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Project by Aaron McCain posted 01-20-2014 05:37 AM 1830 views 17 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My grandfather gave me his bench top drill press about 5-6 years ago and I attached a piece of melamine to the little table to serve as a drill press table. This worked through the Christmas season this year, but I decided it was time to upgrade.

So I trimmed a piece of MDF with some scrap cherry and covered it with a piece of laminate. Then I routed out grooves for a pair of T-tracks and a recess for a sacrificial plate. I sunk the holes for the mounting bolts into the recess and drilled a hole that extends through to the underlying table.

I had a thick piece of mahogany lying around that I used for a simple fence. I used slots instead of holes to allow for the fence to pivot instead of staying perpendicular to the edges of the table.

The last feature is a dust collection box beneath the table to use in conjunction with sanding drums. I made a few plates with holes sized for each of the drums. This works pretty sweet. Now I need to come up with something to collect the chips generated through normal drilling operations.

I like it and ironically had to use the table to finish the fence.





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redryder

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#1 posted 01-20-2014 06:11 AM

This looks as good as any I’ve seen. I like the low profile.

Now I need to come up with something to collect the chips generated through normal drilling operations.

Dust pan and broom is the best I can find….................

-- mike...............

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shopdog

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#2 posted 01-20-2014 12:08 PM

Nice table. Everything it need to be
I have to build me one of those.

-- Steve-- http://www.urbanexteriors.biz

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MalcolmLaurel

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#3 posted 01-20-2014 12:31 PM

DOH! Now I know why I should have kept that bunch of scrap aluminum t-slot extrusions that I finally threw away last year after saving for years. Nice setup. Do you have trouble with the chuck staying on the taper shaft when using the drum sander?

-- Malcolm Laurel - http://MalcolmLaurel.com https://www.etsy.com/shop/MalcolmLaurel

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Aaron McCain

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#4 posted 01-20-2014 04:00 PM

Thanks guys. I haven’t had any issues with the chuck.

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 01-20-2014 07:20 PM

That will be a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#6 posted 02-15-2014 05:29 AM

nice work, mind if I borrow some of the ideas on this one? have this on my future build list and there are a few great ideas on yours… thanks for sharing…

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

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Aaron McCain

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#7 posted 02-15-2014 05:34 AM

Have at it. They say imitation is the best form of flattery.

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