Shop Built Drill Press Table

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Project by SEE posted 10-19-2009 04:09 PM 19137 views 68 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve recently finished building a Drill Press Table for my G7947 DP, which I purchased earlier this year from CL. I looked at lots of images of DPTs on google and WW forums for ideas. My table is my own design but incorporates several ideas borrowed from other people’s shop built tables.

From a man named Bill Huber I got the idea of using a round insert in the table instead instead of the typical square insert more often seen. You got a lot more mileage out of a round insert. I also “borrowed” Bill’s method of attaching the table to the cast iron table of the DP itself.

I also wish to thank Nathan Yeager for his idea of building the “mini fence”, a short piece of wood that spans the two inner T-Tracks. I expanded on his mini fence by adding a slot for hold downs. They’re really convenient!

With the exception of the hardware, (T-Tracks, T-Bolts, knobs and 4 heavy duty angle brackets), and one can of spray paint, the entire table was built from scraps from my shop, a few pieces of plywood from the local dump/recycle center and a piece of 1” oak plywood that I got for free from a big cabinet shop nearby. The piece of oak plywood was in their scrap pile and is the top for my DP table.

I think that I have about $20-$25 bucks in the whole shoot and shebang, max. I bought the Rockler T-Track kit when they used to put them on sale ever so often for $9.95. In fact, I bought 5 of those kits the last time that I saw them on sale at the price!

The table consists of three main components: the box, the drawer and the top. I designed the table so that the top can be repositioned on the box in the event that I ever need more swing in case I have a wider piece of stock to work with. I don’t anticipate having to use that function very often but it’ll be nice to have if I do need it. Also, if I decide down the road to build a new top I can still use the box and the drawer. In other words, I won’t have to start from scratch should I decide that I need a new top for the table.

With the table mounted in its rearmost position and the fence attached at the rear of the table I have a maximum swing of 6”. I can increase the swing by rotating the fence 180 degrees and moving it to the front of the table. With the top in it’s normal position I now get 7 1/2 inch swing. When I slide the top forward on the box to it’s second position I have a 10 1/2 inch swing.

The basic fence is really simple. It’s a piece of scrap 3/4” hard wood flooring with holes drilled to accommodate the T-Bolts that ride in the Rockler T-Track. Holes are drilled in the fence so that I can position it in three positions on the table, left and right of center. From a piece of scrap, white oak I think, I made an auxiliary fence that attaches on top of the basic low profile fence. I can move this auxiliary fence left or right and have a stop block for repeatable bores up to 48” from the end of a board.

A couple of the photos above show how useful the “mini fence” is with hold downs. I can drill very small parts safely without risk of the part lifting and beating up my fingers. It’s hands free on the part that I’m drilling!

I hope that you enjoy seeing my new DP table. Perhaps someone will get an idea that they can use in their future shop built table, as I have from others. Feel free to ask if anyone has questions. Thanks!

-- Build for the joy of it!

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#1 posted 10-19-2009 04:27 PM

Mighty fine lookin table. Got to consider something like that especially a dust collector port and fence. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#2 posted 10-19-2009 04:32 PM

This is a great addition to a drill press, one day I hope to build one of these. I would get started today but my list of projects is so long I can’t see the end of it.

-- Roscoe in Iowa

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#3 posted 10-19-2009 04:32 PM

Very nice I favorited it.

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#4 posted 10-19-2009 04:36 PM

That is a mighty fine table! Hope you don’t mind if I swipe some of the ideas you used for my replacement DP table? (I am starting to HATE my Grizz DP table…).

Could you give a little more detail on how the mount to the iron table works? Do the bolts go through it or bypass it?

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#5 posted 10-19-2009 04:42 PM

very nice design. well thought out. i like it and hope you don’t mind me using the idea.


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#6 posted 10-19-2009 04:44 PM

Nice table. Well thought out.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#7 posted 10-19-2009 04:44 PM

Thanks for the comments folks. It was a fun project to build and it’s really an asset in the shop now. I’m thankful to have it!

dbhost: You don’t have to borrow the ideas. They are freely given!

On my table the bolts go all the way through the CI table of the DP. I have some more pics that show that feature in detail. I’ll try to get them posted online today so that I can post those pics for you here. You can build it so that the bolts are just pressing up against the bottom of the CI table. I’ll get the clearer details for you.

-- Build for the joy of it!

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#8 posted 10-19-2009 05:12 PM

A great job you will get years of service from this great addition


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#9 posted 10-19-2009 05:15 PM

I second the requests for more details. I have this same model DP, and I’ve been stumped on how to attach a table.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 10-19-2009 05:37 PM

Very nice work. I really like the mini fence idea. Thanks for the post.

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#11 posted 10-19-2009 05:56 PM

Geat Job, very functional.

-- Aflixa - Granja - Portugal

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#12 posted 10-19-2009 06:07 PM

Yeah, I will have to adapt to my DP, as my table is one of the round ones… I was already thinking something similar to what you rigged up there…

Nice drawer setup too. I assume you are keeping bits in there…

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#13 posted 10-19-2009 06:08 PM

Now—if you can just figure out how to enstall dust collection in the box you’re good to go. I made my DP table tears ago, put a small bits,spade bits, stop block, etc.,drawer in it using half the box for that. I put a divider behind the dawer, and drilled a 2 1/4” hole for the dust collection. I ran a Shop Vac hose from there to my 4” d.c. main line with a drop, and used a 2 1/2—to 4” coupler. It works great. Just an idea to give you a heads-up for corraling that dust. If you have the room , that is. Drill the hole on the side of the box.

Great- looking table, by the way. It should do you well for many years.

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#14 posted 10-19-2009 06:15 PM

a great job, I was just thinking about building one for my grizzly DP. Great timing. I like that the drawer is painted Grizzly green. I favorited it too.

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#15 posted 10-19-2009 06:16 PM

Almost forgot, SEE. If you want to look at my d.p.set-up and see how mine is, go to my workshop photos on my home page, or better yet, go to my workshop phots’#2. I think you can see it better there.

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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