Drill Press Cabinet

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Project by gtpreacher posted 11-06-2015 10:24 PM 10131 views 16 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another chapter in the never ending story of the search for more shop storage. 3/4-inch plywood case and drawers, cherry drawer fronts, and an old re-purposed shelf for a top.

-- Phil, North Carolina

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#1 posted 11-06-2015 10:40 PM

Phil, that is a nice looking cabinet. Is it easily removable if you need additional clearance?

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#2 posted 11-06-2015 11:51 PM

This is a great use of what is generally unused space. I too am curious if it rolls out of the way when more clearance is needed.

-- Joe - I am not entirely worthless, I can always serve as a bad example.

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#3 posted 11-07-2015 01:17 AM

like to see more pictures of how you mounted your table to the porter cable press.

-- If you can't read it Scribble wrote it!! “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

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#4 posted 11-07-2015 05:04 AM

Very nice!

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#5 posted 11-07-2015 01:11 PM

Nice work,

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#6 posted 11-07-2015 02:24 PM

Phil, that’s a great improvement to a drill press and will be a nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 11-07-2015 03:53 PM

Answers to a couple of questions:

The cabinet sits on the rolling base and can be removed simply by picking it up. Obviously, it the drawewrs are full, that will be a little difficult. So far I have not needed the extra clearance for the drill press, so the trade off for more storage seems good to me. In the future, if I need the extra capacity, say for vertical boring on the end of a long piece, then I’ll figure something out.

The plywood table simply slides over the metal table and is held firmly by two bolts which are run through threaded inserts to clamp onto the bottom of the metal table, If you look closely at the second photo, you can see those bolts.

By the way, although this post wasn’t intended as a tool review, I love the Porter Cable drill press. It has plenty of power and is very stable and accurate, and at a little over $300 it is much more economical than similarly capable machines from other manufacturers.

-- Phil, North Carolina

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#8 posted 11-11-2015 01:44 AM


Very nicely done. I have the exact same drill press and am very happy with it. I wanted to do something similar to what you did with the storage as well as building my own drill press table. Unfortunately, time constraints got in the way and I ended up putting a Woodpecker drill press table on it. I love the Woodpecker table but I only have it held in place with a couple of threaded inserts in the bottom with a couple of hold downs. It moves a little more than I would like for it to move. Any chance you could post a picture or two of the way the table attaches to the stock cast iron table?

Keep up the good work!


-- Wood is a gift from God that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#9 posted 11-16-2015 06:06 PM

Here is a close-up photo of one of the two 1/4-20 bolts that hold the wooden table to the stock metal table. They basically just clamp onto the lower part of the metal table and are very secure. I can move the whole drill press on it’s dolly by gripping the table, and it doesn’t affect the positioning of the table at all.

-- Phil, North Carolina

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