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Project by Phil B. posted 01-17-2019 01:52 PM 1836 views 24 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Continuing my January Jigs, I just upgraded my old Craftex drill press…NO MORE CLAMPS…LOL. Clamping the small metal table always got in the way of the handles, so to get the height I wanted for mortising tall boards, I had to be sure the handles didn’t hit the back support.
The small fence from my bandsaw sled with clamping ability for small parts, also fits my drill press table. It allows me to hold small parts, or use the complete fence as a push bar against the stock against the back fence. The stop blocks can be moved to any track. The vertical track positions allow long stock to slide across the table, but prevents it from flipping up when extended. The back fence can handle an 8” vertical board.
The quick clamps underneath allow easy removal of the table when needed, as well as enough twist of the table to rotate the height handle. The sacrifice boards are in T slots to allow quick changes and multiple positions for clean wood underneath. I put a 1/4” brass pin centered on one board, allowing quick positioning and hole drilling for clock faces…..pic below in the comments.
I am working on a jig for the table that will allow me to easily drill shelf support holes without drawing lines….first test failed but the second worked well….pics to come later.
Thanks for looking :)

-- Phil, http://www.plansinwood.com DWG files at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TheBarleyHarvest?section_id=13930514&ref=shopsection_leftnav_3





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christherookie

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#1 posted 01-17-2019 02:39 PM

Very nice!

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#2 posted 01-17-2019 02:51 PM

great table looks to be very versatile.i love the sacraficial strip thats easy to replace when needed.cant wait to see the final additions.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 01-17-2019 04:05 PM

Makes me feel good only when I look at it….to actualy use it , I bet, is much greater experiance.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 01-17-2019 04:16 PM

Excellent!! Very well thought out design. I’ll definitely be adding this to my collection.

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Greg the Cajun Wood Artist

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#5 posted 01-17-2019 04:37 PM

Awesome design. You put a lot of thought into designing it..

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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Phil B.

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#6 posted 01-17-2019 07:11 PM

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Phil B.

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#7 posted 01-17-2019 07:13 PM

Makes easy work of clock faces for resin holes too, by sliding the sacrifice board to the next ring :)

-- Phil, http://www.plansinwood.com DWG files at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TheBarleyHarvest?section_id=13930514&ref=shopsection_leftnav_3

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#8 posted 01-17-2019 07:16 PM

I don’t have a project for this yet….but at least I know it will do angles…lol

-- Phil, http://www.plansinwood.com DWG files at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TheBarleyHarvest?section_id=13930514&ref=shopsection_leftnav_3

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#9 posted 01-18-2019 01:23 PM

very versatile design, I like it.

-- Smitty!!!

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#10 posted 01-18-2019 04:51 PM

Very well thought out, I just keep using my drill press and keep thinking I need a proper table, and then keep thinking I need to get at it, it hasn’t happened so I think I will favorite this one.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Phil B.

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#11 posted 01-18-2019 06:56 PM

Thanks guys…appreciate the feedback. I was using it this morning to drill holes through my new 4’ taper sled, and configured the stop blocks to hold the board when extended out each side….worked great, so I didn’t need my roller stands to support the weight.

-- Phil, http://www.plansinwood.com DWG files at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TheBarleyHarvest?section_id=13930514&ref=shopsection_leftnav_3

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#12 posted 01-20-2019 03:15 PM

Obviously, you put a lot of thought into this one before embarking on the build. Great job. I made a similar, considerably simpler, addition to my drill press a few years back. It has vastly improved what I can accomplish on the drill press and provides considerably more accuracy to boot. I may incorporate some of your additions, so thanks for posting.

I’m assuming that the feed lever clears the right-hand wing on the tall fence? The angle of the photo makes it look like it might interfere.

I’ll offer one small constructive suggestion. Please take it in the spirit in which it was intended. I notice in the photos that you’re wearing your wedding band in the shop. If this is common practice, might I suggest you make a small storage post near the door and place it there whenever you enter the shop. I say this as a person who’s missing a portion of that very finger and who has, therefore, developed a heightened awareness for shop safety.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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Phil B.

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#13 posted 01-20-2019 06:59 PM

Aaaaaahh C’mon Maaaan….now I have to make a storage base cause I love what you did…LOL :)

The handles only touch on a very rare occurrence….like using a very small short bit….I can hold or clamp the piece with the other flat fence from the bandsaw table and back up or remove the higher fence :)

Thanks for the compliments….and the suggestion. I have a much larger ring of my Grandfather’s on the right hand and yes, I have caught it many times but never in the shop. Point well taken though, and I should take them off working around the house and cottage as well….remembering to do it is my biggest problem !

-- Phil, http://www.plansinwood.com DWG files at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TheBarleyHarvest?section_id=13930514&ref=shopsection_leftnav_3

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#14 posted 01-20-2019 11:35 PM



Aaaaaahh C mon Maaaan….now I have to make a storage base cause I love what you did…LOL :)

The handles only touch on a very rare occurrence….like using a very small short bit….I can hold or clamp the piece with the other flat fence from the bandsaw table and back up or remove the higher fence :)

Thanks for the compliments….and the suggestion. I have a much larger ring of my Grandfather s on the right hand and yes, I have caught it many times but never in the shop. Point well taken though, and I should take them off working around the house and cottage as well….remembering to do it is my biggest problem !

- Phil B.

I only asked about the feed lever touching because when I raise my table up high, mine clips the raised knobs I use to tighten down the fence. This is a design flaw on my part. I should have moved the t-track further out, and it wouldn’t have been a problem. Thanks for taking the safety suggestion so well. I hesitate to preach to anyone else because it’s such an unattractive tone.

A fundamental rule in my shop is that no benchtop tool gets a base unless it contains storage. I just can’t afford to lost the floor space. In this case, it’s not a benchtop tool, but the rule still came into effect. One of the biggest bonuses is that all the drill bits and related paraphernalia (plug cutters, ...) are right by the drill press.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#15 posted 01-21-2019 11:29 PM

I have to ask. Where did you get the red t-tracks? I asked Woodpecker and they said they do not produce them in red. Rockler sell them in blue. Thanks, and great work.

-- Mitch, Prince George VA

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