Simple Drill Press Table

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Project by TheWoodenOyster posted 05-25-2014 01:45 PM 6848 views 36 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everyone,

So I have made a habit of trying to build a jig or fixture to accompany every project/commission that I do. I figure this way, I can slowly build up my arsenal with jigs that I need and will make use of. The current commission in my shop is going to require some very precise hole drilling, so I figured this might be the perfect time to build that drill press table that I have wished I had so many times before, so off I went.

Some drill press tables out there get pretty wacky, but I was trying to keep this relatively simple and base it off of stumpynubs’ simpler version of a drill press table. It is basically a box made of 1/2” birch ply (first time to work with it and I enjoyed it a lot) and walnut joists, for lack of a better term. The top is double layer ply, so it totals 1” thick. It came out perfectly square to the chuck, so no shimming or adjusting necessary. There is a space between the top layer and bottom layer about 2 1/2” where I will keep my drill bits. The bottom layer is just 1/2 ply with a notch in the back to allow for the crank to move the table up and down (see picture 3). There are two 3/4” t-tracks to hold both clamps and a fence. The fence is just a jointed piece of cherry about 1 1/2” thick by 2 1/2” tall. It all works smoothly and was simple and not stressful to make (unlike crosscut sleds). Took about 6 hours in all. I will be using this thing for a long time.

Hope you enjoy!!!

Go make some sawdust!!!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#1 posted 05-25-2014 02:35 PM

It will be a nice addition to your shop. Well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 05-25-2014 05:22 PM

Simple is usually the best. Very nice. I built one for my D/P. They’re great. Enjoy.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 05-25-2014 09:35 PM

I like simple. That top is good for 90%. You can always build a few jigs to set on that table for the other 10%. I kind of view it like this. The more things something does, the less good it does each thing.

Nice build!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#4 posted 05-26-2014 12:38 AM

Thanks for the nice comments guys

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#5 posted 05-26-2014 02:04 AM

KISS works every time!!!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#6 posted 05-26-2014 05:42 AM

Brilliant in its simplicity. Great build and project. It’s perfect.

I added it as a favorite.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#7 posted 05-26-2014 12:27 PM

Nice top. Like the handy storage. I think I’ll copy your idea.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#8 posted 05-26-2014 01:41 PM

but won’t through holes make a Swiss cheese of the new top?
Just askin’ cuz I’ve replace the insert I built into mine a number of times over the years.

-- "Experience is what you get the day after you needed it" Mark Twain

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#9 posted 05-26-2014 10:26 PM

Eldercop, I am planning one making a cut out for replaceable inserts at some point, but I’ll probably wait until I need it.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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