table base ideas for seated use of benchtop drill press

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Forum topic by jasmine posted 07-13-2012 08:47 AM 1418 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-13-2012 08:47 AM

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Just to clear up a possible confusion: Jasmine is my wife’s favorite flower and my favorite of our five cats. Retirement was interrupted by guillain-barre syndrome and left me with tremor (mild) and poor balance. I restrict myself to rescuing, reworking and building school type desks. I live in a small town in western Washington state and a lot of my stuff is done and donated thru a local bilingual grade school and habitat for humanity. When the desk is ready, it comes with a chair and a gooseneck student lamp.

Which brings me to the drill press. I cannot stand on concrete even with a shock pad. I have bought a benchtop drill press (craftsman as it happens) and would like to work seated. Any ideas/ For example u shaped with drop section at base of U? The drilling with be mostly forstner bits- i/2 and 3/4 with 3/4 stock for the most part. Stock is a mixture-60-40 softwood/hardwood with lots of douglas fir. size of blanks for drilling would be 12-18 inches in length. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 07-13-2012 06:57 PM

I’d build a low bench that puts the drilling height at a comfortable level when you’re sitting. Maybe make it a bit wider as well to accommodate another benchtop tool like a spindle sander or small router table.

One thing for sure, is to add a drill press table to your drill press. It will make working at the drill press more comfortable and accurate.

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#2 posted 07-13-2012 07:02 PM

I would set up a sort of test w/ your drill press and perhaps sawhorses and plywood to get the height right and work out some measurements for a knee hole. Be sure to do this w/ the chair you intend to use.

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#3 posted 07-16-2012 04:19 AM

Perhaps instead of having a dropped section on a dedicated work stand/table, you could have the column shortened so the drill’s table is only a couple inches above the drill base and then use the drill press on any convenient-height work table you already have.

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#4 posted 07-16-2012 04:55 AM

I’d recommend an adjustable drafting stool with an air
cartridge. Mount the drill press on a table anywhere between
24” and 30” tall – let the stool provide your fine adjustment.

You may need to be able to put one foot or both on
the floor (drafting stools have a foot rest) to operate
the drill press well, so mounting the DP lower rather
than higher might work better, depending on your
own height of course.

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