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12-29-2011 03:00 AM

Drill Press Fence/Table Which One is The Best

What kinds of drill press fences / table systems are you using and or what one is the best commercially made one on the market? As in what are your favorites? Basically I am looking for one with dust collection, adjustable flip stops, good hold downs for larger and small stock, and removable inserts for the drill holes…. I don’t want much do I?

Also I am not opposed to a good design and making my own…

Thanks guys


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#1 posted 12-29-2011 03:11 AM

I just finished making a very simple one out of scrap wood for my very old wolf drill and dress… it works great… here > As for commercial ones I personally woodn’t (excuse the pun) buy one and simply make one to meet your requirements.

The one I made is so simple and only requires a clamp to lock. And a 2nd if you want to use a stop block or something, but I may make something for that as well when I get time.

As for dus collection well, if I am doing a lot of drilling I just mount the vac hose some close to get most of the dust. It’s not perfect but neither is my vac… I need a new one… hint hint… dearest just in case youare reading…

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ... http://www.wackywoodworks.co.nz

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#2 posted 12-29-2011 03:36 AM

Best bet is to build your own. What works best for me might not work at all for you : )
Sounds like you know what you want or need in a DP table / fence , so why not just build it !!

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

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#3 posted 12-29-2011 03:44 AM

I got a relatively inexpensive one from Grizzly, not the best but good enough. One thing I don’t like about it is that it has a tall fence – which might seem like a good thing until one finds that the handles hit it when you pull down to drill. Some vendors have half height fences on one side to compensate for this problem. If I want to use my fence I have to set the table quite a bit lower than I would like, and I figure the more you extend the quill the more play I’ll get at the bottom. Not a big deal, but all things considered it probably is best just to build one.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 12-29-2011 05:20 AM

I really like my HF believe it or not! No dust collection though but that doesn’t bother me as I just shop vac the table clean. It was cheaper than I could have made it myself.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 12-29-2011 06:15 AM

Actually I just finished upgrading my with a sliding stop block…

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ... http://www.wackywoodworks.co.nz

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#6 posted 12-29-2011 07:42 PM

Here is one I made earlier.

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#7 posted 12-29-2011 11:48 PM

Nice job , wingate52 : )

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#8 posted 12-30-2011 12:53 AM

wingate_52, I like the extra piece of t-track you have to hold a featherboard. That really makes sense for drilling mortises. I’m sure it also comes in handy when using a hold down on a small piece that might not be easily reached from the other 2-channels.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#9 posted 12-30-2011 01:01 AM

I just use a piece of scrap 3/4” prefinished ply from one of my cabinet jobs. I drilled recessed holes and attached it to the table with carriage bolts, fender washers, and wing nuts. If I need a fence, I clamp down a piece of straight stock. Still going strong after five years. – lol

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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