Drill Press Table

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Project by MichaelT77 posted 02-09-2014 12:48 AM 2659 views 19 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This isn’t much to look at, but it’s functional, so I’m calling it done.

I made the table from a quarter sheet of 3/4” plywood. It has been a while since I bought any of this birch plywood. Looks nice, but it’s rather expensive ($20 for a quarter sheet). The drawers are made from 1/2” birch plywood ($15 for a quarter sheet). The drawer bottoms are 1/4” plywood that I had on hand. Pocket screws to hold the table together (no glue). The drawers are glued (no screws). I’m using a pair of my wife’s earrings for drawer pulls.

Dimensions of the top surface: 12”x20”. The drawers extend to the back, and they’re 6” deep.

The drawers are a little tight. They slide OK now, but it’s in the dead of winter. I may have to pound them out with a hammer this summer, and make new drawers.

This, of course, uses the homemade style of T-track. The fence is a couple pieces of oak, glued and screwed to an L-shape, and squared on a jointer. There’s room in the middle for the sacrificial pieces.

I fashioned keys to hold the mounting surface in place. Along with the 10” bolt, the table is very secure and stable.

I may revisit this and add false drawer fronts and 3/4” wide strips to hide some of the plywood edge. At that time, maybe I’ll turn some knobs on the lathe.

Actually, they’re shower curtain rings.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#1 posted 02-09-2014 01:21 AM

Cool! (You had me wondering about the ear rings!)

Did something similar to mine, I used an extra router table top I had sitting around.

No vacuum, for use as a spindle sander?

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#2 posted 02-09-2014 04:40 AM

Nice, perfectly functional, so no real need to worry about making it too pretty. This is one of those projects that I need to get to as well. Looks good to me!


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#3 posted 02-09-2014 05:41 PM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 02-15-2014 05:22 AM

nice work, convenient to have drawers too… adding to my wish list…

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#5 posted 03-24-2015 05:01 PM

You original cast iron table underneath looks like a HF Metal working table like mine – curious how you decided to anchor the table to it. My cast iron table doesn’t have any through holes as of yet since it’s designed to collect lubricant oil (granted I’ve never used it that way).

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#6 posted 03-24-2015 08:33 PM

hutchel, it’s a Delta that I bought at Lowe’s. The table has a single hole through the middle. I made those wooden keys to fit into the slots, and then tightened everything down with a center bolt. Those slots are, I assume, meant for t-bolts. I could have used them to secure a table, as well. I don’t remember why I decided against using them. Maybe I was in a hurry, and didn’t want to make a drive to Rockler.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#7 posted 03-24-2015 09:18 PM

Appreciate the reply – My DP table just has the 4 “T-Slot”s arranged in an “X” No though holes anywhere. I am using 2 heavy bolts to hold a DP vise in place that can be repurposed. Was just looking at more elegant approaches.

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#8 posted 03-24-2015 09:56 PM

scratch that Delta. I just took another look. It’s Porter Cable, bought at Lowe’s.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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