Drill Press Table & Fence

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Project by FarmGopher posted 02-26-2014 08:03 PM 3897 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the drill press table I built for my Porter Cable Drill Press. The top is melamine with two long t-tracks for hold-downs, and two for the fence, beneath that is a 3/4” plywood clamped to the metal table. The fence is a r*ckler router table fence I purchased on clearance. I notched out the thin piece of aluminum in the back so that the fence can slide much farther back, around the post of the drill press. This fence also lets me run a flexible dust collection hose right behind the fence to suck up the shavings. Since these pictures I’ve added a sacrificial block to the center and a piano hinge to the front, in case I need to drill some compound angles (the PC drill press table could already tilt sideways). The combo works pretty well. I cobbled a delta mortising attachment (also found on clearance) to the drill press and it makes good square holes. Someday, when I get around to it, I will probably upgrade the top and add some more t-track. Thanks.

-- Matt

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Bob Areddy

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#1 posted 02-26-2014 08:19 PM

Nice. I so need to do this!

-- --Bob

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Steve Cherry

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#2 posted 02-27-2014 02:20 AM

Very nice. Also something that is on my list of shop upgrades. Did you work from plans, or make it up as you went along?

-- Steve - Front Royal, VA

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#3 posted 02-27-2014 07:45 PM


How do you like that Porter Cable DP. Was thinking about buying one but just wonder how decent a mid priced one from the big box stores actually works.


-- What man is a man who does not make the world a better place?

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#4 posted 02-27-2014 08:16 PM

Gary, I will be interested in the reply from Matt, too.
I have been looking at DP’s, and found a positive review of these Porter Cables right here.
The link

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#5 posted 02-27-2014 11:06 PM

Thanks everybody,

Steve – I just made it up as I went.

Gary and Jim – I have liked my Porter Cable DP a lot. It has good power, decent features, and seems well built. The table it comes with is not really useful for woodworking, so that’s why I added this top. The first one I purchased did have a bad starter, but I just returned it right away and the second one has worked perfectly fine. I would recommend it for any non-pro woodworker. If you have any other questions, let me know. Thanks.

-- Matt

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Greg D

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#6 posted 02-28-2014 04:59 AM

Nice work Matt, should serve you well!

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

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#7 posted 02-28-2014 08:18 PM

Nice looking table. this is something I need to do as well since the table on my DP is way to small for doing much of anything. I have some plans starting to take shape and may borrow some from your ideas.

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