Drill Press Cabinet

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Project by tjscott posted 09-19-2008 04:06 AM 8250 views 14 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a new drill press for Christmas. I’ve had the opportunity to use it and it doesn’t work too well sitting on the floor. Thus the need for a cabinet to put it on. I found a plan for a basic kitchen cabinet and decided to use it as a basis for my cabinet. After making some adjustments for the size I needed, the resulting cabinet is what I ended up with. It consists of 3/4 inch cabinet grade plywood for the sides and bottom, 1/2 inch plywood for the back, two pieces of 3/4 inch MDF laminated for the top and some poplar for the face frame. I have not decided on the drawers/doors, etc. yet. I also plan to edge the top with some more poplar to finish it off. I’m not sure what configuration to use for drawers, etc on the bottom. I guess I need to figure out what I’d like to store there first.

I used dadoes and rabbits for the cabinet frame. The face frame is built with pocket screws. All of these were the first attempts at this kind of joinery for me. I’m pretty happy with the results.

-- Tom, Charlotte, North Carolina

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#1 posted 09-19-2008 04:18 AM

I think it will be great, I’ve a drill press myself that needs a home and you’ve given me something to think about.

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#2 posted 09-19-2008 05:14 AM

Looks like it’ll work just fine. Nice job.

-- Robby Myer, Walnut Creek, CA

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#3 posted 09-19-2008 07:34 AM

Thanks for reminding me, that’s another item on my ‘hubbydo’ list. I was thinking of something along the same lines, support plus storage.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#4 posted 09-19-2008 03:08 PM

Yes this is EXACTLY what I need to get the Death Star fully operational. Well … maybe 10% operational. Oh yea I’ve decided to name my shop “The Death Star”.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#5 posted 09-20-2008 12:27 PM

I did the same thing myself, in fact I am putting my bandsaw, thickness planer and belt sander on similar cabinets.
I have a small shop so I cannot have my tools in set positions. To get around this I added castors underneath the cabinets so that they can be pulled out for use and stowed again afterwards


-- Glyn, North Carolina

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#6 posted 09-20-2008 02:19 PM

This cabinet looks great, I just took the legs off of my Jet tablesaw and did a similar cabinet. You will love it!

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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#7 posted 09-25-2008 04:45 PM

Nice cabinet. I have a Delta drill press of similar size that is bolted to an old rusty AV cart. I may have consider upgrading to a nice cabinet like yours.

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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#8 posted 12-21-2009 09:31 PM

I have several tools on rolling cabinets in my limited-space garage shop. Mine are adaptations of a plan that was published in Wood Magazine a few years ago, and the tools themselves are mounted on interchangeable tops that allow me to use more than one tool on a cabinet. They stack in a storage cabinet that is also on casters. I couldn’t do without my movable cabinets. Yours is much finer than mine. I just went with functional dimensional lumber with hardboard panels and MDF doors. Great job on yours. I’m sure you’ll get great use out of it.

-- Phil, North Carolina

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#9 posted 03-03-2010 02:56 AM

are you kiddin me?! i have the same drill press that i got for christmas! mines at the end of the bench. they run great!

-- ---ray suppan--- anger + woodworking = -finger AHHHHHHHH!!!!

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#10 posted 03-03-2010 03:00 AM

Man, oh, MAN, am I a lazy slug.

I stuck mine on a HF shop tool stand (about $29).

Oh, it works just fine, but … yours is a far better looking solution, and … you made it!

Nice job!

-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 06-29-2010 04:54 PM

Great job Tom, I need to do the same. Hey Phil, can you tell me which issue of Wood you used to build yours?

-- Tom

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#12 posted 05-06-2017 11:25 AM

This is a very nice drill cabinet. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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