Drill Press Table (ala Pintodeluxe)

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Project by Lenny posted 07-07-2012 07:02 PM 9757 views 32 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This drill press table is fashioned after one made by fellow LJ pintodeluxe. I made a favorite of his with the intention of making it one day. Back in November, I got a great buy on a new Ridgid 15” drill press via Craigslist. This replaced my 13” Craftsman drill press that served me so well for many years. As pintodeluxe pointed out on his project post, the basic plans for this came from Woodsmith magazine. Rather than MDF laminations, I made the table top from ¾” melamine I had lying around. I surrounded the melamine with ash using biscuits and glue. The carcass of the unit is made from ½” Baltic birch ply. The bottom is bolted to the metal table via carriage bolts, large washers and wing nuts. It does not interfere with the crank used to raise/lower the table. I liked the idea of the dust collection compartment and the removable inserts so I incorporated them into mine. I don’t use my drill press too often compared to other shop tools. For that reason I did not bother with a blast gate and dedicated dust collection hose. I just cut the hole at the back to fit a standard 4” hose connector and will grab a hose from another tool when needed. I bought 24” T-track, star knobs and hold-downs when they were on sale at Rockler and I had a 36” length of gold T-track from Woodcraft purchased long ago.
I’ve read that drill presses are made with machinists in mind, thus, the small metal table. This table provides a 31-1/2” wide by 17” deep surface. Some of that depth is lost with the fence in place but it can be removed if necessary. In place, the fence provides a point of reference and with a stop block, you can drill repetitive holes. The drawer is only 6” wide but is 27” long and 3” deep. It will be handy for holding bits, replacement inserts, the chuck key, etc. The area of my shop where the drill press sits is a bit congested. I know if I applied a surface knob or handle to the drawer, I would surely be bumping into it. So, I routed a finger pull underneath the center of the drawer face. I finished the project with a few coats of Minwax waterbased polyurethane. My thanks to pintodeluxe for the inspiration.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 07-07-2012 07:16 PM

Hi Lenny!
A great looking table, I like it very much.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 07-07-2012 07:38 PM

Wow ! This came out great , Lenny : )
A very unique insert area …I’m assuming that air is being drawn in through the corners ?
I like your design as it seems to cover all of the basic needs without being overly complicated.
Have a great weekend , my friend : )

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

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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#3 posted 07-07-2012 08:02 PM

Very nice. Love the vacuum hookup. The drawer is also a very nice touch. Thanks for sharing

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#4 posted 07-07-2012 09:44 PM

A fine DP table-top indeed. Now I know ya got more drill bits than that… :)

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

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#5 posted 07-07-2012 10:02 PM

Great job lenny that really looks good. I can tell you like your projects to look their best and yours deffinetely do. I like your vacum hookup. If your like me at all i love making jigs for the shop. Like they say if there aint nothing to build than you should be fishing :)

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#6 posted 07-07-2012 10:51 PM

Great job Lenny. That should serve you well for a number of years.

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#7 posted 07-07-2012 11:17 PM

Thanks everyone. Len, you are correct regarding dust pickup via the corners. Ha, ha, astute observation there Roger. Of course I have more drill bits than shown in the photos.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#8 posted 07-08-2012 12:00 AM

Well done Lenny, it a beautiful design and the CL Drill Press is a great conversation piece as well ….bravo on this score…BC

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#9 posted 07-08-2012 01:16 AM

Very Nice job Lenny….perhaps someday you will have a tv show? I bet that’s how Norm Abrams started out.
I’ve been still adjusting with my obstacles…as you know….and hopefully soon I’ll be better and can resume my woodworking projects. Say hello to Julie for me ….(and the girls)

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#10 posted 07-08-2012 01:21 AM

Nice table, Lenny. Great score on the drill press.

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#11 posted 07-08-2012 02:27 AM

nice job…looks like this will really be valuable…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 07-08-2012 04:41 AM

Great looking Table. I need to keep this in mind for my next drill press table. Although mine works well you have a few great ideas I would like to have. So may have to revamp current table. Thanks for sharing.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#13 posted 07-08-2012 05:57 AM

Nice looking table Lenny, I was surprised to here you say that you don’t use the drill press very often. That rigid drill looks good. I like the dust extraction also. I have a bungee cord that holds a 2” dust hose on mine. The drawer is nice, having a place for the chuck key at the press is important. How many times can a lost guy walk around in small circles going, “where’s the chuck key, where’s the chuck key….I just had it.” Big smile!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#14 posted 07-08-2012 03:45 PM

Great looking table. I added it to my favorites so I can make a similar one someday… already have the t track waiting for me to become less lazy and do it.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#15 posted 07-08-2012 04:03 PM

Great job Lenny! I will make sure to get in touch when I am ready to attempt this project myself!

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