Drill Press tilting table

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Project by bluekingfisher posted 04-01-2016 06:43 PM 2915 views 18 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A tilting table for the drill press is not an accessory required for every shop project, however they are indeed handy when required. More than once I have struggled trying to attain the appropriate drilling angle only to end up creating a raggedy untidy hole. So I decided to build a simple tilting table.

Apart from the tilt facility, it has to be slightly bigger than the existing table on the drill press, which on my drill is quite large at 20 3/4” x 14”. The depth is not so much the issue, rather the width as the sliding extension arms need to clear the drill table when the jig is tilted. And the arms extend downward. I also had the additional problem of the slider arms clearing the cabinet I have installed below the drill press.

The other issue I had, was storage space when not in use. My small workshop is rapidly running out of space so it needed to disassemble quickly for storage.

The table is made from 3/4 ” BB ply with hardwood edge banding to protect the plywood edges a little and provide greater purchase for the 8mm hanger bolts used to hold the clamping knobs.

A full width piano hinge allows the table to pivot.

I made the sliding arms from 1/2” BB ply. I routed a 1/2” groove down the centre at the router table. I installed T nuts to protect the pivot holes a little then realised I couldn’t install them over the top and bottom hangar bolts. The solution was to drill out the threads on the next size drill up, in this case 8.5 mm, so the arms can be easily slipped over both top and bottom bolts and removed just as easily to fold flat, well almost flat for storage. Had I to do it again I would off set the hangar bolts a little so they would not bind so to allow the table to fold completely flat.

I installed a couple of 1/2 ” T tracks to allow a fence run travel on, again I used hardwood scraps to edge band the fence for extra protection. I intended to cut a suitably sized hole in the centre of the table with a replaceable insert when the table gets chewed up a little. Once I start using it I establish where the drill bit contacts the table and perhaps cut the reces then.

I just need a place to store it now.



-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#1 posted 04-01-2016 07:20 PM

I can see this being quite useful. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 04-01-2016 10:23 PM

Looks like a good addition to the drill press and easy to setup precisely .
Just hang it from the ceiling .

-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 04-01-2016 10:50 PM

well done!

-- Greg Simon

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#4 posted 04-02-2016 12:04 AM

Another nice jig.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 04-02-2016 01:25 AM

Doesn’t fit with your new emphasis on hand tool woodworking….lol. That is awesome just the same…well done Dubba!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#6 posted 04-02-2016 03:39 AM

Nice, well thought out jig.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 04-02-2016 05:11 AM

Awesome work.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 04-02-2016 07:38 PM

Many thanks gents, glad you liked it.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#9 posted 04-02-2016 11:35 PM

That is a winner David. Super nice addition to the drill press arsenal. I think the only thing that could add to it, would be an insert of some sort, to back up the drill bit/s as it exits the cut, for zero tear-out. A mighty fine build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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