Rolling Drill Press Stand

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Project by April Wilkerson posted 02-24-2014 03:20 PM 23125 views 17 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got around to building a drill press stand this weekend. Before, I was having to pick it up from my shop floor every time I wanted to use it and find a workbench to put it. (yeah, that got old)

So I threw together this quick little stand that is on swiveling and breaking casters. My drill press base is 7” but I built the stand with 6” extra on each side, then 4” extra front and back so it wouldn’t want to tup over when I roll it around. It sits 29” high with 3” casters on, then has two junk drawers and a compartment that houses my small air compressor. I also threw on a magnetic bar I had laying around to keep my chuck key and any misc bits.

I made the body from 3/4” then the drawers and the shelves they are sitting on from 1/2”. It was real sturdy and square without a back so I used 1/4” for a back.

After it was built I had to throw on some paint before I called it a day. : )

Edit: Instead of using sliders, I just put in two 1/2” shelves then set the drawers on top of them. Simple, but cheap.

-- Wilkerson

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#1 posted 02-24-2014 03:51 PM

Very nice job on the drill press stand. Like the colors.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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John Stegall

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#2 posted 02-24-2014 04:45 PM

“Throw some paint on it”, looks like I would have spent more time painting it than building it to get it to look like that ;>)

I do need to build one though. Mine is on a very heavy stand that does not have rollers. I plan on building some of Tyvekboys universal power stand mobile bases.

-- jstegall

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April Wilkerson

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#3 posted 02-24-2014 05:10 PM

Thanks Alex, I’ve kinda made the grey and green my shop colors. Just to kinda jazz it up some. : ) Also thanks for your suggestions on going with 3/4” wood.

Nah John, painting is so quick!...I used my sprayer for the grey so it took just a few minutes to do the body. While it was drying I wired in a plug next to my workbench. Then I used a 1” foam brush instead of a paint brush to slap on the green. Those foam brushes do great for making quick work of putting on a nice even boarder like this. ; )

-- Wilkerson

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#4 posted 02-24-2014 09:37 PM

Nice base for the drill , I am reuseing and old file cabinet type drawer to do the the same thing for mine.
“While it was drying I wired in a plug next to my workbench.” Nice job of MultiTasking there girl.

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Greg D

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#5 posted 02-24-2014 10:57 PM

Nice work April!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#6 posted 02-24-2014 11:14 PM

looks good

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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#7 posted 02-25-2014 01:21 AM

Very nice! This gives me some inspiration to build one….when I get a drill press of course! =D

-- Brandon ~ Aim Small, Miss Small

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#8 posted 02-25-2014 03:43 AM

I have a floor model but would like to install a rolling cabinet about half way up to store things in and roll away when needed for larger projects. I have no wish to roll around the whole press, so this could work. Those 3’’ casters should roll over the base . This gives me some good ideas. Thanks

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 02-25-2014 11:30 AM

Wow, another top 3 – congrats – it’s looks great.
I also have an 8 inch drill press. I’m going to favourite this for my build list.
What kind of drawer slides did you use?

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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April Wilkerson

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#10 posted 02-25-2014 06:55 PM

DoubleDD: I’ve must have read your comment 5 times now but still don’t understand. I’m trying to visualize what you’re saying….You have a floor model drill press? I googled it but can’t tell a difference between it and the one I have…would you mind explaining? Either way! I’m glad my build gives you an idea to help.

Thanks Sandra. Oops, I forgot to include that detail…I actually didn’t purchase sliders. I put in two 1/2” shelves then just set the drawers on top of them. So they will come all the way out if I keep pulling. I had to choose between spending money on casters or sliders and I would much rather have the mobility. ; )

-- Wilkerson

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#11 posted 02-25-2014 08:30 PM

Loved the design for the drill! The drawers are very useful, especially to store your accessories! Recently’ll need to build one!

Congratulations and Cheers!


-- António Guerreiro

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