Bench Top Drill Press Table

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Project by RetiredCoastie posted 11-05-2009 04:51 AM 7480 views 24 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The table base is 2 sheets of melamine laminated with solvent based contact cement and then screwed together with 40 #10 screws and then sealed. The table attach dogs are 3 hard maple blocks cut to match the profile of the metal DP table with a small gap so the auxiliary table doesn’t bottom out on the dogs.

Due to the table extending out and blocking out the elevation crank I extended it with a threaded rod, a rod coupler with set screws and then turned to accommodate the crank handle. I’m machining an offset bracket that will support the extension and tie it to the table allowing smooth operation of the elevation mechanism.

The band wrapping around the table is poplar that’s finger jointed, glued and screwed to the table and then plugged. The finger joints were a big pain in the butt. Calibrating the jig took about 4 board feet of stock but I was determined to have the 1/4” fingers come out with exact spacing on the 1 1/2” band and now I have an accurate jig for 1/4” fingers.

The fence is a work in progress but will have “T” track on the top and on the front face of the fence. I’ll get the “T” track after the wood show on Friday and hopefully finish it this weekend.

The “T” tracks are inlaid into the top and secured with machine screws and “T” nuts and then Masonite is attached with double sided tape. The hold down dogs are made from hard maple.

Thanks for viewing!

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#1 posted 11-05-2009 04:58 AM

Sweet! You obviously put a lot of thought into that, and it turned out well. I’m getting ready to do one myself.

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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#2 posted 11-05-2009 05:58 AM

Beautiful workmanship !!

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

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#3 posted 11-05-2009 05:03 PM

I REALLY like the extension handle/knobs for the height adjustment and the under table wood connectors-lots of thought went into this!

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#4 posted 11-05-2009 05:55 PM

Great table. Love the drill press extension handle.

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

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#5 posted 11-05-2009 06:03 PM

This is one fine drill press table super job


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#6 posted 11-05-2009 06:58 PM

Fine looking table.


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#7 posted 11-06-2009 08:39 PM

Awesome table. I love the fingerjoints and the holddown clamps. I need to make a miniversion for my benchtop drill press.


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#8 posted 11-07-2009 05:59 PM

Thank you all for your encouraging comments. It was fun to build and I used just about every tool in my shop except my lathe.

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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