Drill Press Table Version 2014

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Blog entry by RCHarvey posted 01-16-2014 09:04 PM 1866 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yea, I know. DP Tables are like cutting boards around here. Been There, Done That.

So, I don’t see any Drill Press Tables that are perfect for me. So I’ll build one. Using all of the ideas I’ve seen on this site.

My first draft

The fence design will come later.
I like the following ideas:
3 slots. (2 for the fence and hold downs, and one down the middle for a miter gauge or equivalent item or just more holddown for small parts.)
1 cross slot. (Seems like a good idea)
Use the t-track that has the ruler for the two fence slots.
Smooooooth surface. I’m thinking that I’ll laminate a whiteboard material on the face of two 3/4” 18×24 MDF or PLY. Whiteboard or Hardboard.
I like the idea of the ROUND disposable insert. That seem more functional than square, and easier to make blanks or spares.
Trim out the edges, so it’s pretty. Maybe redwood for that. It’s soft, I know – but I like the look.
I think I’ll drill and install the bolts in the bottom sheet before gluing the top sheet. ....

I’ll post a few pics of midstream.
Skill Level: Beginner

-- - many trees died so that I may create the perfect breadboard. Someday. Probably not soon.

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#1 posted 01-16-2014 11:10 PM

I would advise against a slippery surface. I did this and quickly realized it was a mistake. It was hard to hold parts right where I wanted them because they would slide around. It also makes it impossible to firmly clamp parts to the table. No matter how much pressure you apply, the part will want to slip.

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#2 posted 01-17-2014 12:43 AM

OH, good info. Thanks. I’ll modify the design. Thank you very much!

-- - many trees died so that I may create the perfect breadboard. Someday. Probably not soon.

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Big Ben

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#3 posted 01-17-2014 06:20 PM

Can you provide some detail on how you plan to do the extended stop?

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#4 posted 01-17-2014 07:12 PM

While I like metal T-Tracks, they are expensive and I have to get them via mail order. So lately I have been doing something different. I cut a groove in the base board about 3/4” wide and about 3/6” deep. I then laminate some 1/4” tempered hardboard (smooth on both sides) to the base board. Once the glue is dry, I cut a 1/4” slot in the hardboard and use a 1/4” carriage bolt. The hardboard makes a very good surface, and is strong enough to function as the top of the track.

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#5 posted 01-17-2014 07:54 PM

What is the middle track for? I haven’t had any reason for one. I can easily reach anything I am drilling from the two other tracks.

I think my inserts are 4×5. I make them using the miter saw. Quick and easy.
No trouble with the Formica on the surface. Or if it has been a problem, I am just not aware of it.
My table is here.

Good luck. Post some pics.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#6 posted 01-17-2014 09:41 PM

MT: I like the design of your table. The openings give flexibility for clamping that I hadn’t considered, and I like the dust collection. I may revise a bit, based on that.

Ben: the extended stop is an idea I saw elsewhere here at LJ. I think I’m going to use a piece of aluminum for the ‘arm’ and build a stop block similar to the others on the saw. (Little squares with a center hole) Haven’t thought that thru all the way yet. It may make more sense to make it fit inside the t-track. Suggestions welcome.

dschlic: Thanks for the idea on the hardboard/track. I have a woodcrafters store 2 miles from here, so I’m spoiled a bit.

I’ll post pics when I start making sawdust, this weekend probably. Thanks, guys, for looking at the design and providing feedback.

-- - many trees died so that I may create the perfect breadboard. Someday. Probably not soon.

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