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Project by SgtRich posted 10-22-2019 02:00 PM 704 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What do you do when you land a “new” Jet JDP-17MF Drill Press on the FB Marketplace? Well, first you give your buddy the 1950’s Delta/Milwaukee benchtop drill press you had.
THEN….then you build a cabinet and table.

Except….the chuck was lower than my previous setup. I’m 6” tall. I’d rather not bend down to use my drill press. So, I built a Riser (third pic), a simple 3.75” Riser which put the Drill Press at a more agreeable height.

Okay, now I built the Cabinet and Table.
My goal was to build everything with existing materials in my shop.
I decided to keep the Cabinet simple with no fancy wrap around the DP Pole top or back shelves. I love the look, but I also know me….and me would never bend over to access little cubby holes in the back. Handles….my wife says “I would just buy handles at the depots”. But no, I didn’t want to spend any (more) money. So the handles came from a piece of Qtr Sawn Cherry sitting in my shop for a few years. Drawer slides came from an older job. All that’s left is to add casters. Those I have from a Jet Bandsaw that I recently landed.

The top. I kept the black 1” melamine that was the old table, but cut down to a “reasonable” size. Cherry wrap again from some scrap on the floor. You know, you never know how pretty it is til you put it through the planer. Anyway, Oak fence from White Oak Stair treads, T-Tracks left over from something else. I secured the top to the Drill Press bed by making Oak “spacers” and then screwed into the Top using 2” screws for Particle Board application. Again, had all that stuff on hand.

All in all, I love it. Super simple, super useful. Drill Press purchased on Friday, Cabinet built on Saturday, Table on Monday. Time to get back to make’n stuff.

-- Every day is another opportunity to create something great. [email protected]





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Ivan

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#1 posted 10-22-2019 02:01 PM

Very nice….and very useful….from my own experience!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 10-22-2019 02:53 PM

Nice job SgtR’...

How did you get away with the handle? I’ve got a Nova DP and specifically fitted a Jet winder handle due to it’s profile, yet I still had to do some minor surgery on the tabletop to keep my knuckles on the back of my hand,

and blood off the white melamine.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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SgtRich

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#3 posted 10-22-2019 03:00 PM

LittleBlackDuck, thanks for looking and commenting.
I don’t know how I escaped this one (Regarding handle/table top). The Table is set on the Drill Press top with the Cherry Edge bumped up to the back. Checking, this gave me plenty of clearance without bloody knuckles (Been there before).

-- Every day is another opportunity to create something great. [email protected]

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moke

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#4 posted 10-22-2019 04:47 PM

Really nice Sgt!....I have been coveting the new Nova drill press but have not done it yet….one hold up is the chuck height compared to what I am used to….I thought about raising it off the floor like you did , but I am afraid it will get tippy. Drill presses look top heavy to begin with, is it solid now that you have done that and did you weight it?

-- Mike

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SgtRich

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#5 posted 10-22-2019 05:34 PM

Mike,
Thanks for looking and commenting.
If you are referring to the Nova DVR Drill Press, I too would absolutely love to have one. However, the price is entirely way more than I want to spend. I landed the Jet JDP-17MF for $350. It was bought new and rarely (if at all) used.
I found no issues with stability on the Riser. Worth noting, the Riser is 2×4 box with a center 2×4 for added strength. I ripped the rounded corners off and screwed on a 3/4” Plywood top. It’s as stable on the Riser as it is on the floor.

-- Every day is another opportunity to create something great. [email protected]

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docspencer

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#6 posted 10-22-2019 09:23 PM

Great job. I’ve been wanting to build a table for my Wen. Hopefully this will inspire me.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#7 posted 10-22-2019 09:24 PM



..... referring to the Nova DVR Drill Press, I too would absolutely love to have one. However, the price is entirely way more than I want to spend. I landed the Jet JDP-17MF for $350. It was bought new and rarely (if at all) used…..
- SgtRich

Good purchase at that price. Yep, the Nova is a small king’s ransom, however, I’m no king and I justified my purchase by browsing through the missus’s wardrobe and jewelry box(ES)... and getting a paper round for the kids.. even though they have left home and no one reads newspapers in downtown Churchill.
Having said that, I couldn’t live without it now and I feel it has more than paid for itself… I charge it $2.50 per night for workshop lodgings.
The Nova comes with a beefy (and don’t confuse steer with steel) stable stand, notwithstanding, it is mounted on a very heavy duty mobile base with a 45mm thick MDF platform (which weighs a ton),

... don’t ask me where I got the MDF… DON’T!

my only disappointments is with the display screen is way above my 4’ 15.5” stature.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Mike_in_STL

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#8 posted 10-22-2019 09:53 PM

LBD, you’re tempting me too much with the MDF!!! Nice job on the table and cabinet too. I’ve got a Bora base under my table saw with 52’ extension table and it’s a great base. I really like how all wheels turn 360 degrees and make for easy navigation.

-- Sawdust makes me whole --Mike in STL

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