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12-14-2013 12:41 AM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press jig tip question

I have a very large delta Rockwell drill press with a bald or motor and 22” by 22” cast table. I want to build a wooden one with a kreg fence and t tracks. I want to know if anyone has any experience with how big of a table and how long of a fence is ideal for woodworking? Any advice would be great.

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#1 posted 12-14-2013 01:12 AM

I think you’d be well served to emulate the demensions of a pre-fab table from woodpeckers or some other manufacturer. I bought my DP used and it came with a pre -fab table. Off the top of my head its roughly 16×26.
The fence should probably be roughly the same length as the table, BUT be careful to not make the fence too tall- otherwise the drill press spindle handle might not clear the fence.

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#2 posted 12-14-2013 02:58 AM

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#3 posted 12-14-2013 03:13 AM

I think it kind of depends on what fits your needs the best and how much space you have. There are tons of DP tables on LJ’s. Check out SumpyNubs Drill Impress table, and just a day or two ago he made a smaller simplified version, both are pretty great.

Here’s a nice quick one that Jay T made a few weeks ago

Also CPLUSWoodworker made a similar one

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#4 posted 12-14-2013 10:26 PM

Thanks for the input guys. I think I’m going to go on the larger side. Like I said the press is quite large. It’s well over 6 feet tall and prob 3 feet deep. I’m not in the shop right now. I’m actually out plowing (yay ny weather). But I’ll try to post a pic of it tomorrow

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#5 posted 12-17-2013 07:01 PM

So Ive decided on a 3’ wide by 2’ deep drill press table. I just purchased the 36” Incra Fence with shopstop from amazon along with 2 – 24” tracks and 2 incra holddowns. I have had good experiences with incra before i have their miter5000 and love it.

So here is my next question. Does anyone have any experience with this particular setup and advice on the actual construction of the table. Example: Anything that you would change with your drill press table if you could do it all over again. Like Dad always said. Y make your own mistakes when you can learn from others lol. j\k Love you guys.

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#6 posted 12-18-2013 12:21 AM

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#7 posted 12-18-2013 01:13 AM

Sheesh. You said you had a big drill press, but I didn’t realize you had an industrial monstrocity. Very nice. That thing could drill though tank armor.
But I’d be careful about adding too much weight to that table. Unless I’m mistaken, it does not have a rack/pinion elevator and is probably already hard to move up and down. Adding a 6 sqft auxillary table might not be advisable unless you have super-human strength. I had an old, 1950s Craftsman DP with a manual ~12×12 table. It was a total pain in the balls to move- even without an auxillary table. Heck, that was the whole reason I upgraded to a newer DP.

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#8 posted 12-18-2013 01:26 AM

Yea Ted it’s a beast. it actually does have the rack and pinion on the left side but unfortunately the pinion assembly is missing. Guess how much a replacement is….... Wait for it….... $1200. That’s right. So guess what. I’m not gonna repair it. I’m going to build a table lift off the base with a small scissor jack. But yes it’s big. Table is 22”x22” and about 2.5” thick. No moving it without help lol

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#9 posted 12-18-2013 04:27 PM

I made a simple one for my floor mounted drill press. the materials are mainly plywood. The top drawer is short to allow dust to drop in the collection box.

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#10 posted 12-18-2013 04:57 PM

Wingate, very nice table and I love the storage cabinet you built around the base. Had never thought about that but it’s a great idea.

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#11 posted 12-18-2013 05:33 PM

+1 Makz06 that base Cabinet is ingenious. I will def be emulating your design Wingate. Beautiful job

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#12 posted 12-18-2013 05:38 PM

Hey look at that i flipped the picture. Amazing what we can do with a little advice from LJs

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#13 posted 12-18-2013 06:04 PM

Nice DP. Looks like you could raise the head more for a better operating height.

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#14 posted 12-18-2013 06:41 PM

I hope so Ron. Haven’t quite figured that out yet. Does anyone have any experience with doing it. I’d love to raise the spindle

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#15 posted 12-23-2013 10:54 PM

Ok wingate. I’m mimicking your setup. I gotta tell you I’m really in love with it. I just got all my incra stuff in the mail. Here is the base I built tonight. I actually got that drill up there solo. That’s a lot of cast iron!! Because I couldn’t raise the spindle I raised the machine about 4 inches. It doesn’t sound like much but it’s a big difference. That will be the base of my cabinet and then I will be adding a few drawers and I still have to design my table. I want to mimick your design and add dust collection. ( I don’t know if yours has it ) I’ll keep posting on here and when it’s done I’ll make a project out if it.

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