Another drill press table

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Project by FreddyS posted 12-30-2010 02:29 AM 5553 views 29 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another add-on for my tiny shop, this time a table for my bench drill press.

Table is 1/2” melamine board + 1/2” plywood, 30×60 cm, with Quinilla hardwood borders and a pair of t-tracks, also with replaceable round sacrificial insert, offset a little and with enough space for a 1/2” hole, fence stops are oak.

The fence is 3/4” plywood layer sandwich 1 3/4” x 2” with t-track embedded, each layer cut to proper size to avoid extra ruter table work

I made the base so the table is above the crank handle but didn’t want to build a drawer so is just a little box with enough space for little things, like drill bit sets :)

-- Learning one thing at a time

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#1 posted 12-30-2010 03:24 AM

Good job.

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 12-30-2010 04:17 AM

Very sharp looking DP table, has some very useful features ! Thanks for posting.

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

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#3 posted 12-30-2010 04:49 AM

That is very nice. I am a beginner so I hope you don’t mind me asking-how did you make that perfect circle? With the drill press?



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#4 posted 12-30-2010 05:37 AM

Thanks for the comments!

Gnagen: yes, with the drill pres and a circle cutter I got from rockler, for the hole on the table and, after a few failed tests, to cut the insert with a slight loose fit to be able to turn it around just a bit for new drillings.

The round insert should give more fresh area than a square insert.

-- Learning one thing at a time

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#5 posted 12-30-2010 06:00 AM

very nice table. i think i could eat off o that. very nice. lotsa good features also. very versatile

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 12-30-2010 06:07 AM

Thanks. I would like to get a circle cutter. I looked at one made by General and sold by Rockler. Is it scary to use? I assume slow the speed down.

Very nice drill press table. I could eat off it.


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#7 posted 12-30-2010 09:16 AM

Hi again Gnagen: that’s the one I got(the small one), and yes, after reading the warning about running it at 500 rpm max. and my drill press going down to only 650rpm I was scared, so I clamped a scrap of plywood between me and the circle cutter just in case something went wrong

In the end, without forcing the cutter(slow feed) everything went smooth

Just be sure the hex screws holding the arm and the cutting blade are tight before doing a cut, that’s where things could go wrong most probably.

a tip: the cutting blade comes with a red rubber cap to protect the edge, put it on the other extreme of the blade when doing a cut so you kind of “see” where the blade is to remember to keep your fingers or everything else out of the way ;)

-- Learning one thing at a time

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#8 posted 12-30-2010 04:15 PM

Thanks for the info.

Keep more projects rolling out.


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#9 posted 12-30-2010 04:23 PM

Really nice table for your drill press, have fun.
Best thoughts and happy newyear,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#10 posted 12-30-2010 06:56 PM

Thanks mafe, just learning from the pros here!

Happy new year to you too, and keep posting inspiring things ;)

-- Learning one thing at a time

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#11 posted 12-30-2010 10:55 PM

Very well done! I like the circle replacement peice.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 01-24-2011 08:02 PM

Nice , clean , well made table : )

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#13 posted 04-19-2011 02:00 AM

very nice, thanks for the ideas.

-- All the tools in the world wont make you a good mechanic or craftsman... however it helps!

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#14 posted 05-09-2011 09:15 PM

Thanks for the safety tip about the red cap. I used a circle cutter (General brand) for the first time last weekend and it scared me pretty badly to see the blur of the arm swinging around.

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