Shop #2: Drill Press Table and other shop upgrades

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Blog entry by Big Ben posted 01-13-2011 03:54 PM 2943 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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While I have not completed the drill press table, I figured I would post some of the upgrades to the shop that I have been working on.

As far as the drill press table is nothing fancy but very functional. I still need to add some T-Track to the fence other that it has work fine. I used it to mortise the legs of my bench and the only issue I had was that I had to remove the table to change the height of the table but I think that is a function of the drill press (I have a 10” Ryobi).

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Another project that I have completed was a sawboard, this is something that I should have done a long time ago. It has made my work much faster than setting up temporary jigs. I made it 48” in case I needed to break down plywood.

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I also completed tenon/dado sled, its based on the design I saw at The Apprentice and the Journeyman ( Creating the jig meant I needed dado insert plates which I made from MDF, I think where fine but I think I will make a larger batch of them next time and try making them from Baltic Birch ply instead.

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I really like the sled, was easy to use but I did have some trouble with the UHMW runners when drilled them. The UHMW expanded where I screwed in. They were counter sunk but still required some sanding and filing down.

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Next shop project is a workbench.

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 04:47 PM

Looks good and functional to me!

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#2 posted 01-13-2011 04:49 PM

Jigs are always handy to have. Takes a little time to make them, but saves a LOT of time after you have them.
Good to see these.

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#3 posted 01-13-2011 08:30 PM

Looks like you done good Ben. Good stuff bud….

And good luck on the bench. I been brainstorming for the last week how I want to build my “Bad To The Bone” work bench and still not sure where to go. Just got my book in on workbenches and I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I have flipped through it and found some sweet eye candy and ideas in it. Here is the link in case your looking for a book as well….

The Workbench: A Complete Guide to Creating Your Perfect Bench

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#4 posted 01-13-2011 11:46 PM

Looks good. You are ready for the bench.

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#5 posted 01-14-2011 03:54 AM

All great projects. You’ll be amazed at the increased efficiency those three upgrades will add.

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