My First Project -8 '' Drill Press Table

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Project by wookie posted 01-15-2010 09:42 PM 2917 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Guys,

Made this for my drill press on my days off. It is 1/2” plywood with 1/4” birch on top and bottom. It is 10” x 18” with a removeable hardwood insert. Cut some dados, my first ones, with my 8” Oshlun stack.Then cut slots for the fence. It is a nice stack and cuts great, purchased on Amazon. It took me a while, I tried to take my time and made good and accurate setups. Got the idea from a number of sources and used ideas from all. Good source for a small table is at Thanks guys and as usual you all are a great help and inspiration.

-- Wookie=Wood Rookie

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#1 posted 01-15-2010 10:05 PM

Nice work! The table looks stable and functional. It always pays to take your time.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 01-15-2010 10:20 PM

Cool, any issues with the wood tracks.

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

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#3 posted 01-15-2010 10:50 PM

Good enough : )

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#4 posted 01-15-2010 11:11 PM

Nice job. I’m going to suggest that you may want to replace the wooden t-tracks with aluminum. Otherwise, you will need to be careful not to put too much pressure on the t-track. FYI – I glue and screw my aluminum t-tracks into place. Those little screws, set into plywood or MDF, just don’t have enough holding power by themselves. The glue helps a lot.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 01-15-2010 11:12 PM

Yep, that looks like a nice one. Well built and should be accurate.
Thx for posting.

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#6 posted 01-16-2010 01:05 AM

Greetings: Yep——- that’ll do….. Every drill press has got to have a table, no matter what size it is(drill, or table).

I agree with richgreer: You really need to think about putting in alumniun tracks, though.

The wooden ones will begin to stick on you after a while, and won’t slide very easy, even if you slick’em.

Wood changes its habbits after a while, and this will happen with humidity changes….. cold to hot to cold…

It’s what happens when you use a hardwood runner in the miter slots….. swells up and sticks…. you get it!

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

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#7 posted 01-16-2010 10:10 AM

Thanks for the comments guys. I will definitly consider alum. tracks. I really just wanted to keep the cost down for now. I only paid $30 bucks for the drill press @ HF. I thought it would be a good investment since I can’t drill a straight hole with a hand-held to save my soul! Did not want to sink much more than that for the table. By the way, Rich, what kind of glue did you use on your tracks? Also, your drill press table looks real nice.

-- Wookie=Wood Rookie

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