Clamping system for new drill press table

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Forum topic by DW833 posted 08-08-2016 04:05 AM 1803 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-08-2016 04:05 AM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press table clamp t-track

I’ve almost completed my new drill press table. One thing I’ve avoided on this version is to add t-track.
My previous two tables included t-track, but I’ve found that I rarely use them. The hold down style clamps
were mostly in the way. Or they took to long to use when I drill many pieces.
When using the drill press, I found that it is easier just to hold the piece or use standard f clamps or Kreg long reach auto clamps. Also, I haven’t tried drilling large holes in the table and using clamps in the them. Wanted to avoid the large holes in the table.

What do you use to secure the wood for drilling on the drill press? Have you installed a clamping system, but found it wasn’t worth the trouble and do not recommend the clamp?

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#1 posted 08-08-2016 04:53 AM

I use a stick with a 1/4-20 bolt & knob. It easily sets the edge to bit distance. If I need to cut multiples a small wood block and clamp is sufficient.

It also works as an anti-rotation stop.


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#2 posted 08-08-2016 12:36 PM

The very best all round drill press clamping devise I have ever found (and have) is this one. and It attached to the drill press column, slides up and down the column, and swings to clamp the work or out of the way. Always there and can instantly be swung into place. No bolting and un-bolting to the table. I have used this for the past 40 years and LOVE IT!

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#3 posted 08-08-2016 12:42 PM

I have T track and Woodpeckers hold downs and use them a lot . If you don’t use them, and don’t need them, leave the clamping system off and do it the way that you have been doing it. That’s my simple answer. Good luck, have fun and work safely.

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#4 posted 08-08-2016 02:36 PM

I kept it simple and bolted an oversized piece of 3/4” mdf using the existing slots in the table and carriage bolts recessed to stay below the table surface. I nipped one corner at a 45 to keep access to the elevation crank. I opened the center with a 1” hole saw to make sure I don’t drill into the original table. When I want to clamp anything, I clamp to the edges of the auxiliary table with QuickClamps or c-clamps. I also made a short fence that clamps to that table.

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#5 posted 08-09-2016 02:43 AM


I installed a fence on my auxiliary drill press table. The fence rides in T-tracks and easily adjusts and locks in place. I rarely bore a hole without setting the fence. Since I can press and hold the work piece against the fence, I find hold down clamps are unnecessary and therefore I have none.

As an aside, the auxiliary table has a slide out center insert section with a large shallow hole bored on one end of the insert into which sanding drums can be recessed. The insert can be flipped around to provide solid backing for drilling. Since it slides in and out, a fresh backer surface can be exposed. The table is covered with ¼” thick hardboard and the insert is cover with its own piece of the hardboard so the hardboard on the insert can be replaced when it is chewed up.

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