controle, very handy when working with large diameters in hardwood.
The flexible chrome shaft comes from an old microfone attachment, the adjustable stop is an exstra from my Inca bandsaw. The D-handle was bought in a agricultural hardware store. LED-light from Ikea.
It all works amazingly accurate and makes drilling a lot easier.

Greetings from The Netherlands

Michael, Studio Formaat

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#9 posted 01-10-2014 09:51 AM

Very nicely done with typical Dutch precision.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 01-10-2014 03:27 PM

Very impressed!

-- Measure Twice, cut two, three times, plane, join, sand, coat, sand, coat, sand, coat, buff, wax, polish, brag. It's a process.

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#11 posted 01-10-2014 03:57 PM

Thanks for the answers!

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#12 posted 01-10-2014 05:06 PM

great little table.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario (

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#13 posted 01-13-2014 04:34 PM

That is the smallest drill station with the biggest bang for your buck that I’ve ever seen!!! Awesome ingenuity .

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#14 posted 01-31-2014 08:04 PM

Is there a spring on the shaft, or how does in rise back up?

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#15 posted 02-15-2014 05:23 AM

certainly an interesting build… well done, very creative…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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