Drill Press Table

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Project by rons posted 08-04-2009 01:36 AM 32260 views 193 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Everyone, Just wanted to post the table I made this week. It makes running the drill press so much easier now ( and safer ). I came across blackcherry’s post on a table that he built and that is what I based my design on. The top is made out of 2 pieces of 3/4” mdf with a 1/8” piece of hardboard on the top. There is an insert that is 3/4” mdf that is off centered so I can rotate it for a fresh hole every time I drill. The fence and edging is oak that I made from a scrap pallet I got from work. The hold downs are Incra. The t-track and knobs were ordered from Mcmaster Carr. I set 2 t-tracks in the bottom so I could attach it to the steel table and tightened it down using 4 knobs. It was a fun project to do and I recomend building one if you have”nt yet. Total cost was about $55.00 for me to make this. I would like to thank Blackcherry for his post. It helped me alot. Ron

-- Ron, Michigan

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#1 posted 08-04-2009 01:54 AM

Very nice! I recently bought a drill press and have wanted to build one like this…im sure it makes things much easier on the builds.
Thanks for posting !

-- learning, building, playing

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#2 posted 08-04-2009 02:00 AM

Great looking drill press table. Your going to love it mine is about 6 months old and its a joy to use. thank for posting Blkcherry

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#3 posted 08-04-2009 02:02 AM

This is a great table!

Looks like you have every clamping angle covered. I really like the red hold downs.

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#4 posted 08-04-2009 02:04 AM

Very nice table. I just added this to the list of shop jigs I need to make.

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#5 posted 08-04-2009 02:39 AM

fantastic job! I just started one this morning. Something to go with the super sled. Nothing as fancy as yours, but it does have a hold down for mortising.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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#6 posted 08-04-2009 03:58 AM

Good looking and very functional drill press table. I really like the idea that the insert be off centered and can be rotated. Very clever.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#7 posted 08-04-2009 05:54 AM

Nice work! I made one a couple of years ago, but I couldn’t get the concentric circles to work out. I tried a couple of methods, and either the insert or the table was always the wrong size, out of round, what ever. How did you make your insert and match the cut out in the table?

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#8 posted 08-04-2009 06:10 AM

Looks very good. I just laid one out earlier tonight for my drill press.

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#9 posted 08-04-2009 07:40 AM

Very nice table set-up.
It appears that you would need to remove the fence if you needed to remove the hold downs if you had a wide board to drill on it. I just finished a project involving 2×12’s that I had to drill and countersink the holes across the 12” end of it. I need to make a nice table like this one , but the only change would be to continue the dado through the front edge : )

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#10 posted 08-04-2009 12:59 PM

Well Done!!! Something I could use.

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#11 posted 08-04-2009 06:00 PM

I’m working on one of these today, myself. Thanks for the post – you’ve added some great details!

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#12 posted 08-04-2009 07:39 PM

Thanks for the comment guys, Topapilot I have sent you a message about the insert. I hope it might help you. Dusty, you are correct. I don’t drill anything very large so I opted to just cover the t-track over. By reading the comments I can look forward to seeing 4 or 5 new tables on our project page soon. Have fun guys.


-- Ron, Michigan

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#13 posted 08-05-2009 07:05 AM

I really like the finished look of your front banding , but for my own needs I would have to leave the slots exposed.

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

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#14 posted 08-08-2009 01:49 PM

Nice job.

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#15 posted 11-12-2010 10:08 PM

Looks great! I am working on one as well. Love the look of the Oak. Hope my walnut with oak dowels looks half as good as this…

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