Evolution of a Shop #35: Quick drill press table fence upgrade

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Blog entry by Cory posted 01-23-2013 03:39 PM 5956 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 34: A flip, a turn, a stack, and a twist Part 35 of Evolution of a Shop series Part 36: A few shop upgrades »

I have a Woodpeckers drill press table and fence. Overall it’s a great set up. My only complaint is the way the fence attached to the t-track in the table. It uses small brass knurled knobs. They look pretty, but are hard to get tight enough to hold the fence firmly in place. I had been meaning to replace them for quite a while. After my fence slipped while drilling some mortises I got motivated to find a better solution.

I dug through my jig parts and found these cam clamps. They’re easy to adjust and create a rock solid adjustable fence. I can’t believe I waited this long to replace them. I also added some of the Rockler hold downs to replace a smaller set from Woodpeckers. Now I’m able to secure my fence and my workpiece.

I also bought a new Rockler router table top and FX lift for a new router table (they’re leaning against my old one). I will get to that in a few weeks after a built-in mud room project.

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 01-23-2013 03:43 PM

thats a great idea with the cam locks. quick and easy, just how it really should be in this case.

2nd router table? are you setting them up for dedicated jobs?

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#2 posted 01-23-2013 04:13 PM

Thanks, Sharon.

I’m really not sure what to do with my old table just yet, but I won’t keep it in it’s current configuration (don’t have room for 2 large router tables). I will probably sell it, though I may chop it up and put it in my table saw wing. I wanted to get a router lift and the old table’s insert opening is too small, so I just bought the whole package.

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#3 posted 01-23-2013 04:59 PM

Cory, that is a great fix, I think it is how it should have been in the first place
You should send a picture to the manufacturer I’m sure that they would
be impressed.
The spare router table? I would keep the top or as your thinking relocate
it, When you are running doors or similar having a 2nd table set with the
matched bit is great.

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