Drill Press Stand / Cabinet

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Project by J Azuma posted 06-11-2014 10:38 PM 2887 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I would get a “benchtop” drill press and then just store it under the bench until I needed it. Then I got this little guy and could not believe how heavy it is. Seriously, I’m an EMT, I carry big sick people down flights of stairs for a living. This 12” Jet is freakin heavy…so heavy it was an accident waiting to happen so hence the stand / cabinet.

Simple box with pine banding around a plywood top. Hard part was getting all the ball bearing drawer slides (from Amazon) in correctly. Is there a tutorial on how you are supposed to space and attach multiple drawer slides? I’m pretty sure I didn’t do it the right way and just got lucky that it looks half way decent and is functional.

Casters are from Home Depot. Awesome 3” casters from Everbilt for $8/each.

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#1 posted 06-12-2014 08:43 AM

Well done, I just made one similar as well. Great use of space.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 06-13-2014 04:21 PM

Nice, I thought it was actually metal at first blush due to the color. Going to try to store mine under my main work space, but will probably build one of these when I get tired of lugging it :).

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#3 posted 06-22-2014 01:15 AM

Yeah, nobody should be lugging anything of this size without the help of another person. Its listed at only 84lbs but the way that the weight is distributed makes it impossible to do with the appropriate muscle groups. I helped a friend the other day put a new 25hp outboard on a boat. Its curb weight was listed at 157lbs. I swear it was easier to lift than my drill press. Please please do yourself a favor and bump that cabinet stand up on your priority list if you have the same model as me. I wish that I had either gone for a full height floor model or gone with the lighter weight Skill or Craftsman options. In the end the Jet is a very nice tool for a good price but it just makes me cringe to think of fellow woodworkers trying to routinely lift this beast.

-- J Azuma

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