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Forum topic by aw234 posted 02-15-2016 02:53 PM 595 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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aw234

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02-15-2016 02:53 PM

Hey folks! I lingered here for a bit and have got a lot of useful information, so thank you all.

My wife found a discarded Harbor Freight Central Machinery Model 38144 drill press, and to my surprise it actually works fairly well after I cleaned it up. It is missing the cast iron table that comes on it, but it has the table support which rotates.

Any ideas on a good way to make my own? Here it is:


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Viking

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#1 posted 02-15-2016 03:05 PM

Check with HF. You can probably get a replacement iron table then build whatever you want to attach to it.

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#2 posted 02-15-2016 03:08 PM

That’s a lucky find!

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aw234

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#3 posted 02-15-2016 11:47 PM

HF was no help, the part is not available anymore. I can’t seem to find anything, so I might just make one out of wood. Anyone have ideas for that? I just need something flat that can be held into place. Or maybe another brand has a table that will fit? Thanks!

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dhazelton

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#4 posted 02-15-2016 11:49 PM

It looks like you need a threaded pipe stub of whatever diameter that hole is, then a threaded flange that you could screw a piece of wood to. Easy peasy.

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aw234

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#5 posted 02-15-2016 11:56 PM

I think that is the route I will take, thank you for the help. I found a few replacement tables for other models, but I am not really wanting to spend much fixing up a HF tool, and I am cheap!

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#6 posted 02-16-2016 01:12 AM

I would cut some discs to fit that opening, glue em together, glue a plywood ‘deck’ to that, and then put a HF drill press table on the plywood deck. I decided that the HF table was cheaper than I could buy parts and make my own.

The HF drillpress table is one of their “gems”.

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#7 posted 02-16-2016 01:42 AM

Even without the CI table, that thing can’t be light. Did your wife wrestle it into the back of a vehicle all by herself?! Talk about a woman who supports your hobby (and frugalness)!

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aw234

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#8 posted 02-16-2016 02:47 AM

It was on the street in front of a driveway with a sign that said “Free, good motor”, she was able to tilt it down and somehow get it into her Pontiac Vibe. I was pretty impressed, it weighs 125 lbs, and she isn’t a bodybuilder.

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#9 posted 02-16-2016 03:35 AM



I would cut some discs to fit that opening, glue em together, glue a plywood deck to that, and then put a HF drill press table on the plywood deck. I decided that the HF table was cheaper than I could buy parts and make my own.

The HF drillpress table is one of their “gems”.

- gfadvm

Got one of those the other day….good to know that it is, indeed, one of their “gems.” You’re right about it being cheaper(and faster) to buy instead of build.

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#10 posted 02-16-2016 01:26 PM

When you do this, I would use two pieces of wood for the top. The first screwed to the flange and the second one on top may need to be shimmed to be perpendicular to the bit.

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runswithscissors

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#11 posted 02-16-2016 11:59 PM

I’d start by looking for a piece of pipe that will fit that mounting hole. A pipe flange on the end gives you a solid base for a wooden table. As long as it’s for wood working, should be plenty sturdy, but maybe not for drilling metal.

Of course, it’s possible (likely?) that the post hole is metric, in which case I have nothing further to say.

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#12 posted 02-17-2016 12:46 AM

I’d bet money that it’s metric, but pipe sizes go by inside diameter, and they’re nominal to boot, so the outside diameter would be as close to a metric size as anything else. Besides, steel pipe isn’t perfectly round, so it would have to be machined no matter what.

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runswithscissors

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#13 posted 02-17-2016 01:21 AM

The hole has a clamp on it, which would make it easier to fit a not-quite-perfect size.

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#14 posted 02-17-2016 04:11 AM



It looks like you need a threaded pipe stub of whatever diameter that hole is, then a threaded flange that you could screw a piece of wood to. Easy peasy.

- dhazelton

This is what I did to make a large table with fence etc for my drill press. However, in my case the clamp was just a bit too small for the nearest size pipe. Perhaps I could have spread it (with a great deal of force), but I was concerned I might crack it. Also, I still wanted to be able to swap between it and the metal working table.

So a friend of mine reduced the diameter of the pipe on his lathe. It worked great. And I did shim the flange to square up the drill bit to the table.

Another advantage I stumbled on is that with the hollow support (the pipe), I could stick my shop vac hose on the bottom and when I use a drum sanding attachment in the drill press, and appropriate clearance insert in the table a built, ZERO dust.

-- Clin

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benchbuilder

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#15 posted 02-17-2016 12:39 PM

Nice find, I would take this time to maybe look at the shopsmith woodworking site and look at the table they designed to add to a drill press, that you can build. Saving a few bucks vs having a nice table top for your drill press, is it worth it, how much do you already have in it?

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