Drill Press Cabinet on wheels

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Project by Rayne posted 02-08-2015 12:58 AM 60433 views 57 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my latest project: The Drill press cabinet. I have like 4 concurrent projects right now and they are all making progress, so I’m glad to get this one out of the way. This is based upon Woodsmith’s dill press cabinet plans. I had to modify it to fix my DP base which is wider than what they used, which basically means the plans were guidelines and nothing more since all calculations had to be redone from the ground up. Anyways, I really like how this turned out and am thinking about putting a finish on it…not sure yet due to the exposed plywood edges. I might…but we’ll see. Please let me know what you think or might have done differently or even what type of finish you’d like to see on it. Thanks for looking. More photos below.

Mobile Base – previous project I completed. It’s in my profile

Base of cabinet being built

Cubby for wheels for the base

Base complete

Cabinet shell

Cubbies built and installed on base. Top installed as well with a recessed area to hold various items to prevent them from rolling off the cabinet. I made a mistake on how I made the recess, so I put in an 1/8” door skin and it looks better now.

Drawer components. The joinery on this was new to me and quite tricky (well, to me anyways). It definitely holds strong, but not something I want to do again. I would prefer pocket holes as it has less margin for error compared to these.

Built 2 of the drawers; now waiting on drawer glides

Drawer glides came in, so installed them both

Drawer faces installed on bottom 2 (upper two were a royal pain…)

Side profile of completed cabinet

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#1 posted 02-08-2015 01:25 AM

Nice job Rayne. Always great to add more storage and mobility is also a key component in my shop too.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#2 posted 02-08-2015 01:26 AM

This/these are super builds. It’s amazing how many accessories you have to have space for, for your drill press. This will certainly keep things stored, and out of the way, but, easy access when you need something. I like it and the mobil base.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#3 posted 02-08-2015 03:10 AM

Really like this just add it to a long list of want to do for my garage..

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#4 posted 02-08-2015 05:12 AM

That’s neat. Is that a built in tray in the left rear of the top?

-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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#5 posted 02-08-2015 05:23 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone. The storage is already coming in handy, but that’s just to clear some stuff up. lol. I’ll have it full organized within the next week.

As for the built-in tray, yes, it is. It’s a recessed area I made with my router. My template was horrible, so the recessed area was messed up a little. I just cut and glued a 1/8” door skin to fill it in a little to make it nicer; it still serves it’s purpose since the recess was 3/8” deep.

I think I will add some finish to it after I finish up a few other things in my shop. It’s opening up quite nicely as shop projects get done. Next up on the list is my Drill Press table and Shop Vac cart.

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#6 posted 02-08-2015 01:17 PM

Great job! this is one is going right onto the to do list.

-- Jeff Midlothian. Texas.

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#7 posted 02-08-2015 04:22 PM

Rayne -

A good use of that wasted space under the drill press. I been planning to to something like this – thanks for the post.



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#8 posted 02-08-2015 06:28 PM

Yes by all means put a finish on it, you will be so much prouder of your work when you show it off … I used to leave raw wood in my shop, because it was for the shop … well I picked up a bucket of Green paint at the oops counter for $2.00 and covered up some of the old wood … then I had some sand thru plywood that I got on sale for $15.00 per 3/4” sheet and built my router table … painted the sides and back green, now it matches my workbench legs and the lumber storage rack, (also built from painted scraps)

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#10 posted 02-08-2015 07:42 PM

Hi Rayne,

That is beautiful! You did a great job on that. It looks much nicer than what I did!

Charlie's Drill Press on LJ

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#11 posted 02-09-2015 09:16 PM

What a practical addition to the shop and your drill press. Space always seems to be at a premium for most of us so I am glad to see you are making the most of what you have.

I need to add this to my list of “things to do”.

Thanks for sharing. It looks great.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#12 posted 02-17-2015 06:19 AM

Very interesting work, I love that you really customized it to fit your exact situation. Finish it by all means, it looks great!

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#13 posted 08-04-2016 06:24 PM


I know I’m late to the party, but I love this cabinet! I will absolutely be making something like this (I found this because I was doing internet searches on just this very thing.) I’m curious if you ever put a finish on it?

-- One good turn deserves another!

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#14 posted 08-04-2016 06:43 PM

This is a nice addition to your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 08-22-2016 03:52 PM


I know I m late to the party, but I love this cabinet! I will absolutely be making something like this (I found this because I was doing internet searches on just this very thing.) I m curious if you ever put a finish on it?

- NCTurner

I thought I had responded to this, but I guess not. Thanks for the comment. Unfortunately, I have yet to put a finish on it and I really still need to. I got caught up doing other projects right after this one and eventually summer rolled around and made it near impossible to work in the garage. Just waiting for the temps to come down so I can move forward with it. It has held up very well even without a finish.

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