Drill Press Table

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Project by Owlcroft posted 05-16-2019 07:13 PM 1335 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided it was time to replace my old shop built table with a new one based on my experiences with the old one. I build Tables and Pellow stands for the ladies in my wife’s Bobbin lace group. Drilling holes in the long pieces was a problem so the new table had to be expandable. I also wanted dust collection and the ability to clamp small pieces when drilling. The solution was a combination of 2 table plans one Extendable Drill Press Table in Shop Notes and the other a Slatwall Table and Fence plan I copied to my PC years ago. That coupled with the Rockler fence, that included dust collection, provided all the features I needed.

My table is for a floor drill press; the one in Shop notes was for a desktop drill press. That and the work I do meant I had to make a larger table to meet my needs. I also wanted to incorporate the Rockler fence, with dust collection, I had purchased on clearance.

The basic table is 18 5/8” deep and 29 3/4”, expandable to 44”, wide. The table has four t-tracks. the outer two are for the fence, all four can be used to secure the piece to the table using hold down clamps. A 4” piece of hardboard in the center can be replaced if it get too damaged by the drill. One of the nice features is I can center the 44” expansion or have all of the expansion on one side or the other (see pictures above).

Construction is 3/4” plywood screwed together; no glue. That way if something gets damaged or the sides need repair I can easily take it apart. The rails are 1/2” square rods from Home Depot. The top is 1/4” hardboard attached with contact cement. The exception is the replaceable center section, it just slides in and out.

A fun project I am sure I will be happy with for years.

-- Owlcroft

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#1 posted 05-16-2019 10:53 PM

Really nice DP Table Owlcroft. I really wish your zoomed pictures were larger so I could see it better. When I zoom the pictures they get smaller. I need to take the time to build a DP Table sometime in the near future.
Nice work Mr Owl.

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 05-16-2019 11:03 PM


You did an outstanding job on the drill press table. It has several features that should work to handle the long pieces you mentioned. About 20+ years ago, I built a drill press table for my Delta floor model. It is just a box that mounts to the drill press table, and I put a divider in to have half of it for dust collection, and the front half has a drawer to hold all of the accessories (extra bits, spade bits, etc.). I cut a hole in the side to attach a 2 1/4” hose to my dust collector. Here’s a picture of my setup. Hope you don’t mind me showing you my version of the d.p. table.

-- " The secret to staying young looking.....hang around old people.." R.D.

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#3 posted 05-17-2019 02:33 PM

Nice! I did a DP table for my tabletop DP. It is much like Owlcroft’s with a drawer but does have a similar fence and tracks. I goofed in that I did not plan. Forgot to make the sacrificial, replaceable center spot and did not leave room for handles to adjust press height. Made a quick ugly fix. But, the drawer did have my first box joints.

I’ll remake mine using design components of yours but might keep the drawer. It is handy for accessories in my small shop.

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

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#4 posted 05-17-2019 02:42 PM

Owlcroft, that’s a great drill press table.
Thanks for posting and thanks for the inspiration. I really would like to build something simular for my own drill-press, just have to get through some other projects first…

-- It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin

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#5 posted 05-17-2019 03:11 PM

Nice work. I need to make one just like it. I will put it on the list.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#6 posted 05-17-2019 09:36 PM

Several DP tables above have drawers. My old DP table had a couple drawers as well. I specifically did not want drawers under the top because the extra height limited the distance for drilling large upright pieces. It only happened in a couple instances, but it was a problem. In addition the drawers under the top provided no where near enough storage for all my drill accessories. My solution is the DP cabinet below from ShopSmith. It provides the storage I need and it easily rolls out of the way should I need to lower the table to it’s limits.

Project to be posted in the not too distant future…...

-- Owlcroft

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#7 posted 05-18-2019 11:50 PM

Owlcroft , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 05-27-2019 02:33 AM

I guess we all have a version of this.

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