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Blog entry by richgreer posted 01-05-2010 04:11 PM 6132 reads 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just bought a new drill press (Delta’s 16.5 inch floor mount) and I want a drill press table. I could make it myself, but I see almost exactly what I want on the Grizzly website for $32.99. The materials I would need to make my own would cost close to that.

Here is what I don’t understand – - Rockler also offers a table that looks to almost identical to the Grizzly model for $99.99. That’s a huge price difference.

In general, I like Rockler. Their service is great and their prices are usually reasonable. However, in this instance I just don’t understand that much price differential for virtually the same product.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.



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MDeSchepper

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#1 posted 01-05-2010 04:30 PM

In my opinion it’s choice. If it was me I would ask if I wanted the satisfaction of building my own table or get the one from Grizzly and promptly be able to start on your next, possibly more rewarding project. On some items, I think Rockler gets away with charging prices because they can. The Rockler looks like a bigger surface and can accommodate a sander. I just got a new Delta drill press from Santa and I too am looking for a drill press table. I am personally leaning to building my own so I can customize to exactly what my specific needs are.

-- Mark DeSchepper -- The things I make may be for gifts for others, but making them is a gift to myself.

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Cory

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#2 posted 01-05-2010 04:50 PM

I haven’t seen the Grizzly table in person, but I’ve read that it’s not very well put together. The complaint I’ve read about is that the attachment to the table is shoddy and the durability of the laminate is suspect. I haven’t heard those same complaints about the Rockler table.

I built my own table with just a piece of scrap melamine and some red oak and t-track. It took all of about an hour and cost about $20.

That having been said, I’m strongly considering buying a Woodpecker’s DP table like the one here:

You should also check out MLCS and Hartville Tool.

Good luck!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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Vince

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#3 posted 01-05-2010 04:57 PM

Cory…if you plan on buying the woodpecker DP then you should send me your home built table because it looks to nice to toss.

-- Vince

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Tim Dahn

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#4 posted 01-05-2010 05:01 PM

Just looked at the Grizzly table, hard to beat for the $$$ with all the T-tracks, knobs and such. Take look at the manual on the Grizzly site to see if the mounting is satisfactory.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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dbhost

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#5 posted 01-05-2010 05:02 PM

I own the Grizzly, I have seen the Rockler table in store. The Rockler table has their blue T track where the grizz is silver. The fence on the Rockler uses an aluminum bracket to connect to the table, meaning the star knobs aren’t as likely to be hit by the elevation handles.

To be honest, the Rockler is nice, but it isn’t anywhere near $99.00 nice. And it has the same problem the Grizzly has. Melamine coated particle board… I have had some hardware pulling out of mine due to humidity and particle board construction (My shop is in coastal Texas). I fixed it with Gorilla Glue and sawdust, but it is annoying that I had to…

Once this thing annoys me enough, I am going to build my own…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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PurpLev

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#6 posted 01-05-2010 05:10 PM

I built my own and made it custom to what I wanted it to do with built in vertical support for drilling in end grain
shop built drill press
I blogged it here:
http://lumberjocks.com/PurpLev/blog/7922

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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richgreer

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#7 posted 01-05-2010 05:11 PM

Cory’s post and picture has really influenced me. It shows that you can display some craftsmanship in something as pragmatic as a DP table. I’m not a big melamine fan and I have a nice piece of 3/4 oak plywood laying around. I’ll trim in oak like Cory did. Off to buy some t-track.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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PurpLev

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#8 posted 01-05-2010 05:15 PM

Rich – as I mentioned in my blog – you’ll need to beef up (double up, etc) that 3/4” plywood if you want to put any tracks in it, or the dado for the track will leave your plywood useless as it’ll be too thin. too thin to actually hold the track securely, and too thin that it’ll lose it’s rigidity.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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richgreer

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#9 posted 01-05-2010 05:19 PM

I will be gluing up the plywood with a 3/4” piece of MDF. That should make for a pretty solid table.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Cory

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#10 posted 01-05-2010 05:25 PM

Rich, I just used a single sheet of 3/4” material and the mini t-track from Hartville Tool (I believe it’s 3/8” deep). I know Sharon mentioned that the track won’t hold securely, but I’ve not experienced that, yet.

Vince, if I do get the Woodpecker’s table I’ll PM you and send my old table your way!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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Dusty56

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#11 posted 01-05-2010 05:43 PM

I thought the new Delta’s were coming through with a woodworking table on them now with the T-Track slots milled into the wide , rectangular tables and a replaceable center insert. Maybe it was a JET that I saw …I honestly can’t remember right now , but it was at WoodCraft.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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rtb

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#12 posted 01-05-2010 06:13 PM

I have the Rockler, bought it on sale. I buy a lot of stuff from rockler but only when its on sale. I think that a lot of their stuff is priced high so it looks like a big bargain when its on sale. If and when it dies I will build my own. I guess it depends on what material you have on hand.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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richgreer

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#13 posted 01-05-2010 06:23 PM

In response to Dusty – The Delta does have a rectangular table with the T-Tracks milled in. It also has a small wood insert. However, it has no fence and I prefer to work on a larger wooden surface. Drill presses are one of the few machines that are used as much by metal workers as woodworkers. That steel table makes me think of metal working.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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dbhost

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#14 posted 01-05-2010 06:30 PM

Oh, if you have the Delta with the square table with slots in it, if it is anything like the ones I have seen, the Grizzly, and small Rockler tables are no bigger… Build your own…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 01-06-2010 03:10 AM

You’ll appreciate it more if you make it yourself!
Find a office table top with good laminate on a 1 1/4” particle board core. You can find them for $5 at the resale shops like our Restore for Habitat for Humanity.You can rout a groove in it for a t-channel and screw it down with machine screws and t- nuts in from the bottlom. Makes a killer table! That would cost $199 at Rockler….......

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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