Drill press table

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Project by Jeff posted 06-06-2010 12:12 AM 11238 views 32 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My version of a useful accessory for your DP. Just a couple pieces of plywood glued together, with some T-track set into it. There is a sacrificial 4” x 4” square of plywood in the middle to make tearout a thing of the past.

I’ve found it very handy and I don’t know why more manufacturers don’t consider woodworkers’ needs when building the machines in the first place.

-- Jeff

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#1 posted 06-06-2010 12:23 AM

Awesome accessories : )

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#2 posted 06-06-2010 12:27 AM

Boy Jeff you stay busy a great drill press table


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#3 posted 06-06-2010 01:07 AM

Excellent job and design Jeff! That 4X4 waste peace is a really nice touch, I have it on my DP table. Usually cut up several to have on hand when I’m cutting and have the TS set just right.

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#4 posted 06-06-2010 04:54 AM

Jeff, nice design, looks like I need one form my DP too. This may be obvious (I’m pretty new at the woodworking stuff), how or is the table secured to the OEM DP table?


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#5 posted 06-06-2010 10:22 AM

Nice looking table, if I may suggest, you should round & put a chamfer a little the corners, I did the same and one day reached for a dropped bit. On the way up the “encounter” between the table and my scull was bloody.


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#6 posted 06-06-2010 02:16 PM

Very nice addition to your drill press. Great job!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 06-06-2010 05:16 PM

Good point Pierre, I have thought about that but just haven’t gone and done it. It could save me some stitches.

Dale: before I laminated the two pieces of plywood together, I drilled through the bottom piece and counterbored a little ways into the upper layer. Then I inserted T-nuts (these are permanently hidden once the plywood pieces have been glued together). Placed on top of the OEM table, you can buy typical jig knobs that house a bolt, or bolt and washer etc.. to pull the top down tight.

-- Jeff

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#8 posted 06-06-2010 07:12 PM

Hello Jeff

A very good version of drill press Very good job
I think I will do one like this if you are Ok

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#9 posted 06-07-2010 02:22 PM

nice looking table, I just got a drill press, and probably need to make one of these bad boys!

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#10 posted 06-08-2010 08:13 PM

Jeff, thanks for the details. Sounds like that will work great for my Delta 17” DP too.

-- Smitty

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#11 posted 06-08-2010 08:23 PM


This is a great DP table and should be very useful to you. Pierre has a good point about rounding all the edges which will also help to eliminate edge splintering of the plywood.

Thanks for sharing!

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#12 posted 06-10-2010 03:28 PM

An apology in advance for this possibly dumb question: It looks like you do more with your DP than just drill holes in things. Do you also use it for milling, sanding, etc? If so what kind of things do you do with it? Just curious.

-- "Life's nonsense pierces us with strange relation." Wallace Stevens

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#13 posted 06-10-2010 11:45 PM

Not a dumb question at all. I do primarily use it for drilling though. I have a spindle sander attachment set that I’ve used in the past but have since purchased a dedicated spindle sander. I imagine your comment is due to the type of hold down that is shown in the photo? It’s meant to be a quick way for me to secure a piece against the fence. To be honest I haven’t used it as much as I thought I would (most of the time I just hold it in place with my left hand.

-- Jeff

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#14 posted 06-24-2010 09:43 PM

This is a nice looking table! I’m looking to build something similar soon, and I might imitate yours if that’s okay (you know what they say about the sincerest form of flattery).

But I have one question. I can’t figure out why you added the two short sections of t-track to mount the fence on. Couldn’t you just attach the fence to the two long sections of track you installed for your holddowns? I’m guessing you had a good reason, I’m just not smart enough to figure it out for myself.

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#15 posted 06-25-2010 12:06 AM

Smalltimer: That is a good question. If I was to guess, I would say that whatever design I imitated used larger handles to lock down the fence and if you moved them closer (to the full length track) they might get in the way of the DP wheel. However, I ended up using some fairly small knobs. You could definitely do it the way you are thinking and save yourself some time and T-track.

-- Jeff

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