Drill Press table

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Project by waxman posted 05-17-2010 04:33 PM 3574 views 20 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was in need of a better table for my old Delta model 220 drill press for a future project that required multiple accurate holes. I got the base of the plan from the book “ Old-School Woodshop Accessories” by Chris Gleason. It is a tribute to the Deltagram woodworking magazine published from 1932 to 1972. I modified the plan to fit my workspace, drill and the size of the piece of melamine I happened to have. I biscuit joined some edging around the perimeter and then routed slots for the Woodpecker t-tracks. The back fence was constructed from scrap oak and mounted to the t-tracks with a couple of hex bolts with adjustment knobs (photo 5). The assembly was clamped to the drill press table with some wood blocks screwed to the bottom of the new table with one block having a knob screwed into a t nut to clamp to the drill press (photo 3 & 4). The table is removed very easily once the knob is loosened. Drill baby drill…

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#1 posted 05-17-2010 04:47 PM

Nice job! I really like the attachment method for the table. Simple but effective : )

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#2 posted 05-17-2010 05:05 PM

Thanks for posting the details, along with the pictures of the underside. That’s a great method for holding it in place! I will definitely be taking at least one idea from this project once I begin construction on my drill press table.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#3 posted 05-17-2010 08:26 PM

Thanks for posting! Your pictures are worth several thousand words. Got it on my to-do list.

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#4 posted 05-17-2010 10:12 PM

Nice table. Seems to stick out farther than most I have seen. Any particular reason for this?

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#5 posted 05-17-2010 10:32 PM

The perspective of the first photo does make it look like it sticks out. I actually like the extra area for working with the different project pieces. Also the clamping scheme to the metal base is solid so no wiggle at all.

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#6 posted 05-17-2010 10:40 PM

Cool table. Any chance we can get a pic with a better shot of the DP220?

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#7 posted 05-17-2010 11:43 PM

That is one seriously deep drill press table! Great work…

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#8 posted 05-17-2010 11:49 PM

Really cool, thank you for the inspiration, I’m working on one now.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 05-18-2010 01:01 AM

Greetings Waxman,

Stellar job on the table. These are one of the most useful items you can have on a drill press. From the pixs it looks like the table is compatable with the drill. The way you designed it makes quick removal a breeze when you do need to remove it, if at all.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a 2 hour nap".....!!

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#10 posted 05-18-2010 01:26 AM

Nice job on the table : )
Is the drill press the same vintage as your pick-up truck ?

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#11 posted 05-18-2010 01:29 AM

Very functional and helps you be safe. I like the antique Chevy truck in the back ground to.

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#12 posted 05-18-2010 06:24 AM

very nice job. where did you get the woodpecker t-tracks, and the adjustment knobs?

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#13 posted 05-18-2010 06:37 AM

Well done a great table

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#14 posted 05-18-2010 08:28 AM

nice drill press table. I really need one like that!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#15 posted 05-18-2010 02:30 PM

Question on the vintage of the drill and the truck. I believe the drill was built around 1945. I inherited it from my father in law when he passed away last year. It is in almost new condition and runs like a champ. I added a photo of the drill without the table.

The truck (another hobby) in the second photo is a 1957 Chevy stepside w/ large rear window. Currently has a 327 with a 350 turbo automatic. Air conditioning provided by the wing windows. Great for hauling wood from the cash and carry.

Question on the t-tracks and knobs. I bought the tracks from Craftsman Supply Center in Tampa while I was visiting my daughter (awesome wood supply shop!). Bought the knobs from Rockler.

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