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Project by Vertigo posted 212 days ago 1349 views 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this drill press table and cabinet to make my delta/Rockwell boring machine more suitable for woodworking. It’s all built of 3/4 cherry plywood. After restoring the drill press I started by building a base that I could bolt the drill press to, and then built a cabinet around it. I built a drawer that wraps around the post of the drill press to get the most out of the space. I used the drawer bottom to function as the rails as well. It runs In a dado down each side, this way I never have to worry about the drawer bottom falling out. I also made the drawer front extend to the floor so when the drawer is fully extended the front acts as a kickstand. After the base was done I started building the table. The table 36” wide and 22” deep. It rests on the existing cast iron table. The fence is an 36” incra with a shop stop on it. There are also two incra t tracks in it. I set them 1/64” above the table so that the fence slides nice and easy back and forth but it’s not enough to snag any work pieces. The t tracks also hold two incra hold downs. I’ve finally got to use this setup and I have to say I love it. I couldn’t be happier

-- Greg - Ferdinand and Son Construction: Do it right the first time. Like us on Facebook





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JL7

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#1 posted 212 days ago

Well done Greg, looks like a pretty clever design and should be really functional…That’s a pretty serious drill press too….wow, very cool. Enjoy.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Vertigo

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#2 posted 212 days ago

Thanks Jeff. Got the DP for 50 bucks from a cabinet maker I knew who had to downsize. Yay me. It was however puke green at the time and not working the greatest. But a little putty and paint makes em look what they ain’t.

-- Greg - Ferdinand and Son Construction: Do it right the first time. Like us on Facebook

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#3 posted 212 days ago

That is a very substantial DP….
Very fitting that you made a substantial base and table!

Nice job on the DP rehab & accessory build!!!

Is there a sacrificial plate for drilling, err boring thru holes???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Cruiszr

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#4 posted 212 days ago

Nice job, could use a new table for my drill press as well.

-- George R. Forest, Virginia

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steve_in_ohio

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#5 posted 212 days ago

very nice, The drawer at the bottom is pretty clever. Great work

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#6 posted 212 days ago

Wow! Nice job!

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Blurrytree

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#7 posted 212 days ago

Very nice work!

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#8 posted 212 days ago

Wow man! That is some nice work!

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Vertigo

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#9 posted 212 days ago

Randy. Not yet I haven’t decided square or round for the plates. I still have to get a drum sander for it. When I do I’ll just use the plunge router and a template

-- Greg - Ferdinand and Son Construction: Do it right the first time. Like us on Facebook

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Vertigo

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#10 posted 212 days ago

Thanks for all the positive comments guys. I think I’m gonna cry. sniff sniff ;^)

-- Greg - Ferdinand and Son Construction: Do it right the first time. Like us on Facebook

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Hawaiilad

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#11 posted 212 days ago

Very nice Greg. I have a question for you. While looking at the picture of the DP, I do not see the teeth gearing most DP’s have. But I do see a handle I believe is used to tighten the table to the pole…correct? The reason I asked, is because on my Delta DP, that gearing has pulled away from the post and broke in half. I was thinking something like is on yours might work on mine as well.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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Vertigo

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#12 posted 211 days ago

Hey Larry. My press originally had a rack and pinion gearset on the left hand side of the pole. But the gearbox was missing when I got it so I cut the rack off of it. The gearbox was 1400 to replace(not happening). The handle on the right locks the table to the pole and I use a bottle jack to raise it considering the cast table is heavy as hell. I store the bottle jack in the cabinet behind the pole. The table top had to be cut to fit it around the pole. So the piece that was cut out is just laying on top. So I remove it and store the jack inside. Seems to work out for me. If I get a chance I’ll post a close up tomorrow

-- Greg - Ferdinand and Son Construction: Do it right the first time. Like us on Facebook

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Hawaiilad

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#13 posted 211 days ago

Thanks Greg. That is a floor model DP isn’t it? I like your idea of the bottle jack, but I was wondering where you placed the jack..not on top of your nice drawer do you? And if it is a floor model, wouldn’t the jack have to be pretty tall? Don’t you just love it when our minds starting working. If you have a picture of the set up with the jack, I would love to see it

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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Vertigo

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#14 posted 210 days ago

Sorry for the delay Larry. We got whacked with a foot and a half of snow and my son had a small surgery so it’s been a little crazy. I’ll take a pic tomorrow for you. Btw jealous of your location

-- Greg - Ferdinand and Son Construction: Do it right the first time. Like us on Facebook

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Hawaiilad

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#15 posted 210 days ago

No problem Greg…I see on the news you all got hit pretty hard with the snow and bad weather. We are receiving lots of rain today but your right…this is a great place to live…Hope you son will be fine.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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