Drill press table and much more! #1: Making the table, fence, and shelf pin jig (my tour de table) Blog

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Blog entry by mafe posted 08-20-2010 12:17 PM 74933 reads 12 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Making the table, fence, and shelf pin jig!
This story are based on a real bench drillpress, all you see are reality, and all at your own risk…

Ok some of you allready have seen my drillpress table, but since I like to shoot photo, and some more has come, I have finally finished my material for the blog (Some will say finally!!! This guy has writing fever, the truth are that I have been down with a throad infection, so I could not be in my shop). To my buddys, thank you for your patience on all my posts recently (you can put me in the spam filter if it’s too much)!

So here are all the bits and pieces I started out with.

First I routet two spurs in the plywood app. 30mm from edge to edge, in this way I had a spur to run my fence. With the festools rail, it was a dream, just set the two end stops, and the dept, and then ran two passes.

Here are the result.

I wanted a replaceable center, so I could change it when it was worn, and also so I could use tools that have to go a little under the surface. I choose a round, since it was quick and easy, and I would like to try something different from what I have seen.
So time to drill out the center, I drilled first the outer circle app. 4mm deep, and then the inner, all the way through.

Then it was time to clean up the little edge between the holes, so I had something to rest my changeable plate on. I used a routerplane. The hole you see in the front are made so I fittet it arround the colum of the drillpress.

Time to make some changeable plates. I used 4mm masonite, it’s hard and cheap.
I drilled out a handfull so I have them ready. I drilled them a little oversized.

So now I wanted a tight fit, and had to make a jig to sand them circular press here to see how... (loved to!).

Sanded in size and ready for use, here you see the concept.

I countersink two bolts into the wood, and fastened the table to the drillpress.
And mounted my fence, that bacicly could also have been just a piece of hardwood.

On the side of the table I mounted a little piece of plywood for side clamping long or big items.

And now ready for action. You can see the two little stop blocks I made from hardwood with a bolt, and a wingnut for quick use.

Accesory time…
First stop are a center drill block, all you need are to cut two 45 degree cuts in a block, and you are there.
What you do is you then lover the drill until the bottom of the v, and fasten the block, the lift the drill, and put in the round object – drill, and you will be dead center! (My block are long since it can be used as a fence also).

I then routet a rabbet in the block, and added a piece of aluminium shelf pin rail from the local hardware store. (Acually I brought this all the way from Paris to Copenhagen since I could not find it here, and also wanted to make a pin hole jig for my Festool).
You can see the knurled bolts under, this allows me to clamp it through the spurs under.

The way you use this pin hole jig, is that you make a little hole in the front of your shelf side.

- cut of nail that fits the track.

- put in the hole.

- then you adjust your fence to the right distance from the shelf side, and start drilling the first hole, when this is done, you simply move on pin down all the time.

Here we are!

Mark your jigs, so you know when you gets altzheimer.

Here we are with the bits and pieces for this part.

I used it now for a while, and I can say all works welll, and I can highly recomend to make one, since it makes it so much easier, and more delicate to use the drillpress for wood.

Next thing will be a bigger drillpress, since it’s a little short, but it will work for now, and I can adapt this table to the new when it happens.

You can see, my original drillpress table post here.

Hope it can be to some inspiration,

Best of thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

10 comments so far

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#1 posted 08-20-2010 03:34 PM

the shelfpin jig is ingenious!

looking at your replaceable inserts which is similar to mine, it brings a good point to view. from my experience the masonite – although cheap, and easy to make inserts with, is a bit too flexible to be used as a backer board, and what I noticed is that the insert would bend down a bit before the drill cuts into it, rendering it useless as a backer board as it does not prevent the tear out it is supposed to. perhaps you are not experiencing this – but I do, which brings me to my point – maybe my inserts are too big allowing them to flex down, or since they are rectangular, the physical forces pushing on them down are not backed up by the support a round insert would have… (just thinking out loud). So, I think I need to redo my DP table at some point. I do have several concepts that I wanted to incorporate as built ins that would eliminate some of my accessories for it.

Thanks for reminding me!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 08-20-2010 07:58 PM

Hi PurpLev,
I have been trying to push it really hard, but it seems to be solid, perhaps due to the limited size.
Usually I put always a piece of plywood under when I drill, so I have not really testet.
My concern are that that it will run arround when it gets stuck… But then I will give it a little nail.
And today you could see that a old computer rack can give you the T-tracks! Cool.
Best thoughts my friend,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#3 posted 08-20-2010 11:15 PM

busy boy
looks good mads

i am of to work the weekend
see you all later

have a great weekend !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 08-25-2010 01:45 PM

Using the shelf support track for a spacer guide is a real clever idea. Why didn’t I think of that? Good work Mads!!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 08-26-2010 01:29 AM

Yes it’s really clever and easy, not my own idea, saw it on the internet from a woodworking magazine.
But I’m vorking on a version for my Festool router rail, and then it will be really easy.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#6 posted 09-07-2010 10:41 AM

for a slightly better insert, drill the hole off center. this has a nice advantage that you can just rotate it to get zero clearance backer again!!! very useful when drilling two sizes of holes.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#7 posted 10-01-2010 06:50 PM

Nice work Mafe,

your drill press table is nice. I like the shelf pin part the most .

Is that a Chinese green tea can in the back (the red one)?

What resolution did you take those picture at (camera setting)? They are well focused and clean.

Thanks for posting.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#8 posted 10-01-2010 07:01 PM

Hi Ian,
I usually set the camera in P mode, then use my 580ex speedlite flash, a iso 400-800 and the wb on auto, or tungsten light, otherwise I do nothing but point the flash away from the object normally into the ceeling since it’s low in my workshop. My camera are a Canon eos 400d, but the secret to sharpness are the lens a 28-135 UMS with image stabilizer since I got that lens photographing has become a pleasure of a new dimension – the images becomes so wonderful sharp.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#9 posted 11-10-2012 09:09 PM

Love the placard ” Bureau du chef ” !

Great (old) job, as always. I think do the same soon.
Mafe,Lumberjocks would not be Lumberjocks without you !

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#10 posted 11-11-2012 11:28 AM

Hi Antoine, thank you, I smile here.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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