Drill Press Table for Ridgid DP1550

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Project by pintodeluxe posted 09-12-2010 09:52 PM 14673 views 52 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a custom drill press table I made, which was inspired by one that appeared in Woodsmith magazine. My table features a small accessory drawer. Behind the drawer is a sealed dust collection chamber. The dust collector attaches in the rear through a Rockler “Tool Gate” blast gate. It has a removable insert to prevent tearout in the back of your workpiece. Stop blocks on the fence help with repeated drilling.
I cut a relief in the back of the fence for clearance. This way I can still drill about 7” from the edge of a workpiece with my Ridgid 15” drill press.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#1 posted 09-12-2010 10:07 PM

That’s a nice one. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#2 posted 09-12-2010 10:10 PM

Great looking table. I have the same drill press and have started to build my own table. How did you attach the table to the OEM table?

-- EDS

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#3 posted 09-12-2010 10:59 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

Nicely done, this is one thing I have not gotten around to doing yet.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#4 posted 09-12-2010 11:26 PM

Welcome to LJ.
Thanks for sharing.

I like the addition of the draw to the table. Great place to keep drill bits and and and.

-- Bruce, Arnold MD [email protected]

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#5 posted 09-13-2010 12:33 AM

This is a great table, I really need to stop playing and build something like this for mine. Good work!

-- Dale, Oregon

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#6 posted 09-13-2010 01:37 AM

Good looking drill table. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 09-13-2010 01:58 AM

Really nice drill table.
Welcome you,

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

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#8 posted 09-13-2010 08:06 AM

The drill press table is mounted through (4) 5/16” carriage bolts and star knobs underneath the table. Oversized fender washers between the bottom of the factory table and the star knobs make for a secure connection.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 09-13-2010 07:17 PM

Welcome to you

A good project

Nicely done

Good work

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#10 posted 09-16-2010 02:09 AM

You put a lot more finesse into your table than I did in mine.

Now I see that I’ll have to start on modifications on mine…. dust collection for starters. The removable insert… no more coffee breaks for me… and the white top.

You set a very high standard.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#11 posted 09-20-2010 07:48 AM

great looking drill press table…

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

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#12 posted 11-13-2010 04:00 PM

Not sure how I missed this before?

Great table… nicely designed and executed. I’ve got the same drill press, so this is a good visual reference for when I construct a table for mine.

I never really gave much thought to building dust collection built into the drill press itself and was thinking about how to have something hovering over it. From what I can tell, there is space around the corners of your insert, correct? Does this do a good job all around, including when using forstner bits that tend to throw larger shavings/chips?

If you’re drilling something on the smaller side, I’m assuming you either swap out the insert, or just use a backer board?

Now you’ve gotten me to thinking, as I never saw the article you’re referring to in Woodsmith magazine (as I’m not a subscriber).

-- 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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#13 posted 11-13-2010 07:24 PM

Jonathan –
Yes the dust collection works well. I knock off the four corners of the sacrificial inserts, and holes below pull the chips away. Of course drill presses don’t create a lot of fine dust, but excess chips can affect the accuracy of your work. If you are drilling through holes, it removes a lot of the chips that way, but if you are drilling stopped holes on a large board you will have to sweep the chips into the vacuum occasionally with your hand.
The inserts are just 3/4” mdf. If you need a really clean hole just put in a new insert (or re-use one with a smaller hole in it). As long as the insert can back up the cut, it will give you a clean hole.
The real advantage of the dust collection is that you can use sanding drums lowered partially into the table. Either drill a hole in the insert sized 1/4” larger than the sanding drum, or just pull the insert out. That way the fine dust is pulled away quickly, without interfering with the sanding operation.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#14 posted 12-12-2010 05:08 AM

How well does the handle clear the table when you raise and lower it?


-- All lessons are repeated until learned

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#15 posted 12-12-2010 07:14 AM

The drawer needs to be about 5” tall to accept the Rockler “tool port”. Since the lower box is not as deep as the table top, there is plenty of room to turn the height adjustment handle. If you simply bolted a table directly to the drill press, the handle would hit the table. Since the auxillary table needs to be higher anyways, it made sense to incorporate a drawer and dust collection chamber.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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