Drill Press Stand

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Project by mjpierson posted 07-16-2007 03:42 AM 21734 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built: December 2002

Someone had requested better pictures of my drill press stand so here you go….pretty basic, MDF, slapped together, but it got it off my bench at the time.

It was adapted from the FWW #160 Tools & Shops Winter 2002/2003 “Smart-Shop in a One-Car Garage”

I rigged it to better attach to the stand with bolts that come up through the stand top and then line up with holes on the press base. The top is two 3/4” piece of MDF to make it thick enough.

It is a bit top heavy – not to the point of dangerous, but if I had it to do over, I would make a little wider. And do something different with that door at the bottom …looks stupid with the exposed hinge…

The drawers are from Lee Valley….they are great for bits etc

It be has been somewhat of a challenge to find the drawers on Lee Valley’s site. Here are the catalog/product numbers. Just search…will bring you right to them:

1” Toolbox Tray: 05K98.10
1” Toolbox Tray, box of 5: 05K98.15
2” Toolbox Tray: 05K98.20
2” Toolbox Tray, box of 5: 05K98.25

..update 11/25/08..
apparently Lee Valley is no longer carrying these drawers. No other information is known.

-- Mike - Columbus, Ohio

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#1 posted 07-16-2007 03:50 AM

Very cool. Lots of storage. Thanks for posting it.

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#2 posted 07-16-2007 04:03 PM

Thanks for posting Mike! I have a small drill press and I keep trying to decide where to set it up. I tend to move it around from my basement to my garage. Right now I plop it on top of my MFT and clamp it down. I like your stand. I have seen stands like this in the WW mags. The one question I always have is, is it top heavy, or is there enough mass in the cabinet?


-- John

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#3 posted 07-16-2007 04:12 PM

This is a very nice storage area for bits and more I bet. Nice piece of work Mike. Thanks for sharing.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#4 posted 07-16-2007 07:09 PM

Very nice!! I was looking for an idea to build one for my DP and this is perfect. Thank you.

-- Hope Never fails

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#5 posted 07-16-2007 07:29 PM

Well executed! Great idea with the drawers. I’m always losing bits and stuff!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 07-16-2007 10:35 PM

wow.. look at all that storage!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 07-16-2007 10:42 PM

Nice, plenty of storage!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 07-17-2007 01:10 AM

@woodspar – it is borderline top heavy, but I don’t feel it is dangerous top-heavy… if I had it to do over, I would make it a bit wider but not worried about it enough to mess with it now…the width of the drawer kinda drove the width. maybe add another bank or put in a “tall” shelf storage to the R or L?

-- Mike - Columbus, Ohio

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#9 posted 07-20-2007 01:53 AM

Thanks Mike. I will be creating something along these lines soon – I have to get the DP off of the floor. Thanks for the info!

-- John

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#10 posted 12-13-2007 08:38 AM

Nice design. Functional. I have a very similar shaped stand for my benchtop drill press. I had the top-heavy issue as well. I added casters on one side that only touch the floor if the stand is slightly tilted. I built a handle on the opposite side to easily tilt it so that it engages the casters. This helped as it added a tiny amount of width. The big difference for me was adding weight to the bottom. I poured leveling sand in the bottom of the drill press. This adds about forty pounds according to the sands packaging. I also had a couple huge and heavy paver stones that had broken. I broke them smaller and put it on top the sand. From there you could add a board to hide the weight.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#11 posted 11-04-2008 03:34 AM

Thats a nice drill press stand.

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