Drill press tables - how often do you remove yours?

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02-21-2013 07:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press drill press table jig

Building one and trying to decide if I should put extra effort into making it easily removable with clamps or just semi-permanently attaching it with screws or lags.

I’m pretty sure I know what I want (fence, replaceable inserts, no t-track) but any feedback on what features you use the most or least (or wish you had) is helpful.


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#1 posted 02-21-2013 07:06 PM

What you want is a table that is easy to attach different jigs to, this way you don’t have to remove the table, but you can use it for multiple functions.

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#2 posted 02-21-2013 07:09 PM

I never take mine off, unless doing a lot of metal drilling. Other than that, it stays right where it is.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#3 posted 02-21-2013 07:10 PM

never took mine off.

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#4 posted 02-21-2013 07:12 PM

I’ve never removed mine…

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#5 posted 02-21-2013 07:13 PM

I occasionally take the fence off, but I never take the entire table off.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 02-21-2013 07:19 PM

Well that sounds pretty unanimous. I don’t really want to mess with t-track but I will probably want to make some different clamps for it.


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#7 posted 02-21-2013 07:21 PM

I can’t recall ever having taken mine off, it’s been years and years.

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#8 posted 02-21-2013 07:24 PM

Only time i take mine off is when i do metal drilling. Since i made mine from some scrap mdf i don’t want the metal shavings getting embedded in the table scratching my wood projects. One other time was when i needed a little extra depth to fit my piece under the bit. I only have a little bench top DP though so might not be an issue for you.
I used 2 bolts and nuts to secure mine so it’s no big deal to remove or replace.

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#9 posted 02-21-2013 07:35 PM

I just built one about a month ago. I havent had reason to take it off yet, but I built mine with toggle clamps underneath that hold the new table to the old table. It works great, and if I do need to take it off,it’s instant. I used the toggle clamps from HF, and they are working great. Very pleased with them.

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#10 posted 02-21-2013 07:47 PM

Same here, Rick, I put it on and never have removed it. No reason to.

-- Mike

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#11 posted 02-21-2013 08:05 PM

Never have removed mine either. Once in a while it falls off but never purposely. I shoul get around to making it more permanent.

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#12 posted 02-21-2013 08:26 PM

Never have removed mine either.

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#13 posted 02-21-2013 11:09 PM

I’m with Chris208 – built mine with t-track and toggles as well, and although I haven’t taken it off since building it, it’s no problem to do so.

-- Tom Peterson, Omaha, NE

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#14 posted 02-21-2013 11:20 PM

Mine has 4 bolts holding the table in place. I needed to remove the table a few months back to drill a table leg. Easy enough to remove an put back.

-- Nicky

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#15 posted 02-21-2013 11:29 PM

I’ve never had mine off. I made mine with a drawer which is my favorite feature. I’d like to improve the fence with some type of dust collection, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.

-- John, BC, Canada

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