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Project by kiefer posted 02-09-2014 05:09 AM 3887 views 20 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my drill press table in a near finished stage just short a few more accessories .
I posted this dove tail design table some time ago but never got around to install it but now I have a project on the go that it will be very handy for .
The thing that bothered me when I installed the fence was that the crank and lock lever behind the table where very hard to operate so I made a extension for the lift mechanism and also for the lock lever .The lift crank is now at the right rear corner and I reversed the lock lever to be at the right side also by deleting the original lever and replacing it with a slightly smaller diameter bolt and nut and attached a extension and flip handle ratchet .
Now it is easy to raise or lower the table and I can see when I have to align the table while standing up and no knuckle busting .
In addition to the lift I also made a fence with dove tail track and a couple end stops with retractable fingers which will come in handy when I drill for Euro hinges as I can set them up close together and drill both top and bottom hole locations by letting the door rest against the finger and let the other side push up the finger and slide under the stop block ( see pics ).
The stop blocks can also be used as regular blocks and will also be great to use on a sled or mitre saw fence as they give many options for set up.
The other accessories I made are a couple of hold dons made from some steam bent birch I had left over ,just glued up two layers and shaped and drilled to shape .
All the track is dovetail shape and I find this much stronger and don’t have any problems with the track pulling up and also find that the dove tail keys lock up very securely and also saved me a bunch of money on this project .
I added a few more pics and if there are questions please ask or criticize if you like .






-- Kiefer 松





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Woodwrecker

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#1 posted 02-09-2014 05:19 AM

Very nice work my friend.
Your improvements will make using this tool much more pleasant.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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#2 posted 02-09-2014 05:59 AM

Kiefer,

I’m in the planning stages. You have spent time planning , constructing and modifying. Looks like you used hard woods and furniture grade plywood. Reasons? Noticed the tightening arm is a little warped ?

Do you have dust collection?

Oh yeah, what are the three protrusions.

An inquiring mind wants to know. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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kiefer

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#3 posted 02-09-2014 06:08 AM

Thomas
Yes this table has been in the works for a couple of years .
The table is made from Baltic Birch Plywood and I used some Jatoba flooring for the fence and dove tail keys because of its strength.
The connecting rod to the lift mechanism is flexible that is why it looks like that .
Look at pic % you see the dust collection hose but it needs a funnel end for better results .
The three little protrusions are just play on the dove tail design of the table tracks .

-- Kiefer 松

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#4 posted 02-09-2014 06:11 AM

Very cool design great job.

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#5 posted 02-09-2014 06:17 AM

Very nice table! Makes mine look so plain.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16 http://www.TheCrookedNail.blogspot.com

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#6 posted 02-09-2014 07:48 AM

I like your spring loaded stop. It gets out of the way automatically, nice touch. I have just come up stairs from a session with my drill press, and saw all your really cool extensions on the table adjusters. I will have to copy you.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#7 posted 02-09-2014 09:37 AM

Great ideas here Klaus. I did especially like the stops, they would be equally handy on a router table fence.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 02-09-2014 01:50 PM

Nice build Keifer

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#9 posted 02-09-2014 02:11 PM

The dove tail design and the stops are great ideas. May have to use these. Great build.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#10 posted 02-09-2014 02:27 PM

Nice design and it looks good too. This table will make time spent at the drill press a little more interesting!
Love that sacrificial center insert. Great work as usual Kiefer!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#11 posted 02-09-2014 02:49 PM

Great looking table. It looks very well thought out. I like the extensions you added to the lift screw and lock down. Very ingenious.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 02-09-2014 04:03 PM

Nice table! I need to look into making adjustment handles like that.

-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

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#13 posted 02-09-2014 05:29 PM

Thanks for the feedback!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 02-09-2014 05:38 PM

That is AWESOME! Great job buddy

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#15 posted 02-09-2014 06:35 PM

Very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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