Drill Press Table/Upgraded Dust Collection

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Project by Robsshop posted 12-27-2010 07:43 AM 16182 views 50 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is My take on the shop made DP table. It is constructed of stable materials(MDF,plywood and Masonite). The table can be removed in seconds via two hand screws that lock down to the original table assm. The other features include T-tracks w/hold downs,removable pads at point of drilling,adjustable fence and stop blocks with the outer one having an aluminum rail that is built into the fence and can be adjusted to 36+” in length. The table has made all My drilling ops very accurate and safer and allows me to quickly perform many different tasks on the DP. Well worth the effort in putting one of these together IMO ! Thanks for looking and HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

Updated: This is an update on my DP table, I recently designed/built a dust collection system that I installed to deal with the frustrations of managing the constant piles of wood dust/chips gathering around the DP. I use to just secure my DC flex hose at the point of drilling but found that it was always getting in the way and couldn’t catch all of the waste thrown on to the table itself. But now with this type of “dump station” I simply make my drilling operation and then pull the shavings and dust to the troth with the DC running and when done with the project completely I sweep any remains off the DP surface as well. Very little if any winds up on the floor ! To build the troth I basically designed it around an old shop vac floor sweep and used screen from an old Baby Gate to keep larger objects from falling in and then secured it to the DP table. Once again very pleased with its operation and hope it something that works out for anyone interested !.....ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#1 posted 12-27-2010 08:10 AM

Looking good! I like the center track – sort of an obvious feature but one that a lot of designs don’t include. I also really like your extendable stop. This gives me a few ideas to incorporate when I get around to refurbing my DP table.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#2 posted 12-27-2010 08:33 AM

Thanks for the comments L4E ! One nice thing about the center track it’s great for holding down small pieces and also is perfect for getting the center pads out,I just slip a screw driver in the slot and it pops right off .

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#3 posted 12-27-2010 09:36 AM

Nice, I really like the extendable stop block. I wish I had incorporated one in mine. I like the attachment idea as well much better than what I am currently using. I will have to see if I can adopt it.

-- RayCurtis

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#4 posted 12-27-2010 03:03 PM

Can I ask where you got your T-track and hold down bolts from? I’m want to build me a decent drill press table, but have had trouble getting T-track and accessories for a reasonable price with shipping. I can’t find it locally.
I have a cheap Harbor Freight made tabel that’s made out of junk MDF right now. It’s temporary though until I can find the parts to build what I really want.


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#5 posted 12-27-2010 03:17 PM

Talk about some serious “Bells & Whistles” on this bad boy. Ohhh so many ideas I want to incorporate in mine some day. Outstanding work!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 12-27-2010 06:09 PM

Nice table – I really like the extendable stop.

@William – I’m guessing (because of the color) that those are Kreg tracks and hold downs. I made one recently with accessories from Peachtree.

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#7 posted 12-27-2010 06:26 PM

Looks great. As soon as I finish the Christmas presents that I didn’t finish…...this is next on my list.

-- -Todd

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#8 posted 12-27-2010 11:20 PM

Very nice! This is on my list to do very soon!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#9 posted 12-28-2010 12:12 AM

Thanks for the posts and appreciate the feedback from all above !

@RayCurtis Thanks and yes the attachment design is fast and easy for removing and installing,hope it can be worked out for Your tables design.

@William I purchased My track at my local Woodcraft store (WWing supply store) similar to Peachtree, like what James pointed out above. Unfortunately It is not much cheaper than on the internet usually. With that said, if You look at my fence system You can create a T-track like system using dado cuts and material placement ?

@Maveric777 One thing I have learned from viewing Your projects is that when You get done with Your version of something there’s no bells and whistles, more like rockets and fireworks LOL ! Thanks and take care!

@Jamesvavra Thanks for looking and the leg up!

@tt1106 I hear Ya on the X-mas list ! Hope You find time to put one together, it’s worth it!

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#10 posted 12-28-2010 12:44 AM

Another excellent drill press table to snag an idea or two from, including the sliding stops, as well as the center hold down. Nice!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#11 posted 12-28-2010 07:57 PM

That’s a great looking DP table! Just got my first drill press yesterday, this gives me some ideas for the one I’m going to build.

-- David

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