Drill Press Table

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Project by Will Stokes posted 04-10-2010 06:11 AM 4688 views 17 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m not sure why it took me so long to build one of these, it’s great. I basically made it very smilar to Dodeka's drill press table . The base is two sheets of 3/4” ply, trimmed out on 3 sides with cherry and black walnut plugs. I used some red T-track I found at Hartville tool that was quite affordable. The bottom is clamped to the factory table using four knobs that screw into wing nuts embedded into two rails screwed into the bottom of the table. This allows me to losen up the table and pull it out in order to raise and lower the factory table. Long run I’m going to look in a way to modify the factory handle to avoid having to pull the table forward and back like this all the time since the fence can get in the way of the chuck and requires removal from behind the spindle in some circumstances. I used cherry for the entire fence, squaring it up after it was glued up by running it past my table saw blade with the front face down against the table which worked beautifully. Anyways, I hope this helps anyone that needs yet another drill press table example before they build their own. It’s totally worth it!

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#1 posted 04-10-2010 06:33 AM

That’s a great table, and thanks for the link!

-- Dale, Oregon

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#2 posted 04-10-2010 07:11 AM

Nice table…....something I’m in dire need of…....thanks for another good idea

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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jim C

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#3 posted 04-10-2010 02:15 PM

Think about attaching a portable hand drill to the shank where the crank is. Now you have a motorized table lift.
Just a thought.

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#4 posted 04-10-2010 10:50 PM

Good job. all it needs it’s a removable center section before you start using it.

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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Will Stokes

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#5 posted 04-11-2010 12:27 AM

@routerisstillmyname: I’m planning on adding an insert, but only once i actually drill into the top by accident one day. I’m trying to avoid that. I prefer when drill through holes in hard woods to put some form of hard wood below to really backup the material to avoid splintering. So I’m optimistic I won’t need an insert for a while. We’ll see. Once I do develop the need I’ll rout out a square and make a bunch of inserts I can drop in.

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#6 posted 04-11-2010 03:23 AM

I need one myself. That one looks very nice.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#7 posted 04-11-2010 05:17 AM

very nice, looks like a lot of thought went into this table… nice build…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#8 posted 11-07-2010 03:03 AM

consider putting a socket with a ratchet that you can just leave on there to raise the table up n down. Nice job

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

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#9 posted 12-29-2012 05:22 PM

the best thing ive seen to solve the crank problem is to put a riser between the metal and wood tables to give you clearance to turn the crank, this makes a handy spot to put a drawer

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