Drill Press Table/Fence

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Project by bit101 posted 03-19-2014 08:32 PM 3394 views 10 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nothing amazing here, but it does the job and I’m happy with it. 3/4” MDF as a base. 3/4” strips for everything else. I opted for clamps rather than slotting the MDF to secure the fence and I’m happy with the way it turned out.

Some things I learned:

1. The front part of the stop block tends to turn when I tighten the knob. In retrospect, I would have secured the middle piece to the front rather than the back, which might have helped. The bolt is epoxied to the back now though. Maybe I’ll try to throw a dowel or something between the two to keep it from turning.

2. I’m not real happy with the insert. I routed a 1/2” lip in the inset hole for a 1/2” inset to rest on. But I think I went a bit too deep, so now the inset rests too far below the surface. I managed to shim it up a bit, but… I may just cut it out completely and use a 3/4” inset. Also, if I do that, I’ll probably make it 4” square (it’s 3” now) and offset it so I can rotate it around to get more use out of it.

I also had a lot of fun making the knobs. Those seem to be a popular project around here. :) I just traced a bunch out on 1/2” plywood and cut them on the scroll saw. Made a bunch extra and keep finding places to use them.

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#1 posted 03-20-2014 02:59 PM

I like your design. Simple and effective. And very do-able. I’ve been looking at these for a long time but never built one… this one just may make the cut. Main criteria is that it won’t take any fancy cuts or hardware to get it done.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#2 posted 03-20-2014 06:37 PM

Yeah, this was pretty simple and doable. Everything is 3/4” so it’s all just straight cuts and 1/4” holes for the bolts. It works really well too. The only somewhat involved part was the 1/2” inset. As I said, I routed that out, but I’m probably just going to cut it out larger and all the way through and use a 3/4” inset.

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#3 posted 03-21-2014 05:58 AM

Very Nice! & Well Done! Thanks For Posting.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 03-21-2014 03:50 PM

Love the simplicity. Very well done.

-- Jay -

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#5 posted 03-24-2014 07:19 PM

Very cool. I just got a drill press last week, so this is going to be my top priority once the garage gets above 40 degrees…

-- I do not like work even when someone else does it. - Mark Twain

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