Bridge Drillpress Table

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 07-07-2018 04:26 PM 1900 views 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have this drill press that they were throwing away at the high school because some students took it apart and lost a bunch of the parts. I bought or made parts and assembled it and put it in the barn on top of my generator because there was no other place to put it. Well, when I run the generator like I do every year to test it, I have to remove the drill press and It is getting way too heavy for me any more, so I made this table that goes over the generator and can be rolled out of the way with the drill press on it..hence, no lifting…and it is in the same place.

The table was made from 5/8 maple plywood that I get for free. It does not have any fancy joints..some dowels and pocket screws and glue. The casters are screwed into T nuts at the base of the legs. There are T nuts in the top for securing the drill press, too.

I painted it with some 20 yr. old Rustoleum oil based paint that I used on my other lathe in the barn in 1998.

Now I can move the drill press around or even outside, without the generator ,if I have a lot of drilling to do.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 07-07-2018 04:34 PM

Nice roll-away Jim, sure beats the heck outta lifting BUT tell me, what do you do with that green one lunger ?

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 07-07-2018 04:34 PM

The things I like about this project!

#1 Handy

#2 Free

#3 Fits your needs

#4 Using and SAVING from the landfill on multiple levels!

#5 Makes it a GREAT project!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 07-07-2018 04:41 PM

Great saving! Nice work on wheel stool.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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John Stegall

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#4 posted 07-07-2018 04:47 PM

I really like this project, even made almost identical legs Wednesday to go under my washer and dryer. I turned the open part to the inside but I really like yours. Also I have to search your projects to see if you posted about the shelves in the background above the boat

-- jstegall

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#5 posted 07-07-2018 06:07 PM

Nice Design and Build… What a difference an apron can make!

Very COOL!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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Mark Wilson

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#6 posted 07-07-2018 06:08 PM

Just like a city planner: When you can’t go out, you go up.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 07-07-2018 08:00 PM

nice saving space,mate

-- bambi

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#8 posted 07-07-2018 08:26 PM

Nice work Jim,

I see somebody else has spotted the M 500 too!

You must be a very active person, boating parachuting small engines and great woodworker too!
No doubt there is possibly a SCUBA tank hidden away there also.

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 07-07-2018 10:20 PM

Nice! I like the “T” legs. Neat way to add strength without mass.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 07-07-2018 10:55 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. This was a necessity project.

Hi Dick …that green one lung engine is a McCormick Deering model M 500 rpm stationary engine. I just wanted to restore it and I was going to take it to shows, but it is 800# and I don’t have a nice small trailer to haul it. I had it running today but I think I still have fuel pump problems. I have this big aluminum piece ready to make into a pulley and mount in on there with a battery and an alternator, but I need it to be more reliable before I go further with those parts.

Hi John, that was the best way I found to make the legs strong without making a box leg w/ 4 pieces. I don’t know if I posted those shelves as a project. They were made a long time ago… right after I had the barn built and they hold a lot of weight. I can take a close up of the brackets if you would like it.

Hi Rob, I have snokel gear but never scuba dived. My ears give me a pain around 15 feet so I stay above that.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 07-07-2018 11:13 PM

Good thinking Jim!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 07-07-2018 11:15 PM

Thanks, Lee


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 07-07-2018 11:42 PM

Jim, This is smart – and the leg framing looks like it does the job for the heavy drill press. I can’t imagine the beating that poor press took while running the generator! You ever try drilling anything during that time? – LOL. Great idea and I also like your green one lunger :)

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#14 posted 07-08-2018 02:53 AM

Nice work on the drill press, just like me, find fix and use. Best way to go. That is one reason I have not been posting, now I have two atv’s, sometimes things are just too good to pass up. also just completing and elevator as Jo is too bad now to go up the stairs.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#15 posted 07-08-2018 03:38 AM

Great idea Jim. That paint may be older than the drill pres LOL..

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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