Drill Press Station - Small Shop Challenge #1: Sketching Up

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Blog entry by Mike_D_S posted 10-26-2016 02:50 AM 1729 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been using the assembly/outfeed table from my other blog series for a while now and have been loving the versatility of the table.

I’m kicking off phase 2 of the garage/shop organization project by cleaning up the back corner. Right now I have a wooden shelving unit in the corner holding a variety of smaller items and my mortiser. Packed in next to the shelving unit is a rolling tool chest that my drill press sits on. The tool chest blocks part of the shelving unit and generally it just collects items as it’s difficult to reach some of the shelves due to the chest and drill press.

I finally decided to do something about this situation by building a corner work station to hold my drill press with two 4 drawer cabinet bases and space to roll my tool chest underneath.

So after taking some basic measurements on the tool chest and thinking about the layout, I went to sketchup and did the layout. After some minor tweaking I settled on a layout I like. Rough dimensions are 34 inches to the table top, about 53” across both back sides. I gave one cabinet some different drawer sizes and the right cabinet even drawers.

So here is the layout, I’ll do the cut list tomorrow or Thursday and go pick up the materials Friday to start this weekend.

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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#1 posted 10-26-2016 03:47 AM

I guess it depends on what you do.

<myself> pvc piping wherin to hold miscellaneous dowels/ strips of metal etc, otherwise the space is dead and wasted.

Yer drawing looks good and so totally mimics my beer fridge installation at home.; which I should add is totally functional


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#2 posted 10-26-2016 12:20 PM

I was planning on using the dead space behind the tool chest to store my jackstands and a few other items which I don’t use but once or twice a year.

But I’ve actually got about the same wasted space in my current setup as in this layout, it’s just even harder to get to now. At least in the new setup I’ll just roll the chest out and will be able to get to whatever is back there.


-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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#3 posted 10-28-2016 01:25 AM

The problem with this setup is that you have limited space to the left and right of the drill press table. Such space would come in handy when you want to drill out the mortises on a long(-ish) leg for example. if you were to put the drill press on wheels (still keeping with the overall concept of the corner station) you could roll out the tool when needed into a location where you have more room to either side of the drill press table.
Other than that I like the concept.

Cheers, Lars

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#4 posted 10-28-2016 02:56 AM


That’s a good point. In my case, I have a dedicated mortiser that I use on a rolling cart. If I really need to drill on a long piece, I’ll just move the drill press to my outfeed table.

In the last few years, I haven’t needed to move the drill press, so I feel fairly safe.

I did think about trying to put it on wheels, but even if it was mobile, I don’t really have enough space to wheel a big cabinet around anyway.


-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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