Yet another Drill Press Table

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Project by ChrisBunker posted 03-06-2011 10:05 PM 36844 views 53 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Time to share a new drill press setup I put together as I am building out my basement workshop. While I wait for my main light fixtures to arrive, I took a little detour and decided to create this drill press table and stand setup.

The Stand-
The stand is the HF 7 drawer side cabinet. I have fabbed up some leveling feet and a steel reinforcing frame for the bottom as it isn’t really designed to stand on its bottom. I topped it with a 3/4” MDF to stiffen up the top and minimize flexing. Now on to the obligatory wood part of the project

The table-
I did a bunch of research, collected a ton of ideas from everywhere I could find a design, sketched out a basic design and started work. In hindsight, there are a few details that I would definitely have changed had I planned the design a little more carefully, but they aren’t anything that I can’t work around.

The top is ~ 24×18. The table surface is 3/16 Hardboard that has many layers of Johnsons paste wax on it. I didn’t think I’d like it, but it really gives a nice working surface. Underneath is 2 layers of 3/4” MDF. All three are glued together. I discovered a little too late that I really wasn’t setup with enough clamps for this glue up (hey I am just starting out), which prompted a minor clamp buying frenzy the next weekend. I trimmed out the edges with some 1/4 maple strips – glued, but again due to a scarcity of clamps I had to resort to some finish nails (do differently next time item#1).
I routed a 4” recess for the 1/2” MDF sacrificial surface under the quill. I wasn’t really 100% happy with how it came out. I kinda rushed putting together the router jig and I left the whole “bottom” if you will, instead of just leaving a ledge for it to sit on. It works for now, but I may try to clean it up later.

The two fence/hold down clamp t-tracks are placed a little too close to the outside edge, in that I can’t rotate them to be parallel with the fence as the tails will hang off the sides. Again no biggie, they still work great.

I liked the idea of an aluminum fence. I added a strip of PE cutting board material. Made the stop block out of the same angle the fence is made from, but with one face shortened up a tad. I love the cam locks on the backside.

The table attaches to the drill press with some carriage bolts. I had originally planned for 3, but I neglected to account for the metal table support arm in the back so, there isn’t enough room for the same knobs I used up front. I may or may not try and find another knob that’ll work, as the two up front seem to work great, and I hate to spoil the quick off and on possible right now by adding a nut and washer to the back. I think it would have been better to bury the carriage bolt underneath the top layer of hardboard rather than having the countersinks visible, but maybe not…I don’t know.

In order maximize my table surface, I had to bevel the back bottom edge for the height adjusting crank.

All in all I am quite pleased with this table, It has been a great addition.


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#1 posted 03-06-2011 10:20 PM

excellent DP table

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#2 posted 03-06-2011 10:59 PM

Looks really awesome! I need to make one of these, and even bought some t-tracks, etc. If I can just get caught up on some “request” projects, I can do some stuff for my shop! Favorited for when I get the time!

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

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#3 posted 03-06-2011 11:49 PM

the setup looks good congrats with the new stand and table for the drillpress :-)
one thing though … you have to build a little protection box around the gear …...
not funny at all if your hair gets cought :-)

take care

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Jack Barnhill

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#4 posted 03-06-2011 11:59 PM

Very nice table. I just finished refurbing a Grizzly 17” floor model and set it up on a mobile base. Now, I’m in the information gathering mode for my DP table. Your’s has a lot of good ideas that I may incorporate in my version and I appreciate you including your comments about what you see as possible improvements.

Great job on the table and the post.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#5 posted 03-07-2011 12:20 AM

Thanks Guys.

Dennis, funny you should mention that…not that I got my hair caught in it, but the thought did cross my mind when I was using the drill press on the floor while building the adjusting feet for the base. It had one originally of course, but I took it off because it rattled. Now that the press is up on the stand, my hair is a long ways from the spinning pulleys. That would be very ugly though.

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#6 posted 03-07-2011 12:24 AM

Nice job on the dp table. I like the middle t-track, that will always be able to clamp down a workpiece – even short stock. One thing I would do differently on mine next time is to make a split fence. My fence is melamine, so it didn’t work for me. I like your design with aluminum angle. That would accomodate a small split in the fence. The main purpose of the split is it would allow me to drill close to the edge of a workpiece without the quill hitting the fence.
Really nice finished product – great work

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 03-07-2011 12:55 AM

One of the original design ideas I had for my fence did involve a split fence like you mention. I also bought a dust hood to attach to the backside of the fence (where I would have made a cutout for it), but it interfered with the DP post. I couldn’t think of a reason for the split fence beyond the DC attachment, but I definitely didn’t foresee the point you bring up.

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#8 posted 03-07-2011 03:30 AM

Great use for the cabinet and nice job with the table. Where did you et the cam locks.. love them. Tks for sharing.

-- Paul, Plantagenet, Ontario

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#9 posted 03-07-2011 03:55 AM

Very Nice DP table.
After spending a few minutes looking closely at the Zoom pictures, I noticed one Major flaw!!!!!
That flaw is that it would look a whole lot better if it was to be fastened to table of a 17 1/2
Delta Floor model. And in particular the one sitting in the far corner of my shop.

But all kidding aside you did a great job

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#10 posted 03-08-2011 05:14 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone, much appreciated.

Pinto…ran into the issue today – chuck hits the top of the fence when drilling real close to the fence! Hmmm.

Tyka, camlocks are from Rockler, I’m lucky to have a store 3 miles away.

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#11 posted 03-20-2011 05:48 PM

That’s a nice table. Do you find that the paste-wax rubs off on the stock?
Also, that’s a unique looking drill press. I don’t think I have ever seen one like that.

I also noticed that you are from SE MI, me too…...

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#12 posted 03-21-2011 05:14 PM

No problems at all with the Johnson’s rubbing off. Once its dried and buffed off, it’s like it’s not even there.
The DP is nothing fancy or out of the ordinary, just your better basic 12” benchtop import DP I bought from Wholesale Tool. It may look different beacuse I have the drive belt guard off (it rattled incessantly) and I have a Rohm keyless chuck, but other than that it is standard stuff.

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Jack Barnhill

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#13 posted 03-21-2011 08:25 PM

I recently finished rebuilding an old Grizzly G7947 drill press and the belt cover vibrated on it too. To stop the noise, I put fiber washers between the belt cover and the head casting and I put some weather stripping around the edge of the upper half of the belt cover. It’s nice and quite now.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#14 posted 03-16-2019 03:24 AM

What did you add the middle t-track for and how useful have you found it? Do you have examples?

How did you cut out the sacrificial square from the table so accurately? I find that a jigsaw wanders and I don’t have a scroll saw.

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#15 posted 03-25-2019 07:24 PM

Hi Jay-
I added the middle track for just quickly clamping a small piece down that I didn’t want to hold in my fingers.
I used my router and a quick little jig to make the sacrificial square recess. Squares were then cut on my table saw.

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