Drill Press Cart - Updated

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Project by SirFatty posted 05-30-2012 05:05 PM 7622 views 17 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently received a Walker-Turner drill press, which I talked about here and here. My previous 8” drill press could easily be lifted and placed where I needed it. Not with this one. It weights quite a lot, so I needed a way to move it around without endangering my back.

This project was assembled using one and a quarter sheets of 3/4” BC plywood from Home Depot, pocket hole screws and lots of glue. The casters are are also from Home Depot.

There are four new drawers to fill up (I can have all my drill related items in there, instead of in my Clarke tool box). The cart is 32” deep and the drawers are only 18” deep, so the back of the cart has a door and that space will be used to store the drill press table I will one day build.

This weekend I will be painting it black (case) and gray (drawers) to match the cabinets in my shop.

Thanks for looking!

Update: The cart has been painted. I consider the project complete (for now)!

You can see the color scheme matches my cabinets in the background.

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#1 posted 05-30-2012 06:44 PM

nice, post a picture when it is painted also.

I like the table storage idea although I have not taken my table off my press since it was installed.

This is on my list of to do’s.

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#2 posted 05-30-2012 06:55 PM

Nice little shop cart. Love the drill press. I’ve never taken my drill press table off in the 20 years since I built it. Once you build one you won’t know how you lived with out it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 05-30-2012 10:49 PM

SirFatty, Welcome to Lumberjocks! You will just love this woodworking site. Lots of great people to discuss things with and an over abundance of designs and ideas. The folks here are so encouraging too!!

That is one nice drill press stand. Very nice suspensions and just a good size. Is that a new drill press or an old one that is is real good shape? It looks similar to my old Atlas but mine is gray.

Welcome to the family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.......................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 05-31-2012 11:40 AM

This is very nice. I’ve been considering doing something with my drill press for quite a while. Thank you for sharing!

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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#5 posted 05-31-2012 12:07 PM

Good work – looks really nice.

I would like to use regular plywood for some shop furniture, but was affraid that the drawer slides didn’t have any holding power to counter warping. Or was the home depot plywood dead straight?

Will definately build something like this.

-- I'm from Denmark, but live in Sweden.

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#6 posted 05-31-2012 12:22 PM

Nice job!

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#7 posted 05-31-2012 12:44 PM

Thanks for the feedback everyone! Peter, it was pretty good peice of plywood, of course it was not perfectly flat, but there are a couple gussets inside to pull it into shape/keep it square (picture 3 and 6).

There was the usual tweaking of slides using thin strips of cardboard.

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#8 posted 05-31-2012 03:53 PM

Nice work! Should serve you well.

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

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#9 posted 05-31-2012 04:15 PM

Thank you SirFatty. I didn’t realize that shimming was a usual thing when using drawer slides. That means people usually makes their drawer boxes 1/32 too smal, to have adjustabillity?

-- I'm from Denmark, but live in Sweden.

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#10 posted 05-31-2012 04:49 PM

Hey Peter,

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I sometimes have to do it to make the slide glide effortlessly. That probably because my woodworking tolerances are not great, but it’s a good invisible solution.

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