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jazztrptaf

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03-25-2017 12:24 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question drill press

Hey y’all,

I have a “no-name” bench top type drill press I was given a few years ago and want to mount it on a cabinet with wheels. What I envision is similar to what Rayne has done ( http://lumberjocks.com/projects/126873 ) but I’m concerned/curious about the height of the cabinet top. I’m thinking 28” or 30” but am certainly open to suggestions. This’ll be not only the first woodworking project I’ve done in a long time, it’ll also be the biggest one I’ve done in a long time.

Suggestions welcome!!

Kerry

-- Kerry Moffit, Newport News, Virginia


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#1 posted 03-25-2017 12:36 AM

Set some wood blocks on a chair and stack them with the DP until you get to a good working height for yourself. Measure that and build your cabinet.

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#2 posted 03-25-2017 01:40 AM

+1 on papadan’s idea. I would think 30” is a good starting point to experiment with since that is typical table height. For casters, make sure you get a couple that lock. bigger wheels roll easier with weight on them.

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#3 posted 03-25-2017 03:33 AM

My HF 13” branch top sits on top of a Craftsman bottom tool box I think it was 32” tall. I’m very Happy with the height. Iam 6’ 2” tall it works good for me

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#4 posted 03-25-2017 03:34 AM

My HF 13” branch top sits on top of a Craftsman bottom tool box I think it was 32” tall. I’m very Happy with the height. Iam 6’ 2” tall it works good for me

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#5 posted 03-25-2017 07:02 PM

Thanks for the suggestions everyone!

If I may ask a further question; I’m planning to use 1/2” ply for this project. Do you think I should double the top to support the weight of the press? I’m guessing it weighs around 120#. If doubled, I’d probably cut out a hole in the top piece on either side of the press base and radius the edges to make holding spots for bits and other small parts then glue and screw the two pieces together. I’m also planning on making drawers and mounting them on full extension slides so my concern is that the top might sag under the weight of the press and affect the top drawer. I’m currently planning the top to be 20-3/4” deep x 22” wide for a cabinet depth and width of 20” x 18”. The entire project will be glued and pocket screwed together.

All advise is welcome!! Like I originally wrote, I’ve not done anything like this in a very long time and am getting started all over again.

Thanks a ton!!

KM

-- Kerry Moffit, Newport News, Virginia

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#6 posted 03-25-2017 07:12 PM

1/2” is not strong enough to support the drill press and the down pressure you will be putting on it. Instead of plywood, I would use 2X lumber to make the top out of.

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#7 posted 03-25-2017 07:17 PM

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/304002

I finished this a couple weeks ago. I too was concerned about what height to make it. But then I remembered the table moves up and down so I measured “somewhere” variable around my stomach to chest for the table :)
I used 3/4” plywood for everything and 2×4 laminated together for the 4 corner posts. A single 3/4” plywood across the top with 3 plywood bracing pieces underneath (4”x24”) which you can see 1 of the bracings near the front. This top will not buckle or bow. Actually ran out of drawer slides (I am making another cabinet like this for my sanding station so needed what slides I have left til I buy more) but can easily add 2 or 3 more drawers in that upper region above other drawers.
I really could of used 1/2” plywood but I had to use up a bunch of spare 3/4” laying around since the laminated 2×4’s are the foundation of the structure at 4 points.

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