Rolling Drill Press Cabinet from one Sheet of Plywood

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 08-14-2013 11:08 AM 7447 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For over a year my bench top drill press has lived on one of those folding Work Mate benches in a corner of my shop. The drill press is one of the heavier tools in my shop and I always wanted a rolling cabinet base for it so that as needed I could roll it out into the center of my shop. I also wanted to add some storage for drill related things like my hand drills, bits, attachments, etc.

So I finally went to my Lowes and got the wood, one sheet of Plywood, and the necesary hinges, latches and drawer slides. Because I do not own a truck, I had them cut the sheet into thirds so it would fit in my car. I had previously figured out how to use that size to create the cabinet.

I had to use a hand held circular and straight edge to break the wood down to size. This went well, plus I got to use my home made clamps!

I used 1/2 inch plywood, but the top and bottom are made by gluing together two pieces for strength. Using almost all my clamps, I call this glue up a ‘clamp spider’.

I was able to make drawer as well. This went better than I’d thought, but still, I know I’m no true joiner. For the bottom of the drawer I used some 1/8 inch plywood I had rescued from a roadside find.

I did figure out a way to stop two of the casters, so that the cabinet will be more stable when not residing in its alcove. So far this is working well.

The drawer is 6 1/2 in. deep and I have enough wood left to build a sliding tray inside to help layer the contents. I’ll put that together next. The cabinet is not yet painted, but I think primer gray and maroon will go well. I’ll do the painting after I build a similar cabinet for my band saw. That will be soon, but not necessarily next.

Here a picture of the drill press stand after painting.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Izzy Swan

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#1 posted 08-14-2013 11:15 AM

Nice! Could use one of those in my shop.. great shop project

-- Izzy Swan - A Creative Thinkers approach to Woodworking

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#2 posted 08-14-2013 11:39 AM

I like it Dave… Should give you many years of service and looks like quite a bit of useable storage as well. Nice Job sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 08-14-2013 12:47 PM

Great looking addition to the shop. Some of us have so little space we need to have our power tools movable. It will serve you well Dave.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#4 posted 08-14-2013 02:03 PM

I like your parking brake solution for the casters. Well done sir.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#5 posted 08-14-2013 08:43 PM

I think it will serve you well for years. Very impressive! Really nice build.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#6 posted 08-15-2013 01:09 AM

The versatile drill press deserves its own dedicated cabinet stand; a rolling one is a huge plus.

Splendid job Dave.


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#7 posted 09-09-2014 02:37 PM

Good work Dave and a useful asset for the shop.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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