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Dec. 17, 2014 – 1:52 PM EST

A drill press mobile base is a necessity for a small shop like mine. I had one that I threw together but wasnʻt happy with so I decided to make a better one. This is what I came up with.

<< Update – Mar 1, 2019 >>

Although the moveable cabinet concept worked pretty good, after several years of use the cabinet portion of this project was removed and recycled. The drill press mobile base portion of this project is still in use.


First I started with 3/4 inch plywood base about the size recommended in the owners manual for stability. I then screwed 2 X 4ʻs around the perimeter. I located where the holes in the drill press base were and installed T-Nuts on the bottom of the plywood. The drill press base was then bolted to the plywood base.

Next the caster mounting plates and the caster assemblies were made. The casters use are total lock and swivel that are great to lock the drill press in place. Unlocked the drill press is easily moved. If you want more information on the caster mounts you can reference my previous post on Mobile Bases.

A piece of scrap 3/4 inch plywood and 3 of used gift cards (approximately 3/32 of an inch) were placed at each corner. (BTW, I use gift cards extensively in my shop for shims.)

The caster mounting plates were then screwed to the base even with the bottom. Then the caster assembly with a predrilled bolt hole was clamped to the mounting plates. The predrilled hole in the caster assembly was used as a guide to drill a matching hole in the caster mounting plate and the caster assembly was bolted in place. The 3/4 inch spacer and shims were then removed. The drill press now sits only 1-1/2 inch higher than if it sat directly on the floor.

The front casters were located on the side of the base to eliminate a tripping hazard.

I discovered that the top of the 2 X 4ʻs were even with the top of the drill press base so I added 1/4 inch piece of plywood over the tops of the 2 X 4ʻs with screws. This would eliminate dust and wood chips from collecting in this area. The front half of this 1/4 inch plywood cover can be removed if I needed access to the drill press base for some operation.

You can stop here and you have your drill press mobile base.

With the placement of the casters, this mobile base exceeds the recommended dimensions for a stabilizing drill press base. It rolls nicely and feels really sturdy. The locking swivel casters work well.

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Now that the mobile base was completed, I saw a place to store my 2-way drill press vise. I made a place to store it.


<< This portion was removed and recycled >>

There are a lot of stuff that a drill press needs and a place to store them so they are readily available is key. Also a drill press table has to be able to move up and down. I also have to be able to store and remove my 2-way drill press vise stored on the mobile base. Keep reading to see how it was done.


I started by building some supports to hold the cabinet. They had to be high enough to clear the top of the 2-way vise but not too high as to limit the lowest position the drill press table can be moved.

I then added some plastic strips to allow the next parts to be easily moved. Keep reading and youʻll see why.


I next built some platforms upon which the cabinets would be mounted. These platforms consisted of two parts. Fixed/pivoting bottom and sliding top. Here is the fixed/pivoting bottom.

These platforms need to be able to swing out to give me access to the 2-way vise. Thatʻs why you see that arced slot in the forward section of the fixed/pivoting platform. The back corner pivots on a carriage bolt. You will also note half of a full extension drawer guide mounted to the insides of the fixed/pivoting platform.

The lag screw that secures the front of the platforms has a plastic sleeve to minimize wear on the wood slot.

This is how it fits in the arced slot.

I then made the top sliding platform to which the cabinets would be attached. The other half of the full extension drawer guide is attached to this part.

Here is what it does when the tops are extended out. I think you can see where this is going.


A cabinet with drawers to store stuff was the next thing to build. This is what the carcass looked like. Those little blue squares you see in the top opening are gift card shims to give the top drawer a better fit.

This is what it looks like with the drawer installed.


I wanted drawer pulls that didnʻt protrude to far beyond the drawer fronts so I made what I call recessed race track drawer pulls. I first laid out the pulls and drilled 7/8 inch holes at each end, cut out between the holes leaving about 1/16 in of wood and used my router table, table saw fence and spiral cut router bit to even the sides with the holes previously drilled. I worked with big pieces of wood so I would not get too close to the router bit.

A template that I would use with a pattern bit to make the recesses in the drawer fronts was made next.

