compact drillpress table

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Project by StudioFormaat posted 199 days ago 2310 views 13 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 199 days ago

That’s ingenious.

Where did you get the base and vertical tubes from?

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 199 days ago

Ingenious design, thumbs up!!!


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#3 posted 199 days ago

Very nice idea.

-- - Martin

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Patrick's work shop

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#4 posted 199 days ago

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

-- Patrick's work shop

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#5 posted 199 days ago

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 199 days ago

WOW does not quite cover it.

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

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#7 posted 199 days ago

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 199 days ago

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 199 days ago

Very nicely done with typical Dutch precision.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Tyler Moseley

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#10 posted 199 days ago

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 199 days ago

Thanks for the answers!

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#12 posted 198 days ago

great little table.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 195 days ago

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 repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#14 posted 177 days ago

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

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#15 posted 163 days ago

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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