|Review by jim C||posted 10-23-2011 07:36 PM||3644 views||1 time favorited||14 comments|
I acquired a good old (early 70’s) 14” cast iron (read “heavy”) drill press this spring. It was hardly used, but required elbow grease from a long period in a basement.
I haven’t used it much as I don’t like working with wood on a cast iron table.
Yesterday I went to Woodcraft and picked the the Pinnacle auxiliary drill press table for $99.00.
The key to giving it 5 stars is the care you need to take when installing it so you can reap the benefits of their design.
The first thing I did was to align the cast iron table to the quill by using a forstner bit that was a touch smaller than the table hole. I than rotated the table so the elongated slots were parallel left and right.
Next I set the movable fence dead center to the side grids and locked it down. Then I scribed lines on the MDF insert so I had perfect center related to the graduated inserts and centered movable fence.
I marked 2 points 4” left and 4” right of the scribed center. Pinnacle gives you wood screws and washers to attach the table, but I chose 5/16 machine bolts for better rigidity.
I carefully lined up the table by bringing the quill down and having a “pointer in the chuck, zeroing in on the scribed MDF, and tightening the table down.
The final thing was to drill a 3/8” hole through dead center.
The beauty of mounting this table carefully is you can put a workpiece relative to the grid and drill holes to very accurate dimensions. If you need a hole 3” by 5” from the corner of a piece, no need to mark the piece, just line it up to the graduations.
Thats the mechanical beauty of this well made table. Pinnacle had their thinking cap on. The surface is high pressure laminate micro dot which is extremely durable and friendly to wood.
The graduated inserts are marked incredibly well and visually pleasing. They have t-slots for any clamping arrangement you might need and accommodate 5/16 nuts.
It comes with a sliding stop for the fence.
The MDF insert I drilled the 3/8” hole in will be replaced and used only for resetting the table when I tilt, swing or move it for various set-ups. This “reference” insert make it a 30 second operation to re-align the table to dead center.
Now the BEST part….......Made in U.S.A.
I’m a happy camper
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