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Project by davetruman posted 03-07-2020 08:28 PM 900 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I purchased a drill press and wanted to make a new table for it. I had a Lee Valley drill press table & fence system but the tracks they use for the table are not compatible with any other hold down clamps or stops I have. The fence was still good, it’s perfectly square, extends, has stops and a vacuum attachment.

So, I double stacked ½” MDF and added some Formica I had laying around. When it came to the T-Tracks, I found a 36” T-Track kit with an intersection by Clear Style on Amazon for a fraction of the cost that were identical to the other blue ones I have in the shop. Instead of using wood screws and take a chance of the tracks pulling up under pressure, I counter bored the holes and installed t-nuts. This allowed me to use 8-32 machine screws to hold down the tracks. A plus to having standard size t-tracks is that I now can use the taller fence knobs! That makes adjusting the fence position a lot easier. I also incorporated a circular spoiler plate I saw from a Ron Glass YouTube video. Instead of cutting a 6” round pocket I used 5 ½” to give me a little more meat between the pocket and the t-track. I cut the pocket ½” deep on the CNC and multiple ½” thick donuts out of scrap material. Now I can rotate and or flip the donut around to a fresh spot and not get any blow out when drilling through holes.

Then I aligned the table and marked 4 mounting holes on the bottom. I drilled and installed 4 threaded inserts and used 5 star threaded knobs to hold it down to the drill press. At this point I realized my mistake. I made my table the maximum size to fully utilize the 8” depth from the drill head to the column post. Well, that prevented the hand crank from being able to rotate and I couldn’t raise and lower the table. So, I made a 5-star keyed knob to replace the hand crank and it all works fine now!

Overall, I am happy to have this addition to my shop and how it turned out. It’s has been working great and provides me with better options to hold down material and create stops.

-- Dave





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recycle1943

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#1 posted 03-07-2020 08:41 PM

nice build and thanks for the Amazon tip

-- 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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davetruman

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#2 posted 03-08-2020 12:14 AM

Thanks and I’m glad the Amazon tip was useful.

-- Dave

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tyvekboy

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#3 posted 03-08-2020 02:23 AM

Ditto on Amazon tip. Nice DP table.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 03-08-2020 06:41 AM

Very nice drill press table. You should get many years of good use from it….I too like the Amazon tip…..!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#5 posted 03-10-2020 05:41 AM

+5 on the Amazon tip! Very nice table.

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davetruman

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#6 posted 03-10-2020 03:12 PM

Thanks everryone on your comments and glad I could help on the Amazon tip!

-- Dave

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