Drill press mini fence with hold downs

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Project by FreddyS posted 09-29-2011 01:13 AM 6781 views 21 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone, the fence is plywood so I guess is ok to post it here ;)

Right after building my drill press table I noticed I left the t-tracks too far away from the drill chuck, making it difficult to use the hold downs with small wood pieces, I guess a lot of LJ’s have the same problem but won’t tell :D

I knew I had to do something about it, so I waited to have a good enough sized scrap piece around.

The other day I noticed this scrap plywood laying around and had some free time so after 15 minutes the mini fence inspired by SEE’s drill press table got built.

Because I had larger hold downs and ran out of t-slot bolts large enough I adapted the design a little:

The fence is 14” x 2” x 3/4” plywood, and went with cap square head bolts instead, just made the slots for the heads deeper(3/16”), the square part in the bolt makes it work like the t-slot bolts, not as smooth though.

As you can see in the photos the mini fence allows you to change the hold downs position easily, and now I can fasten small and big pieces without any hassles.

So there you go, quick fix for small error you may get into when building a drill press table as it is hard to tell if everything will work fine until the table is finished.


-- Learning one thing at a time

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#1 posted 09-29-2011 01:56 AM

Thanks a lot for the post, I’ll probably make some changes to my table and make some hold downs.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#2 posted 09-30-2011 01:43 AM

That’s a fine looking drill press table…mine doesn’t even have tracs yet. ...reminds me I need to complete my table before I join the knuckle buster club. Thanks for the post.

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#3 posted 10-02-2011 09:31 PM

Love it, very well done :)

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

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#4 posted 10-16-2012 08:13 PM

Very nice , Freddy …I will be sure to incorporate this into my DP table when I get around to making one : )

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#5 posted 10-17-2012 01:58 AM

Hi there dusty56!, build both, great time savers ;)

-- Learning one thing at a time

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#6 posted 10-17-2012 02:06 AM

I will as soon as I have the time and finally decide which features I want and need the most. There are so many good DP table designs to choose from : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 02-12-2013 02:57 PM

Hey Freddy
I used your idea for added hold down on my drill press table
what a great idea
makes it even more vestal

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#8 posted 02-12-2013 04:25 PM

Hi Bill, good to know it worked for you too ;)

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