Drill Press Table

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Project by Mark Gipson posted 08-06-2012 11:03 AM 27269 views 29 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am in the process of putting my workshop back together after the floods last year wiped out rather a lot of my stuff. I bought a drill press a couple of months ago and just finished this table for it.

It’s closely based on a design in Shop Notes. I made a few changes to the mounting method as my metal table has no holes or slots and I didn’t want to drill it. I made some t-bolts to fit into the slots on the metal table and used those to secure the base. I changed the dust collection hook-up to use an adapter piece that screws onto the base, my vac nozzle fits into the plastic tubing perfectly and holds it securely.

The table is 2 layers of 3/4 inch ply covered with laminate. The fence is hardwood and the base is a mixture of both. A small drawer provides storage for a chuck key and a few drill bits.

I haven’t been able to find any metal t-tracks here so I routed slots in the plywood table. I did some tests on scrap and the slots seem strong enough to easily hold down the fence. I didn’t attempt to add t-slots in the fence faces as my practice attempts using a router and edge guide on narrow pieces were not very successful. I can add them later after I build a router table.

The dust collection works very well even with a small shop vac. I made the different inserts to use depending on fence position and also have some for use with sanding drums.

Overall I like this design with a few minor points. The table inserts are good for dust collection but would soon get chewed up if you drill into them. They can’t be rotated to use each corner. I use a backer board. The fence is very solid but quite big and deep. At some point I will build another smaller fence with t-slots for stops and hold downs.

This is the first useful thing I have back in my shop so I’m loving it! It’s also shop cat approved.

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#1 posted 08-06-2012 12:08 PM

Nice looking build Mark. This is one of those that every time you use it or even look at it, you’ll be glad you invested the time. Would you mind posting some dimensions?

-- Tim Harrelson

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Mark Gipson

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#2 posted 08-06-2012 12:16 PM

Thanks for the comment Tim. The table is 28”x15” and I sized the base to just fit over the metal table, that is around 11”x11”.

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#3 posted 08-06-2012 12:32 PM

Very nice looking table. You will be glad you built it.

-- Chris K

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#4 posted 08-06-2012 01:31 PM

This table looks great and functionally at the same time and i know you will be glad everytime you use it.
I built my own maybe two years ago and it is still an absolute “worth the time project”.
I’m going to post it the next few days.
Thank you for sharing and good luck for putting your workshop back together!

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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#5 posted 08-06-2012 04:04 PM

Looks good!
The press is nice too. Rexon makes the porter cable floor press and it’s a really nice dp.

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

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#6 posted 08-06-2012 04:13 PM

Looks like she/he is getting ready to put on the stamp of approval on your table.
Job well done.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#7 posted 08-06-2012 11:43 PM

Nice looking drill press table. The drawer will serve for some useful storage. For your next project involving the use of t-tracks, you can get them online through Rockler Woodworking, Peachtree Woodworking, and Grizzly Industrial. Those are just off the top of my head, I’m sure there are more sources. They are easy to install and you can get accessories to go with them

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#8 posted 08-07-2012 12:23 AM

Very Nice.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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Mark Gipson

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#9 posted 08-07-2012 12:25 AM

Thanks kdc68. I wish it was as simple as ordering from Rockler but the shipping to Thailand and taxes mean that I don’t order very often. I was lucky enough to be able to place a few orders through the US Army post office and got a lot of useful stuff, t-tracks seemed too long to ship so I bought a t-slot router bit instead.

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Mark Gipson

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#10 posted 08-07-2012 12:30 AM

NiteWalker – thanks for the comment. I am happy with the Rexon so far. It’s smooth, quiet and very solidly built. It should give many years of service. There is a not of lot of choice in big tools here in Thailand so I was pleased to find this one.

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#11 posted 08-07-2012 12:36 AM

nice build,like that vac on it , looks like your cat likes it too :)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#12 posted 08-07-2012 01:49 AM

Geez, I didn’t realize you live in Thailand. I guess you make do with what is available. I agree with NiteWalker about the Rexon. I have the 15” Porter Cable DP (made by Rexon for Porter Cable) and it does a great job. Wish your continued success rebuilding your shop

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Mark Gipson

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#13 posted 08-07-2012 01:55 AM

Yes we have to make do with what we can find in Thailand. Things are improving slowly, more big tools are available but mainly Chinese brands. It’s even possible to find sanding discs for random orbit sanders now, a few years ago I could find the sander but no discs!

One good thing is that the big box stores have not wiped out the Mom and Pop’s. Somewhere in Bangkok there is a little old lady sitting on a mountain of t-track, one day I will find it!

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#14 posted 08-07-2012 05:28 AM

Nice work…sure will come in handy…enjoy putting your shop back together.

-- Rayman24

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#15 posted 08-07-2012 09:44 AM

Great looking table! Someone else seems to like it as well.

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

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