Floor Drill Press Cabinet #3: Cut Cabinet Top and Fasten to Drawer Cabinet and Cubbies, Route Recess Areas, and Apply Finish Coat

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 10-19-2017 04:21 AM 2159 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I cut the top of this drill press cabinet from 1 inch thick Baltic Birch plywood that I had leftover from a previous project. I made the cutout for the drill press that same way I did for the cabinet base. After I had sanded the top I fastened it to the cabinet and cubbies with 1 1/4 inch wood screws from inside the cubbies and the cabinet. I had cut this top 1/2 wider than the cabinet and one inch longer or deeper that the base. So to make sure I positioned the top correctly I used a 1/4 scrap of MDF clamped to one side of the cabinet and a 3/4 inch thick MDF board to the front of the cabinet with the drawer fronts in place. By flushing up the top to these two edges gave me the overhang that I wanted for this top. Of course, it was calculated all ahead of time so the cutout for the drill press pipe would be positioned correctly, centered

The original Woodsmith plan had two areas that the routed recess areas above the cubbies. I was going to the the same, but I realized that the frame I was going to make had to support my router over a larger area. To support the router base i added an additional support to the frame I was going to route with a large bushing using a bowl routing bit. The image below shows the frames I made to support this recess routing function. The frames I made was from scrap pieces of plywood. I used my Kreg pocket hole jig to fasten the frame together. Afterwards I think I could have completed this task easier with double-side tape.

The completed drill press cabinet with its tools positioned in the drawers are shown below. I added drawer shelf liners so the tools will hold their places.

Top drawer open.

-- --- Happy Howie

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