a dandy drill press table

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Blog entry by metolius posted 07-31-2017 01:00 AM 1596 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have long wanted to build a variation of the shopnotes no.94 drill press table, waiting until I have acquired that dream floor press that has never come.

No more! I decided that I will move on from dreams and accept my 10” Delta Shopmaster and make as much of it as it may have.

It was a lot of fun ! I am almost a little disappointed in that its done and there isn’t more to do.

I started with a maple Ikea kitchen cart that the drill has been sitting on for the past 3 years.

A home was being demoed down the street and I found some solid oak counter top within the debris. From this, I made the drill press table, fence, and hold downs.

Drawers and rails came from decent 3/4 broad-leaf maple stock with walnut cutoffs molded for pulls and accent.
I used William Ng’s techniques for box joint tuning – worked really well !

The handle is extended with black gas pipe.

I purchased a set of workbench lever-casters and used one to add 3rd wheel mobility to a support rail.

Little blocks screwed unto the drawer sides provide both close and open stops.

I’ll stop browsing craigslist for a floor press for a while !

-- derek / oregon

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#1 posted 07-31-2017 03:09 AM

Nicely done and scrounging at it’s best!!!
Got that done, now what else can you soup up? :-]

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#2 posted 07-31-2017 03:21 PM

The handle is extended with black gas pipe.

- metolius

meto’, that is one helluva handy modification. I think that practically everyone’s drill press that gets a customised table needs one of these.
Taking nothing away from the rest of the build but just this tip could have been a project on it’s own.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 08-01-2017 01:08 AM

Thanks ! Maybe I should have put this in the projects section.

For work notes:

The handle extension is 1/2” gas pipe that happened to have an ID that was perfect for the DP200 gear drive. I tapped it with an M8 thread to clamp it on. I am sure this size may vary with different models.

The handle itself is stock. To attach it to the pipe extension, there are certainly dozens of different ways to go. I chose to make an adapter with a piece of 1.5” diameter dowel and turned one end small (~0.5”) to fit the handle snuggly. I don’t have a lathe, so after a couple of unsatisfying attempts at carving it, I turned it on my router table with a one-time jig.

After drilling a 7/8 hole to accept the pipe, I sanded and degreased the pipe and glued it in with epoxy.

The wooden support bushing is a block of wood screwed to the underside of the table with a 7/8 hole to support the pipe. Setting up this wooden bushing so that the hole perfectly centers the pipe perpendicular rotation is probably important. I went through a couple trials before I had a part which felt pretty close to perfect.

my table layout is in sketchup:

-- derek / oregon

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#4 posted 08-01-2017 02:35 AM

Thanks for that Meto’. Personally its a great build and I think you should promote it to project status to get greater exposure. I’m sure a lot of LJ’s predominantly hit the projects and only browse the blogs when they post one themselves or have too much time to spare (like me).

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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