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This cabinet is based off the Drill Press Stand plans from Brad at FixThisBuildThat.com, which I purchased. I made a few changes, but this was my first time constructing a cabinet of any sort, as well as the first time installing drawers, and Brad's plans really helped me understand how the spacing works and how to make everything go together. I watched several of Brad's videos on drawer construction and it really helped.

I have a WEN4210 (10") drill press and my workspace is small, so I scaled down the plans a bit to fit my workspace. Total height including 3 inch casters is 31" (enabling it to nest under the side of my workbench), and as a result I went with four drawers instead of the five called for by the plans, and used 18 inch full-extension drawer slides. Top dimensions are 16 wide x 21-1/2" deep, case dimensions are 14-1/2" wide x 20" deep including drawer fronts. I don't have any issues with stability or being top-heavy.

I recently purchased a DowelMax and I wanted to try it out so I used it for everything I possibly could on this build, including: case construction, drawer construction, as well as edge-joining a couple of scrap 1/2" plywood pieces to use for the back. It wasn't the fastest thing to do, but all the resultant joints are rock solid.

Another change I made was to use two full-top-size pieces of 3/4 plywood laminated together to make a very sturdy top (overkill, but I had plenty of scrap material). And I also scored some plastic/countertop laminate off Craigslist for cheap, so I added that to the top and it really gave the project a finished look and creates a nice workspace surface that's easy to keep clean. On the laminate, I used a flush trim bit for initial trimming, and then followed up with a Whiteside 25 degree laminate trimming bit to create a chamfered edge. Eased the final sharp edges with a sanding block and 220-grit sandpaper and that worked fine.

Casters are 3" from Lee Valley. Double-locking swivel on front, fixed casters on back for a little more stability.

Drawer pulls are from Amerock. Bought these to match the ones already on my Bench Dog router cabinet. I prefer the smooth/rounded edges which means they're less likely to catch on something (particularly in my small space..).

Lots of firsts for me on this project:
  • DowelMax joinery
  • building and installing drawers with groove for 1/4 ply drawer bottom
  • installing drawer slides
  • rabbeting with a router
  • using chisel to square corners
  • using block plane to flush/trim hardwood edging
  • installing plastic laminate

Can't wait to load this thing up with stuff!

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Great looking stand with plenty of storage under it. I really need to build one like your for my drill press. This will go into the favorites folder with the hope that I can make something half as nice as yours.
 

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Great looking project, and like the casters so its mobile.
 

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Earl, thanks for the kind words. No single step in this build is particularly difficult, however, it is a lot of pieces (I count 38 separate wood pieces in my build) so it did take some time and test my patience.

This was my most ambitious project by a large margin. I'll say the two things that helped me most were:

1. Buying the plans and watching Brad's video. This really helped me understand how much spacing I need between drawers, between drawer and back, false-fronts relative to drawers, etc. It's not rocket science, but I've never done this before so it was nice to have some guidelines for all this stuff.

2. I (re-)drew the entire project in SketchUp before making my first cut. This was particularly important as I changed the dimensions. This helped me visualize the updated proportions and to confirm how all the re-sized pieces would go together.

EDIT: Earl, I just checked your projects, and I see now you were just being kind, and I'm a bit embarrassed, as you are obviously a very skilled woodworker and would have no trouble building something like this. However, I'll leave my comments for any other folks just getting started like I am.
 

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Nice work. Always like seeing quality going into shop projects.
 

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Ramblin,

VERY nice indeed. I shall now endeavor to do the same project methinks.

I JUST received my Wen drill press and Ridgid table saw. We must be related. :-J

Jim
 

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Very spiffy stand… those drawers will be very handy for keeping your bits organized.
 

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Very nice! I would like to join the choir: "I need to build one for me"

Is this is a lamp attached to the drill press?
 

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Is this is a lamp attached to the drill press?
Are you talking about the flexible bit attached to the base? That is a "T-Track Flex-Hold Arm" from Rockler. I meant to remove it for the photo but forgot. I use it to hold the shop vac hose close to the bit when drilling. Once I added a few washers, it fit pretty snug in the existing T-slots in the drill press base. It's like having a 3rd hand to hold the vacuum hose close to the drill bit.
 

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...That is a "T-Track Flex-Hold Arm" from Rockler….
Chris, great idea. Thanks.
 

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Chris , nice job and congratulations on your 'Daily Top 3' award.
 

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Have the same table saw as well, and was just looking at that drill press as an upgrade to a really low-quality 8 inch. Have a small shop and I do small projects. Do you like the WEN 10 inch? Would it be worth it to go with that or do you find yourself wishing for something bigger? I could maybe do the 12 inch WEN too…

Your stand is really excellent. Wish I had room for one. I probably will end up with mine just sitting on a bench somewhere and moving it around when I need too.
 

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Very nice. This is next on my list.
 

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Hi kocgof,

Do you like the WEN 10 inch? Would it be worth it to go with that or do you find yourself wishing for something bigger? I could maybe do the 12 inch WEN too…
Do I like it? Meh. It's okay. This is actually my third one, because the first two had uneven bases that made the unit unstable, so I returned them. They should have never passed Q.C. at the factory. Even the this one (3rd unit) had a mildly warped base so I thought this must be some kind of production defect and called WEN customer service and they sent me another base that was a little better and I'm able to use it now.

The lid is impossible to get adjusted so that it doesn't rattle, and the table raising mechanism is a little wonky. But for $125, it does do a pretty good job of drilling some straight holes in wood so I can't really complain I guess.

I really wanted the WEN4214 12-inch variable speed model with larger table, but I really don't have the space for it, and so far I haven't needed the additional capacity. I noticed that the WEN4214 appears to be pretty much the same drill sold under other brands for greater cost (e.g. see Jet 716000, which is the model this stand was built for in the original FixThisBuildThat plans). Rikon has a new 12" that looks interesting (Model 30-212VS), too.

I really didn't find any other 10" drill presses that were of markedly better quality. If I could have paid more for a higher quality 10" drill press, I would have. But it seems like these all come from the same place anyway. So for now I'll get by with this little WEN 10" model. I think it's fine for a hobbyist like me.

If you go with the WEN I'll say two things:
1. Purchase somewhere where it's easy to return, in case you need to. For me that means Amazon, or the local home center that allows you to order online but return in-store.
2. WEN customer service was actually pretty good in dealing with them. So they've got that going for them.
 

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Thanks for the big info drop! It's about what I would expect for a drill price in that range. I think I will probably try and swing that 12 inch model, but I do love the couple Rikon tools I have. I will take a look at the one you mentioned!
 

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looks awesome
 

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A rolling base with drawers like that is a great idea and you seem to have done a beautiful job. Sadly I don't have the floor space for even another roll around. I'm not a big fan of tools with those gooseneck lamps built in. A lamp like that came on my bench grinder and the bulb blew the first time I ground anything with it.
 
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