Hands Free Phenolic Ply Drill Press Table

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Project by blackcherry posted 02-16-2009 07:09 PM 11103 views 52 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the holiday as a stocking stuff I purchase all the hardware for this table from the folks over at INCRA. All in all it came in around 40.00 bucks. The size and dimension came from various design and some of my own. If you notice the two plug hole on the fence this was a design oops on my fault. My locking knobs got directly in the way of the drill press spindles. To remedy the mistake I took the aluminum extrusion off my old small drill press table and mounted it on the back side of the fence which work a whole lot better than the original plan. The phenolic ply and lumber are cut off of project which lay around the shop. Over all I’m happy with how this turn out, the hand free operation of the drill press will make for a safer operation. Thanks for viewing Blkcherry

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#1 posted 02-16-2009 07:22 PM

Very nice…I’m going to have to use your shop next time I have some holes to drill!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#2 posted 02-16-2009 07:25 PM

Nice… I need to do something like this…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#3 posted 02-16-2009 08:12 PM

Looks good to me with or without the extra holes in it.
I’ve been considering getting some of those hold downs myself.
Where included in the hardware kit?

-- dick

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#4 posted 02-16-2009 08:20 PM

Any time Pat…Dick you have the option of buying all piece separate. Just visit INCRA/ t-track accessories.

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#5 posted 02-16-2009 08:24 PM

Very nice. I like it.

-- Scott in Texas

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#6 posted 02-16-2009 08:28 PM

Very nice table design . I’ve got to get my butt in gear and make one also .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 02-16-2009 08:29 PM

I think I will put a student on this project and borrow your idea. The accuracy this can provide will be great, but then you have the added safety aspects. We have some donated laminate countertop formica. I have been looking for a good small project to demonstrate to the students how to apply it. This just fits the bill. Thanks for the post. Tooldad

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#8 posted 02-16-2009 08:32 PM

Great table, I’m going to save this and try to re-create it, it looks very handy and adjustable!

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#9 posted 02-16-2009 08:57 PM

Wow, that’s a nice looking table! I built mine almost exactly like yours – I used MDF with laminate over the top for the fence and table top. Your’s is a whole lot more “polished” than mine. I like it a lot.

Question: How’d you contend with the height adjustment handle for the actual drill press? I had to route out a fairly good sized section on an area of the underside of my table in order for the handle (and part of my hand) to clear when adjusting the DP height. (That question make sense?)


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#10 posted 02-16-2009 09:13 PM

Zac my handle to raise and lower the table has enough room to make its proper rotation. I just have to be careful not to get my hand pinched. The area is confined but accessible… Tooldad your idea to have your student make this project is a great idea, the safety aspect is always rule No. 1….Blkcherry

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#11 posted 02-17-2009 02:44 AM

Very nice addition to any drill press.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#12 posted 02-17-2009 05:40 AM

I’ve never used Phenolic Ply before… do you like using it? And how does the price compare to MDF or 3/4 BB Ply

-- San Diego, CA

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#13 posted 02-17-2009 06:46 AM

Very nice!!!! I saved the pictures because I like the fence idea.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#14 posted 02-17-2009 04:24 PM

BlackCherry, How is your shop-made table attached to the original steel table?

Also, it looks to me like the DP base is free standing on the floor. Do you ever have any issue with the machine being top-heavy and wanting topple?

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#15 posted 02-17-2009 06:14 PM

“If you notice the two plug hole on the fence this was a design oops on my fault.” You’re not supposed to admit it was a mistake….it’s an artistic addition. :)

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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