The handles were cut apart on the band saw ….

… and carefully sanded and fitted into the template.

After cutting the recesses in the drawer fronts with a plunge router and the previously made template, the handles were glued in place. BTW, the upper part of each handle that is inside the drawer front has about 3/8 inch of wood removed to provide a finger grip. The handles are about 3/4 inch deep, 4 inches long and 1-1/4 inches wide. The handles protrude about 1/4 inch beyond the drawer fronts.

The finished cabinet was then mounted on the left platform top. I chose the left side to mount the cabinet because mounting it on the right side would have interfered with the drill press table crank handle.


For a majority of my drill press work this table height will work with the cabinets tucked under the drill press table. Iʻll explain the small cabinet on the right platform later.

When I need access to the 2-way vise, all I have to do is rotate a turn button lock and swing the platforms away from each other. Note that there is more space behind the small cabinet on the right platform to locate another small cabinet. This is an evolving project.

If I have to lower the drill press table beyond the top of the cabinets all I have to do is slide the cabinets outward.

This is the lowest the drill press table can be lowered.


You know you canʻt have too much storage. The smaller cabinet was made for other drill press accessories. It also rotates. Every surface is utilized to store something.

On one side of the cabinet I have my paddle bits stored.

On the back side I have some drill cases stored.

I still have one side to hang other stuff. Donʻt know whatʻs going here.

You can see that the drawers are already filled. The tray area on the top of the cabinet has a place for my oil cans and can hold small stuff that always collects when you are working at the drill press.

One coat of Danish Oil was use on all bare wood surfaces.


I hope you enjoyed looking at this complicated project. I think itʻs going to work.

Thanks for looking. Comments and favorites welcomed.

And again … Merry Christmas and Happy New Year ….

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#1 posted 12-17-2014 07:10 PM

Amazing, amazing project. Talk about customized. wow.

Can you raise the legs to make it sit flat on the floor, or is it portable all of the time?

Happy holidays to you and yours!!!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#2 posted 12-17-2014 07:10 PM

Impressive, lot of parts. Looks great.

-- Chris K

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#3 posted 12-17-2014 07:13 PM

Wow. That is pretty sweet.

Nicely done.


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Mark Shymanski

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#4 posted 12-17-2014 07:16 PM

You know you can use the gift cards for buying stuff too, eh LOL!

Seriously though that is a great addition to the drill press. It lets you use the space to lower the table if you need to but can use it for storage the rest of the time….very cool

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#5 posted 12-17-2014 07:56 PM

Beautiful build, it has all the bells and whistles you would ever need and then some.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 12-17-2014 08:16 PM

HOLY MOLY! I was ecstatic when I got my drill press on a mobile base. You have raised the bar to a stratospheric level. I couldn’t possibly duplicate it, but I will steal a bunch of great ideas from it. Thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 12-17-2014 08:42 PM

Wow. That is so cool.
Good for you for spending some time on the shop.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 12-17-2014 09:19 PM

Wow! Very impressive! I love the forward-looking design and serious attention to detail.


-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#9 posted 12-17-2014 09:22 PM

Alex, when I grow up I want to be just like you. ;-). This is truly amazing, Great idea and execution!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#10 posted 12-17-2014 10:17 PM

Wow, that is one exciting cabinet. (Or should I say two? :-) )
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#11 posted 12-17-2014 10:55 PM

Real sweet set up all in one place. Nice going, Alex!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 12-18-2014 12:12 AM

Ultra cool design and great build!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#13 posted 12-18-2014 01:06 AM

Wow… color me “impressed” !

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#14 posted 12-18-2014 01:36 AM

Wow, Alex, This is pretty elaborate and very impressive. Having been to your shop and seen how much you have organized a smaller space already, this is quite amazing. Being able to move tools around is good even in a larger shop, I can see some ideas here I can borrow from. If you come to Florida this year, I hope you will come by an visit me.

Merry Christmas!

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

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#15 posted 12-18-2014 02:00 AM

You forgot the COOLER for the cans,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great job on a very inspiring set of cabinetry.
Thanks for posting this.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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