Mobile Drill Press Stand

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Project by Scooter McClain posted 02-22-2015 09:20 PM 4510 views 12 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been trying to make all of my power tools mobile for ease of moving for cleaning, as well as to be able to move the tool outside on nice days to work out there. This was my latest efforts. The design is essentially of my own, however, it is based on the idea from WOOD Magazine’s plan from a couple of years ago, as well as a picture found on the internet of the same idea. The base is a scrap piece of 3/4” birch ply, and the sides are hem fir 2×4 studs from the big box store, milled down to 1.5” on the table saw (It was supposed to be 2.25”, I blame it on my lack of coffee this morning!). I was going to glue and screw the base on, but frankly the glue was a very tight bond and I deemed it more than sufficient, we’ll see how long that holds up over time. Some of the scrap 3/4” Ply worked well to fix the mistake of taking too much off the plywood (you can see those pieces if you look close enough). The wheels are 3”catering wheels that had a 3/8” shaft, and some 1/2” washers and a 3/8” nut hold the wheels on. All of this was then attached to a scrap piece of red oak that I have had in the scrap bin for far too long. The base is then secured to the wheel frame with 5” carriage bolts and some more of the same washers and bolts. It is surprisingly very stable, and moves very easily! Next I hope to build a drill press table that will have storage beneath the table, similar to a storage cabinet.

In total, the project took about a 1/2 day to complete. Thanks to websites like this for giving me the idea of make this!

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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#1 posted 02-23-2015 01:28 AM

I like it! Given time I just might have to do the same. In the summer, I like to work outside as well.

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#2 posted 02-23-2015 01:34 AM

Mine is made of metal. Good job on a good idea. I’m wondering about the weight and stability?

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#3 posted 02-23-2015 10:13 PM

Mine is made of metal. Good job on a good idea. I m wondering about the weight and stability?

- DocSavage45

As stated in the description, it is very stable, and the drill press is essentially locked into place with the oak cross support/legs. Upon completion, I intentionally tried to see if it would knock over with some calculated pushes simulating bumping the drill press with wood, and it’s actually more of a stable base now than before I had this base on it, no kidding! In fact, much more stable than I was expecting! Since the wheels are a little further out from the base, it’s gained additional stability. If you were referring to the oak outriggers/out-runners, The oak runners did bend initially when I over-tightened the nut down, but backing off the nut alleviated the pressure off the wood and that took care of the bending that I experienced. No problems there at all after backing off the nut, and no issues when I was trying to see if I could knock over the drill press by bumping it. The castor wheels are rated at 110 Lbs per wheel, and the drill press weights around 160 Lbs total, so as long as this is never on one wheel, the weight should be adequately supported. If you are asking for the overall weight of the design, it’s probably about 6-8 Lbs total.
Overall I’m very please with the simplicity and functionality, I wish I had done this sooner! The one thing I may go back and change is to round over the ends of the oak runners, I can easily put the foot brakes on, but if I rounded over the corners some (think of a popsicle stick), it would make it a lot easier to put the wheel brakes on.

I hope I answered your question!

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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