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JackDuren

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03-16-2020 03:29 PM

I made a top for the drill press and after trying to use it I find it was too small . Better than nothing but still too small.

I don’t care about all the junk on top but I’m only seeing one online that seems ok for storage but is there something better.

Looked on the internet and this is the best so far to me anything better I’m missing?


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Lazyman

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#1 posted 03-16-2020 03:44 PM

I don’t have a “better” one but here is an idea in Shopnotes magazine that allows you to extend it with wings when you need a larger size. You probably have to buy a copy of the archive (I recommend it BTW) to see the magazine article but I think that the link will at least show you the picture of it on the cover. I think that you can also search the index which may show you small pictures of several other DP tables in other issues too but unless it is on the cover, you may not be able to get a bigger image to study.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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therealSteveN

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#2 posted 03-16-2020 04:22 PM

Shopnotes has a lot of their plans for free. Well they cost you an email address so they can try to entice you into buying stuff.

Send an email to the following, and they send weekly tips, and occasionally pop a note about how to access free plans. Seems there are a few hundred freebies.

http://www.shopnotes.com/

Plus there is an internet archive of Shopnotes. It appears safe, and says: Uploaded by ShopNotes on September 20, 2015. Huh, somebody I know has a Birthday same date.. Way different year though.

https://archive.org/details/ShopNotesMag/mode/2up

One of them is the expandable drill press table issue 74. Volume 13.

https://archive.org/stream/ShopNotesMag/ShopNotes%20%2374%20%28Vol.%2013%29%20-%20Extendable%20Drill%20Press%20Table#page/n1/mode/2up

They have another, not so much big table, but it’s a stacked cabinet, where a benchtop DP sits atop of it, and drawers below for storage. I’ve seen it built taller to go around a free standing DP.

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JackDuren

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#3 posted 03-16-2020 04:54 PM

It’s not the plans I need just pictures. Looking at drill press tops,etc it seems there based on router tables in general all features are basically the same. Not to get too heavy I guess I need to stick to the second picture I’ll just have to make it were it can removed quickly to move the drill press when needed..

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WoodenDreams

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#4 posted 03-16-2020 05:41 PM

Sometimes if I want to check images or pictures to get ideas, I’ll check out ‘bing images’. And enter in the search what I’d like to view, Such as drill press table, homemade drill press table, drill press table plans, and also use the tabs that come up and check other related pics. https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=drill+press+table&qs=n&form=QBILPG&sp=-1&ghc=1&pq=drill+press+table&sc=8-17&sk=&cvid=AF7D8E5612444740A22B83C0A35B55CB even if I’m looking to make a jig.

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Robert

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#5 posted 03-16-2020 05:52 PM

you don’t find cranking the table up difficult with all the weight?

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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WoodenDreams

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#6 posted 03-17-2020 12:45 AM

All you need is a simple table surface. The one I have is 12×24, would have prefered a 15×30 top. A couple t-tracks, and a stop, will do most of your functions. I paid $30 for this one from HF 3 yrs ago.

Two 1/2”x24×48 MDF boards about $10 each, will make a table top and fence, or even a old countertop. plus hardware.

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AMZ

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#7 posted 03-17-2020 09:58 AM



I made a top for the drill press and after trying to use it I find it was too small . Better than nothing but still too small.

I don t care about all the junk on top but I m only seeing one online that seems ok for storage but is there something better.

Looked on the internet and this is the best so far to me anything better I m missing?

- JackDuren

Bottom table appears similar to Lee Valley’s, which I have. I absolutely dislike the size of theT-track, as it requires a different set of hold-downs, etc., and always out of reach, when needed.

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JackDuren

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#8 posted 03-17-2020 03:03 PM

Thx for the pictures I’m looking for more stor age ideals as that seems to be what’s holding me back.

What ever I put on it needs to be simple to remove because it’s in the corner….

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mpounders

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#9 posted 03-17-2020 03:49 PM

I have heard others who had issues with the extra weight that a big thick table with all those drawers will add. Specifically that it will lower really quickly, but is difficult to raise back up! If you are looking for storage, why not build a really large cabinet that rolls into place around the column and foot of the drill press? Maybe as tall as the cabinet of your sander? It would give you lots more storage and keep the weight down on whatever size drill press table you need. And you just roll it out when you need to drill something really tall.

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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JackDuren

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#10 posted 03-17-2020 04:08 PM

Guess the best thing for me is to put a case of beer on it and see how well it rises.

I don’t really want any more cabinets. I was going to put full 29” drawers in my RAS stand then I realized more shop storage I don’t need.

The problem with the drill press drill, bits, hole saws,etc are I different locations in the shop. Like a pin ball machine some days….

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dschlic1

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#11 posted 03-17-2020 04:33 PM

I made this one.

Good storage below, and large table.

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