Drill press table

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Project by Mainiac Matt posted 06-30-2013 11:21 PM 3318 views 30 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this project some 10 years ago, and though I’ve had it in use, I just built the fence and finished it up.

The design is based on plans from an old woodworking magazine, with the left-to-right T-tracks intended for use with the table tilted. It didn’t occur tome at the time that this table is to big to tilt 180 deg with a bench top DP, and I’ve since seen better designs, yet even a less than ideally designed DP table is better than none.

A DP table really is one of those “must build” shop projects for DPs dedicated for woodworking use.

I’ve been getting by, pinching the router table fence I got from Rockler, but I salvaged the hold down clamp recently and decided to finally make a dedicated fence for this table.

By far, the best DP upgrade I can recommend after making a table, is a keyless chuck. These are found at metal working supply houses, and can cost a small fortune. But the Asian clones are pretty darn good, and have sufficient gripping power and run out for woodworking use. I purchased this one from Wholesale Tools on-line and have been very happy with it. I only switch back to the original chuck on the rare occasion that I need >1/2” capacity.

My table was made from 3/4” MDO plywood, and because I wanted a beefy table, I routed a second layer with a 1/2” deep cut out that perfectly matches the metal DP table. The final assembly fit so snugly, that I never bothered (untill now) to hard mount it. I accomplished that by drilling a hole in the bottom of each ‘T’ slot in the metal table, then I transfer punched each hole location into the bottom MDO layer, then I drilled through holes to clear 5/16” bolts, then I drilled the top 1/2” of those holes oversized to accomodate threaded inserts. So the table mounts rock solid with four easilly accessed bolts.

The fence face is 3/4 MDF (for stability) with white laminate applied to the face with contact adhesive, and the ‘T’ track routed into the face using a 3/8” dia. straight bit, followed by Rockler’s ‘T’ track bit.

So get busy and build yourself a DP table. If you want to get fancy, Stumpy Nubs has a cool design with lots of storage and slider ail positioning.

Happy Trails,


-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#1 posted 06-30-2013 11:42 PM

Good things come (or are made) to those that wait!!!

Great looking table & fence!!!

I agree, a DP table is not a luxury but a neccessity!!! I still need to make one for my little bench top DP, but have put it off for other shop projects & because I’m hoping to acquire a floor model. However, I don’t think I’ll be going ten years though!!!

Great job!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 06-30-2013 11:42 PM

nice fence. 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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#3 posted 07-01-2013 12:28 AM

Very nice! A lot fancier than my HF model! My keyless chuck came from a dead Makita cordless drill. It’s been on for 10 years and counting!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 07-01-2013 12:30 AM

No since in rushing a good thing Matt…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#5 posted 07-01-2013 12:49 AM

Nice job!
And I agree completely that a drill press table is a necessity for a woodworker.

I’d be lost without mine.

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

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#6 posted 07-01-2013 01:13 AM

Looks good Matt…..this is on my list as well…..nice design.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 07-01-2013 01:14 AM

Great DP Table and fence Matt…great job

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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Mainiac Matt

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#8 posted 07-01-2013 02:22 AM

Thanks for the kind remarks…

Here’s a close up of the hold down…

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#9 posted 07-01-2013 02:27 AM

I like this.
I made one similar, Minus the hold down.
I did however get the same Rockler hold downs and I’ve been very pleased with them.
looks good!

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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#10 posted 07-01-2013 04:36 PM

Just found myself a G0485 Grizzly press for $100 on the Craiger. Favorited since I hope to get around to something like this sometime. Very well done!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#11 posted 07-01-2013 04:38 PM

That’s a nice one. It will add a lot to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 07-01-2013 10:33 PM

Very nice, Matt. Having the T track go both across and front to back is interesting, haven’t seen that before.

I built a DP too, and now my only big desire is some easier way to lower/raise the table. That handle back there is just too hard to reach, as mine is against a wall.

-- "72.6 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright

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Mainiac Matt

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#13 posted 07-02-2013 03:32 AM

The idea is that if you tilt the table, you can run the fenc front to back to support the stock for angled holes,

But the tables too big to tilt very far on a bench top DP.

I wouldn’t use this table design for this DP if I was starting from scratch today. But I’ll make do with it.

Having a big able does come in handy when drilling longer stock, or when drilling several pieces, as you can stack parts off to the side.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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