Drill Press #1: The Stand - 1st Blog and Lots to Learn

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Blog entry by Emanon posted 01-11-2019 05:45 PM 611 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Few months back I went out and purchased a bench drill press on CL. I was very lucky my son was with me when we picked it up because that was when I discovered it weighed over 130 pounds! Brought it home and promptly put it on the garage floor……basically in the way of everything. Discovered moving this beast around was not easy. Eureka! I knew my second wood working project would be a drill press stand with wheels.

After checking out a bunch of youtubes, I had visions of an oak stand, dovetailed or some fancy rabbet joint with a golden stain. Went to the local big box store and discovered that wood is EXPENSIVE! Kept walking and found the cheapest thing I believed would have a chance hold up the beast, ¾” plywood. Had them cut the sheet into thirds (I drive a baby SUV) and bought some casters I hoped would do the trick. I really did not have the warm-fuzzies with attempting rabbets with plywood, not to mention I did not have an idea how to do it on a small contractor table saw. Opted for pocket screws…..I know but please forgive me, I am a newbie and I really needed to get the beast off the floor.

My next discovery is trying to keep things square is hard. Also, some genius decided to make ¾ inch plywood not ¾ inch thick. I thought I was decent with math, but now I’m doing some “ciphering” that made my eyes cross. I mushed on and glued two pieces of plywood together to make the top 1 ½” inches thick, cut the sides and back to their dimensions and started in with the pocket screws.
(fast-forward past the measuring, gluing, mumbling, re-gluing, sanding, screwing, whatnot stuff which now I have so much more appreciation on what you guys do)

I would like to say everything came out square, but I can say square-ish. Put the casters on and bolted the beast on top. After admiring my work and listening to the internal praises to myself, I decided a drawer would be nice and fill in that massive space in the front. More youtubing, got some drawer slides and started in. I really should have taken better notes (ok, I did not take any notes) when I decided to make the drawer face flush with the front edge rather than just cut it to overlap the edge. After a while, I finally “out-stubborned” the drawer front to where I wanted it, stepped back and then it occurred to me that I needed a handle. So I glued some plywood scraps together and actually used the drill press to drill out some waste. My next discovery is that I’m not good with a chisel so I pulled out a dremel and finished removing the waste wood from the inside of the handle. After a try or two, I got the handle mounted where I wanted it.

Maybe someday I will stain it but honestly and I’m having too much fun figuring out “the Beast” itself….…….or in other words “daddy’s got a new toy!”

Final note: I learned a lot, but my main takeaway is that my journey to become even an amateur craftsman is going to be long.
“And miles to go before I sleep.
And miles to go before I sleep”

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#1 posted 01-11-2019 08:27 PM

Welcome to our world Emanon! I dare so most all of us got our start in this hobby under similar circumstances ;-) Fact is it ain’t easy, it ain’t cheap and you never have enough tools. Keep at it though and it will get easier, you’ll find ways to make it cheaper and you’ll have almost enough tools :-) The main kicker though is that it IS fun!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 01-12-2019 01:03 AM

Emanon, The main thing is YOU DID IT! Welcome and I enjoyed the journey. I was delighted to hear about your experience and “aha” moments. The result looks sturdy and when it comes to tools, that is far more important than decorative. Keep up the good work!

-- Oldcharlie

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#3 posted 01-12-2019 12:24 PM

I can tell from your attitude that you are going to become a great woodworker Emanon, welcome to LJ. I think you were smart to put wheels on the base. You will probably be moving things around a lot as you acquire additional machines and the wheels makes that a breeze. Tool bases and other shop storage cabinets and stuff don’t have to be made like high grade furniture with complicated joinery. I have made a lot of cabinets and stands for my shop from cheap materials, simple construction methods and then painted them all the same colour to give a cohesive appearance for a nice working environment. That said, if you want to try doing dovetails or other joinery methods, it’s sometimes better to do it on shop projects first where perfection isn’t required.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-15-2019 03:08 PM

Thank you very much for your kind words and encouragement.

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#5 posted 01-15-2019 03:35 PM

great story …. I personally love the plywood base you have constructed …. will look very good with a coat of paint on it …. Welcome 2 LJ’s …. GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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