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Forum topic by Medickep posted 07-03-2014 04:33 PM 1455 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-03-2014 04:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press drill press table resource

While I was sitting on the beach if Maui yesterday I decided it was time to build a drill press table. I almost pulled the trigger on a woodpecker drill press table, but when I saw the shipping costs I decided I could build my own!

I’ve seen some really nice designs here, but one thing I’m not sure is how to make the replaceable piece where the drilling will take place accurately and effectively!

I thought maybe I could approach it like the router plate on my table, using a template and a pattern bit. But it makes since to asks the experts!

Aloha in advance!

-- Keith


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#1 posted 07-03-2014 05:21 PM

The best way is to make an offset circle. That is, the bit isn’t centered on the circle, but toward the edge, so that you can rotate the sacrificial piece to a new spot each time you change bits. Making the sacrificial piece is a little harder than a square, but they last a lot longer. Make the circle with a trim router, dremel, or hole cutter, then route a rabbet around for the lip.

Or cut a circle in the base board and then a slightly larger circle in a thinner piece you laminate to the base board for your top. If you do the latter, you can use the circle cutter/trim router/dremel to cut out the sacrificial pieces from the scrap and they’ll be the same thickness.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#2 posted 07-03-2014 06:43 PM

I made mine with a square insert rather than a circle; I’ve had issues when using forstner bits where the circle would rotate a bit when the bit goes all the way through the workpiece, so subsequent pieces would end up with a bit of tearout on one side of the bottom, where the insert rotated, leaving the workpiece unsupported under it.

I made my inserts out of 1/2” MDF. I made all the inserts first. They have a 3/8” radius on each of the corners using my corner radius jig. Once the inserts were complete, I put one in place on the dp table, and used carpet tape to stick 4 scraps of bb ply to use as a guide for my router to rout the recess. I used a 3/4” pattern bit with short flutes; this left the corners perfectly sized for the 3/8” radius corners on the inserts. I router the recess a bit deeper than the mdf so I could use screws for leveling.

My inserts are offset too; I get 4 fresh drilling areas per side and two sides, so 8 fresh areas per insert.
The hole under the inserts is for centering the dp table using a 3/8” drill bit.
Once everything was done, I clipped one of the corners on each insert so I could easily change them out.
It works great.

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#3 posted 07-03-2014 06:54 PM

I like that design. I’m looking into this more after the beach!

-- Keith

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#4 posted 07-03-2014 07:06 PM

Steve Ramsey made one that has a slide in insert.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWn1lRTuOlk

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#5 posted 07-03-2014 07:23 PM

Honestly, I just bought one from Harbor Freight. It’s quite good for the $35-20% off coupon you’ll pay. T-track, comes with 2 hold downs to secure it to your table, a fence, and a stop block. The insert is just a square piece that can be rotated/flipped several times.

http://www.harborfreight.com/drill-press-extension-table-with-fence-96395.html

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#6 posted 07-03-2014 09:19 PM

Besides looking backwards, that actually looks reasonable for the price! That’s the size of the craftsman DP I got from my grandfather and I think the hardware would cost 34.00!

-- Keith

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#7 posted 07-03-2014 10:02 PM

It’s funny, I just got a 20% off coupon from HF that starts tomorrow. I think I’ll pull the trigger unless anyone has something terrible to say about it. At that price it seems like a no brainer and I can build something where the prices aren’t do closely matched! The woodpecker one was 149.00 with 30 in shipping!

-- Keith

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#8 posted 07-03-2014 11:50 PM

This is the table that I built for my Jet Drill Press a couple of years ago. I made a bunch of blank inserts and one which has a hole the size of a sanding drum. I thought that I would use the inserts a lot more than I have but I generally use a piece of scrap plywood on top so that I do not drill into it.

I put some t-tracks in the top to hold the fence at any angle that is needed and another t-track on the fence to use as adjustable stops.

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#9 posted 07-04-2014 12:00 AM

Redoak-

That is very nice too, but for 27 dollars I can help but think the HF one is the way to go! I figure I’ll just add some nice T track clamps to it as I just had a piece spin on my dp table and snack me in the hand!

I love shop projects, but I just dialed in a RAS bench, mad a cart for the shop vac/DD so it’s time to build something for the house!

-- Keith

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#10 posted 07-04-2014 12:28 AM

Yes the HF table is much cheaper…....

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#11 posted 07-04-2014 12:30 AM

I made my own table from a Shop Notes plan. It works great for everything I do.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/88393

It will make you throw rocks at that HF table. :-)

Good luck.

Pics from yesterday. I was drilling 35mm recesses for Blum soft close door hinges.


-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#12 posted 07-04-2014 12:33 AM

Thats nice too! Why have the slots? For clamps? You could use the clamps that slide on the t track!

-- Keith

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#13 posted 07-04-2014 12:35 AM

Sounds like you’ve gotten some good options for your drill press table. I’m in a similar position, and I think I’ll ending up just building my own with customization.

BTW, I don’t think I would be on a beach in Maui thinking about how I’d pimp out my drill press. Have fun in Hawai’i!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#14 posted 07-04-2014 12:38 AM



Thats nice too! Why have the slots? For clamps? You could use the clamps that slide on the t track!

- Medickep

If you follow the link to my project, there is a link to a blog detailing who/what/when and where! :-) Including the slots description.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#15 posted 07-04-2014 12:41 AM

I really like making my own shop stuff but I bought the Harbor Freight drill press table when I realized I couldn’t build it for what it cost! No regrets after years of use. The only mod I have made was to run it across the router table to roundover all the table edges.

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

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