Drill Press Table

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Project by Kevlar posted 03-12-2014 01:58 AM 2842 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So this is my first attempt at a drill press table – after looking at many designs and over planning/designing, I just said the “the heck with it – you have scrap wood, just build something!” So with some ½” MDF for a base (17”x13”) and another layer cut into thirds to fit my T-Track I came up with this.

Not sure how long it will last or if I should treat it (let me know); worst case I will learn from my experience. I cut the top into three pieces so I wouldn’t have to router or dado any slots for the T-Track…I have a wobbler on my RA saw – this just seemed easier. Nothing is glued, just tacked in place with 1” brads (shrug).

Let me know what you think (Are the tracks to close? Don’t seem to be but…) – I have seen many designs and types of wood. I am happy with it…should I paint or spray/slap some lacquer on it?

-- ~ Wiqar

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#1 posted 03-12-2014 12:32 PM

I think it looks great, The t-track spacing depend on what you will be cutting, closer together for smaller pieces and farther apart for larger pieces. It’s your own personal preference basically. Great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#2 posted 03-12-2014 12:43 PM

Well done.
The table should be sealed, top, bottom and sides, to prevent the MDF from absorbing any moisture.
It’s probably a good idea, to temporarily remove the t-track and seal the groove, also.

T-track spacing is a matter of personal use and preference.

Now that you have a “quick, down & dirty” DP table, you will discover what does & does not work and apply that to a future upgrade.

-- 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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#3 posted 03-12-2014 01:46 PM

Thanks guys – I played with it a little last night…since I didn’t glue the top pieces on, I may use this for a few months and then move the T-Track as needed.

What would you recommend for a sealer? Can I just paint in (removing the track and being careful not to over do the gap) and the use spray lacquer? MDF is supposed to take paint well….will it take a poly-U?

Forgot to mention, the center piece is not tacked….just floats and locks when I crank the back stop in place. So when the drill area gets beat up, I can cut out and replace the piece or just flip it over for a fresh side…then cut our the square and replace.

-- ~ Wiqar

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#4 posted 03-12-2014 05:17 PM

Good job!

Did you drill a hole under the center board so that there is a space for when the drill bit clears the piece being drilled?

Now I want a drill press!


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#5 posted 03-12-2014 06:16 PM

Jeff – Most people don’t put a hole below, preferring to have the bit eat into their table a bit. For this reason, the middle part of your DP table should be replaceable or at least shiftable to give a fresh surface. If you leave a big hole you can expect some tearout on the outlet of the cut. Making a replaceable base (or a section of your base anyway) lets you cut tearout free holes.

Table looks great! I don’t think the track is too close together, but you’ll find out as you use it. Does your fence slide smoothly? Took me a while to figure out to use long cuts for the fence bolts so as to let the fence be set at an angle is you want.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#6 posted 03-12-2014 11:00 PM

Like Bailey stated, I did not drill out a hole under the center board, although I had thought about in when I first ventured down this project trail. My centerboard just floats, so I can either cut a new piece or flip over once it gets beat up.

My fence does slide pretty smooth – I find the T-Bolts tend to bind at times…I drilled the holes in the fence a little proud or larger so I could address any exact alignment issues of the fence. That poses the slop and binding in the fence. As for angles of the fence…see below….

You know what sucks?! I am already thinking of improvements (angles, dust port, longer t-tracks, moving fence further back, etc)...and I just built this thing!!

-- ~ Wiqar

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#7 posted 03-15-2014 02:50 AM

nice work – gotta add one of these to my drill press. I think the only addition I would put on this is some storage underneath for drill bits and associated supplies…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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