Mobile Drill Press Stand From Old Filing Cabinet

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Project by TimBridge posted 01-31-2021 06:15 AM 927 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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During my shop renovation, I decided I wanted to get every machine possible on a mobile cart or stand.

This is my solution for my Drill Press. I “up-cycled” an old filing cabinet by popping the drill press on top and bolting it down.

My neighbor graciously gave me this drill press, gratis. They were going to throw it out because it was broken but offered too give it to me! I took it into the shop and found that it was simply a cracked upper rack collar. A bit of JB Weld, a clamp, and 20 minutes later, I had a working drill press.

The drill press was still in a sorry state, though, so I went at it with wd-40, lots of wet/dry sandpaper, wire brushes, and elbow grease. A few days later, I had a “good enough for the girls I go out with” drill press.

AND, today, my buddy dropped by and devised a way to get rid of the clamp holding the collar in place—he simply threaded a hose clamp between the column and the rack, tightened it up, and boom, the clamp could be removed without the collar falling out of place. Thanks, Mike!

I still need to build or buy a wedge to pop off the chuck and give it a good cleaning but it has only a 2 thou runout that I could measure with my $40 dial indicator :D

As for the stand itself—I simply placed the filing cabinet on one of those $11 furniture dolly’s from Harbor Freight. It works well enough but it’s a bit tippy and the 3” casters are a hard plastic kind of material that doesn’t really roll well in my shop.

One day, I plan to at least put better casters on it and perhaps even rebuild the entire mobile base to be a bit wider. I might even splurge on one of those Bora Portamates (I just took delivery of one of these for my band saw which is next in line for the “rebuild/refresh” project. So, depending on how that works, I might get one for my drill press and one for my jointer!

The top two drawers are for drill press accessories and rarely used/large bits. I originally kept ALL my drill bits in these drawers, keeping them mostly in the plastic cases they come in when you buy then, but I’ve since build a drill bit organizer that hangs on the french cleat wall (Post about that will come eventually!).

Not having to dig through the drawer, find the bit, extract it from its plastic case, and then put everything back into the drawer really decreases the “lazy-ness” factor when it comes to taking something to the drill press.

The bottom shelf actually has ‘files’ in it (who would have thought?!). Plans, drawings, old woodworking magazines, and tool/machine catalogs.

-- Tim Bridge, Northern NJ, “All my life, I’ve had one dream: to achieve my many goals.”

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#1 posted 01-31-2021 08:07 AM

Same idea here with mobile stuff – my drill-press is on 400mm wide re-cycled kitchen unit mounted on wheels. My space is limited so “truck parking” for the mounted machines has become an art-form!

-- Rob at Stratford-upon-Avon, England

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