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03-03-2017 03:26 PM

I have a Delta rolling base that I want to use for a Delta drill press. It’s one where you supply the lumber to fit the base dimensions. The instructions say to use 1.5” square hardwood, preferably cherry or oak or maple.

I happen to have some 4/4 poplar lying around. Can I laminate this to get to a size I can plane down to 1.5” and use it in place of those other species?

I might have some oak too also in 4/4 but I’d like to use the poplar if I can. My main goal is for the stand to not collapse on me….


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#1 posted 03-03-2017 03:40 PM

I bought one of those Delta bases at a garage sale and it came with glued up 3/4 oak and it worked just fine on my old delta table saw. I would orient the glue joints vertically so that the bolts don’t end up going horizontally through them. I needed to change the dimensions when I decided to try it with my much heavier bandsaw and used pine 2×4s to cut down to size for the new rails. It also worked but the pine definitely flexed more, especially with the heavier weight and the longer span on the longer dimension. I ended up making a more stable base for it. The drill press probably has a small enough footprint and is light enough that flexing won’t me much of a problem.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 03-03-2017 03:41 PM

Should be fine, a drill press wont be amongst the more heavy machines you could be putting on that base.

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#3 posted 03-03-2017 04:35 PM



Should be fine, a drill press wont be amongst the more heavy machines you could be putting on that base.

- ShaneA

No, not the heaviest, but maybe the TOP heaviest with a small footprint. I’d reconsider making a floor standing drill press into a roller.

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#4 posted 03-03-2017 04:39 PM


No, not the heaviest, but maybe the TOP heaviest with a small footprint. I d reconsider making a floor standing drill press into a roller.

- dhazelton

The manufacturer acknowledges that a rolling stand is reasonable configuration and prescribes a wider plywood base to make it safe. Of course I wouldn’t use it while mobile and I’m moving 2 feet at most: away from the wall and back again. An acceptable risk in my judgment.

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#5 posted 03-03-2017 06:00 PM

I have a few of those mobile bases and I used plain old construction 2×4s ripped to width. So far, so good. But I have never put anything as top heavy as a drill press onto one of them. However, I have recently purchased a new Delta 18-900L drill press that I would like to put on one. For that one, I think I am going to to my metal supplier and get some steel square tubing for the job, and maybe some steel plate for an insert.

Wayne

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#6 posted 03-03-2017 08:19 PM

Just a thought. Since you only intend to move it a little, you might want to look at some of the DIY drill tables mobile bases out there. I think it will be more stable overall and won’t have the big foot lever for raising it sticking out.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#7 posted 03-03-2017 08:44 PM

Nathan, thanks. I was already planning on a cabinet for bits and whatnot and just found this, which looks great

http://www.woodsmithshop.com/media/pdf/707/3-in-1-drill-press-upgrade.pdf

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#8 posted 03-04-2017 02:49 PM

Hah! That is actually the one I was thinking of when I suggested a simpler base. I just could not remember where I saw it.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#9 posted 03-04-2017 03:47 PM



Nathan, thanks. I was already planning on a cabinet for bits and whatnot and just found this, which looks great

http://www.woodsmithshop.com/media/pdf/707/3-in-1-drill-press-upgrade.pdf

- leftcoaster


Very nice cabinet. If I ever get time I may build it for myself.

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