Attaching Table to Porter Cable Drill Press

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Forum topic by hightide posted 03-12-2011 04:02 AM 15125 views 6 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-12-2011 04:02 AM

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Hey guys.
I just got a Porter Cable drill press (15” Floor) from Lowes. I know that I will need a table with a fence and I have all that I need to make one. What I noticed though is that the stock table that comes on the press does not have holes through it to attach an aux table. It does have t-channels though. I have attached a coupld of pics. Most how-to’s that I have seen on drill press tables show the base as having holes all the way through so you can attach bolts to the bottom of the table. Any thoughts on how to attach a table to this model? Thanks!


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#1 posted 03-12-2011 04:26 AM


Since your table does not have holes to mount a table on, you’ll have to drill some. Drill 4 holes in the slots….one in each slot…Probably 1/4”—3/8” should be big enough. Loosen the handle underneath the table, and rotate the table to get the holes across from one another. Then you can make an auxilary table, drill holes in the bottom, and mount the table to the drill table through the holes with bolts, wahers, and nuts..good to go.

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#2 posted 03-12-2011 04:28 AM

I think I would counter sink bolts into the auxiliary table then use nuts and fender washers in the slots. Because the slots are positioned as they are, you would probably have to place the bolts near the open ends in order to utilize all four of the slots.

Just my thought.

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#3 posted 03-12-2011 04:49 AM

You’re right….. I didn’t see the slots were open on the ends so you could slide a washer and nut in them, drill up through the bottom of the auxulary table and mount the bolts that way. Sorry, Hank…I just didn’t look close enough at the drill table…

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#4 posted 03-12-2011 05:23 AM

Thanks for the advice guys!

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#5 posted 03-12-2011 06:22 AM

Duct Tape? Lol.

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#6 posted 03-12-2011 03:23 PM

How about doing something like this, securing a drill press table.

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#7 posted 03-13-2011 03:36 AM

Thanks syenefarmer. After a little more research I found that the Rockler drill press table attaches like the link you posted. That does seem to be the best way. I will post pics once I get to it to show you guys how I go about it…Thanks!

-- .: HH :. Daniel Island SC -

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#8 posted 11-09-2012 08:05 PM

Working on my drill table for my new Porter Cable drill as well. Looks like the same table.
I’m thinking of mounting a dowel in the middle that aligns with the center hole.
Maybe some additional guides on the bottom of the extended table.
If that doesn’t work, I’ll drill and tap some new holes.

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#9 posted 11-09-2012 08:27 PM

IMHO, I would just drill through the cast iron.

If you don’t want to do that, I’d either get some bigger washers and grind flats on opposing sides, or get square nuts (mcmaster has them IIRC), and use screws from the top.

Here’s how I did mine:

I have the ridgid press, which has holes all the way through, but if they didn’t, I’d just do what I mentioned above.

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#10 posted 01-01-2015 09:26 PM

I just bought this drill press. Table is machining style, not woodworking. For this you would use T-Nuts in a machine shop. I plan to just make some wooden ones out of some scrap maple. Then just attach my fixture(s) using wood screws. Not a lot of holding power required here, so should work fine.

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#11 posted 01-01-2015 09:58 PM

My drill press table. I partially took it apart to show the details.

The top is made up of two components.



Pictured below : This is attached to the stock machinist table. I used short hex nuts and washers (1” long I think….been a long time ago)

Picture below: This is the underside of the top. It fits over the component pictured above and held in place with 4 screws


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#12 posted 01-01-2015 11:35 PM

I have the same table on my crafstman drill press. and just made a table for it a few weeks ago.

I copied Steve Ramsey’s from WWMM. I used one bolt through the middle hole to hold my table to the stock table. Its really on there and doesn’t move, YMMV. here is a link to the table i copied.

I just countersunk a hole that would fit 1/2 bolt and washer in 3/4” Plywood. Then i used a nut and a few washers on the bottom.

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