Drill Press Table with a twist

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Project by Rayne posted 02-15-2015 01:47 AM 83776 views 104 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here another project down the drain. This is the Woodsmith-based drill press table. For once, it’s almost exactly like what the plan asked for, except the crank handles and one unique solution to a problem I wasn’t expecting. It is huge , but does fit well with the drill press. I look forward to making full use of this almost immediately. I welcome any comments, concerns, or critiques. Thanks for looking.

Base glued and cut to shape.

1 T-Track installed (my 3/4” router bit isn’t 3/4”...that made routing the grooves VERY tricky)

Lock shaft support block

Apron test fit with bushing for height adjustment

Testing fit on Drill Press

Fence created, along with stop block and all the support blocks

Table installed on DP. Looks good. Notice the missing T-track…I had a plan to cannibalize my HF drill press table T-track, but it turns out those things are MUCh bigger than the Rockler ones, so I had to order another from Rockler.

Gear 1 installed. This is where the unexpected problem came to be. You’ll see the reason and solution in a later pic.

Steel Shaft made, by hand via hacksaw, to accept lock pin screw.

Testing fit of the lock pin. Not bad of a fit. :)

Height adjustment shaft installed. 2nd gear is secured via a tension pin. Shaft collar is holding the shaft in place to prevent movement along gears. And now the problem…notice the spring clip (I think that’s what they’re called) sticking out behind the first gear? Well, apparently, that shaft moves in and out when you make height adjustments; mostly going down. Since the gear is not that big and I measure everything flush to the END of the shaft, I had a 1/8” gap to fill to prevent that in and out movement. I couldn’t install washers because the assembly is NOT removable without causing some damage, so the spring clips were my solution and it’s working perfectly.

2nd T-track installed, height adjustment handle installed. Not liking this solution right now, but I’ll figure something out. I tried something different and it may not pan out. We’ll see. (the height adjustment works well, just so you know)

Old crank handle from the height adjustment on the same Drill press reassigned as crank handle for the lock screw. Hand filed a 5/8” steel bar to 1/2” to fit that handle. Hated it…

Lock shaft installed and working flawlessly.

And finally the insert. Just rotate when you want a clean surface. I have a template to make many more. These are super easy to make with the template.

And the completed table

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#1 posted 02-15-2015 02:04 AM

I really like the modification for height adjustment and locking mechanism!!!
I’ma gonna hafta keep this one from getting lost in my grey matter….
That or maybe I’ll just “favorite” this little gem of a post!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 02-15-2015 02:24 AM

Having recently acquired a ten inch craftsman DP, I fully appreciate this build. As DIY noted, the height adjustment and locking mech modification is superb.

Even on my small DP, table adjustment is cumbersome, and your mod rectifies that. Excellent table!

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#3 posted 02-15-2015 02:33 AM

pretty nice idea on the height and lock.
Curious why you don’t like the height adjustment.

-- Jeff NJ

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#4 posted 02-15-2015 02:37 AM

Thanks for the comments. It was a fun build. :)

Jeff, I should have made it a little clearer that I wasn’t satisfied with the Handle for the height adjustment. The mechanism works just fine. The handle is not as solid as I would have liked, so I may hit up the flea market tomorrow to see if anyone has a crank handle similar to the one I used for the lock shaft. I just don’t want to plunk down $18 – $20 for just one handle found on Amazon or elsewhere.

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#5 posted 02-15-2015 02:38 AM

Woodchuck, mine is positioned such that when I attach a fence or jig with clamps, it blocks the height adjustment crank from moving fully, meaning about a half turn of hieght adjustment capacity or move the fence/jig if you need to adjust more.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#6 posted 02-15-2015 04:12 AM

That is an awesome solution to a problem that has stopped me from making an auxiliary table for my drill press! Thanks for sharing…

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#7 posted 02-15-2015 04:54 AM

Absolutely love it. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 02-15-2015 08:40 AM

Very well done as well as presented to us!

-- EdwardNorton

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#9 posted 02-15-2015 10:18 AM

A table of a higher level


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#10 posted 02-15-2015 01:43 PM

Looks really good, curious, where did you get the gears and hardware? Was there a kit, or just pick each part up individually?

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#11 posted 02-15-2015 01:55 PM

Yes it is awesome

-- Vince

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#12 posted 02-15-2015 02:29 PM

Rayne, I saw that same article and knew that was a “got to have” upgrade to my DP. Got the gears and bushings from Amazon and the rest of the parts needed from here and there, just haven’t gotten around to building it yet, other things to do first which seems to have been a good thing,thanks for the tip on the gear shaft moving in and out,will be something to check on when I do build it,Thanks, nice table.

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#13 posted 02-15-2015 03:05 PM

Great idea on table adjustment. I have a large drill press and is a pain to try and reach back to adjust it. Got me thinking, maybe an old drill modified to do by electrical power. That may be along time coming, but possible.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#14 posted 02-15-2015 04:04 PM

Love the table and mods for height and locking. Bookmarked this for future reference.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#15 posted 02-15-2015 04:22 PM

Thanks for all the comments. Here are some links for the miter gears and the lock collar. The crank handles that Woodsmith used are expensive; like $20 each expensive after shipping, so reusing and finding alternatives was my answer. Everything else was either bought from Rockler (I had most of the universal T-tracks already) or the big box stores as well as Ace. I also just bought the height adjustment crank handle from the flea market ($1) as mentioned I would try to find; it was the LAST booth I went to, which was also the first because it was closed when I got there and opened before I left. Gotta love how that works. I’ll post pics when I get it installed.

Oh, and a tip: The 1st gear on the height adjustment is not using a tension pin, unlike the 2nd gear. I didn’t feel comfortable drilling through something as critical as that piece, so I drilled and tapped the Gear and used a set screw to hold since the shaft has a flat side. The gear is super strong plastic and is working well in that configuration. If one day the set screw and gear loosens up, I’ll drill through then with a tension pin.

Miter Gears

Lock Collar

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