Drill Press Cabinet

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Project by HappyHowie posted 10-19-2017 04:34 AM 3327 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had this project on my to-do list for several years. This summer I finally began working on this shop project. In my 3-car garage woodshop I am attempting to get everything on mobile bases. I am nearly there. Another goal has been to get tools stored near the workspace where they will be used. This wish has now been fulfilled with this drill press cabinet.

I based this build on a Woodsmith plan which they named Drill Press Upgrade. I decided to keep the large mobile base that I built for my Grizzly Floor Drill Press many years ago. Thus, I did not need to construct the Woodsmith base. The cabinet I made would be an upsized dimension of the remaining plan they published.

I had all of the lumber materials I needed already in my shop from leftover projects. The only things I needed to purchase were the metal drawer slides, four 3 inch polyurethane wheels, and eight drawer handles. So yeah, it sounded like the perfect time to build this shop project.

I am already enjoying that my tools and drill bits, etc are close at hand to my drill press.

I am still undecided if I want a shop made fence for this drill press. I have been successful with simply clamping a base and straight pieces of hardwood to act as my fence. I’ll see what happens from here.

To read further on my build see my blog entries.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 10-19-2017 07:09 AM

Well happy it looks fine to me.

Now as for a shop fence, I bought one some years ago and never used it.
I do the same as you simply clamp a base and straight pieces of hardwood as a fence.

It will be interesting to see what other LJs say.

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 10-19-2017 09:29 AM

Very big and very well organized. From my own experiance – very useful and practical.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 10-19-2017 12:28 PM

This is another space I consider DEAD-SPACE.. Under a drill press. Great idea. I want to make one with wheels

-- β€œIn a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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#4 posted 10-19-2017 02:02 PM

Looks too big…......Do you lean over this cabinet to use the drill press or move it out of the way every time?
I guess it’s on wheels so moving it isn’t that big of a deal.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 10-19-2017 05:03 PM

Plenty of storage in there. Is the cabinet on the drill press mobile base so the whole thing moves together?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 10-19-2017 06:42 PM

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#7 posted 10-19-2017 08:03 PM

Like any project made by someone else, there are always modifications that you would make if you made one for yourself. I think that is inherent to us that make shop made fixtures, storage, supports, etc. and I would not take personal any inputs from others.

I put my drill press in a corner and would probably make it form fit with a backboard that keeps shavings out front where I can get to them to clean them up. I would also move it closer to the front of the pedestal base so I have some toe room when I am using it. I would also make the drawers to either side of the center post longer to use up that space in the rear and short drawers in the middle to keep them from hitting the post.

Great idea and fertile ground for us to kick off similar project of our own. Thanks for sharing

-- Mark in Winston, OR

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#8 posted 10-19-2017 08:07 PM

Oh, I forgot something. I would keep the pedestal firmly on the ground and put wheels on the cabinet to move it out of the way for cleaning. That would also enable me to lower the drill press platform below the height of the top of the cabinet.

-- Mark in Winston, OR

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#9 posted 10-19-2017 10:04 PM

This drill press cabinet is large. I knew it would be when I decided to keep my original installed mobile base. I bought that base at the same time I bought this Grizzly floor drill press. I followed Grizzly’s instructions to keep the base large since I was mounting this drill press on the Fox mobile base. I made the base to Grizzly’s exact dimensions.

Since I bought this tool during my first days of creating a woodshop, I have not known anything different in this tool’s use. I do not believe I have had to lean over the tool to use it. I may have rested my foot on the base now and then. I will not be able to do that with the cabinet under the drill’s table, but as stated I can move the cabinet away from the tool as shown in a photo I added above.

Yes, I decided to add three more photos of this project in order to help others understand how the mobile cabinet is separate from the drill press’ mobile base. Also in some of those photos it shows how large the base I had installed the drill press on. I have had this drill press on this mobile base from the very day I put the press into service.

With this cabinet moved under the press, I have only added 3/4 inches in the front of the press’ mobile base. Thus, I have not sacrificed much distance from where I stand and reach to fasten bits and to crank the wheel handles to lower the press.

I heard or read that most owners of these floor drill presses bolt them to their shop floor. I did not do that in my garage shop cause I wanted to keep every shop tool mobile. I hope these explanations help…

-- --- Happy Howie

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#10 posted 10-20-2017 01:40 AM

Looks good, always nice to have things for the drill press close to it. As for the fence I thought about it a few times but do what many here do, clamps and a piece of wood.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#11 posted 10-20-2017 05:49 PM

Nice work. I made one of these a few years ago. They work great. I’ve got all my drill bits stored in the drawers below. I’ve only had to move it once so I could drill something taller. I’ve never had an issue with the cabinet stick out too far to easily access the drill press.

My drill press is squished between my oscillating spindle sander and my 6×48 belt sander. I’d forgotten about the compartments on the sides at the back. I had go out and see if I they had must any (missing) items in them, but they were empty.

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#12 posted 10-20-2017 08:47 PM

Thank you Ken making me laugh: for admitting that your cubby’s were empty. I can relate. I still catch myself looking for things where I use to keep them. I will be getting better at that, soon I hope.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#13 posted 10-22-2017 12:22 PM

Love it. My shop is only a 1 car garage so I need every inch I can get. I’ll be adding this to my list of things to make!

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