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Paul Lajoie

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09-30-2020 12:00 AM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press drill press table jig

Just picked up a Delta 17-950L drill press. Needs a little cleaning up but still plenty of life left. Looking for inspiration on making a wood table, fence hold downs etc. I’ve seen a couple on line, looking to see what everyone likes about there’s or not like. Pictures would be welcome. TIA

Paul


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#1 posted 09-30-2020 12:47 AM

Sorry PL can’t help as I have a drill press that most budget conscious people would not bother looking at…

However, there are people that may have the same DP and maybe a few that don’t…
There are a lot of people that have gone through similar exercises (and many with other brands/models) that could make suggestions in both the DP resurrection and/or shop-rigout suggestions.

A picture posted by one person would save many potential helpers from having to individually Google Delta 17-950L to see if they can help. Also people can’t Google your current setup.

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#2 posted 09-30-2020 01:19 AM

There are a lot of table designs on line. It all depends on what you’re doing with it. A fence can be handy although I seldom use mine. Good clamping and a good vise or two are more handy for me. The vise grip style of clamp is very handy for a lot of things I do. A hole drilled through the table to accommodate is required. Finding a vise grip clamp with a long enough stud for the accessory table combined with the included table takes a bit of googling.

-- Darrel

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#3 posted 10-01-2020 11:34 PM

I got a Rockler DP table for xmas 15 years ago, and have looked with interest in them, thinking that I would build a nicer one, someday. I never have, the Rockler has three things that I really think they need,
1. Replaceable inserts for under the bit area.
2. A Fence for repetitive drilling
3. Hold downs that fit into a slot

I’m certainly not pushing Rockler, but my point is, I don’t know as I have ever seen one that “wowed” me…..but they seem to work if they have the 3 features.

-- Mike

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#4 posted 10-02-2020 10:49 AM

I rarely use a fence. But hold downs are important as well as something disposable for under the bit.

I also made a two inch high table that I use at times to avoid adjusting table heights.

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#5 posted 10-02-2020 11:20 AM

I have a fence but only occasionally us it for sequential holes, etc.

I rarely ever use hold downs.

The biggest use for my dp table is the size. For me I wouldn’t spend much money on one.

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#6 posted 10-02-2020 11:42 AM

Pretty much what they said, except I added a cabinet under the table. It’s on rollers so it pulls put if I need more depth with the table. That table in the pic is no longer what i use, the current one is just a flat table with hold downs and replaceable center. The cabinet was a Woodsmith thing….and I think that table is from Wood. The replacement is a Woodsmith plan.

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#7 posted 10-02-2020 11:51 AM

Fred, that is a nice looking table and cabinet. Could you share a few more details. I am really interested in the crank on the front which I think is hooked up to raise and lower the table.

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#8 posted 10-02-2020 12:26 PM

Just make 1 to get going. It’s a quick project. You will find out what you want for the next one.

I made mine the same depth as the original steel table. I didn’t need to do anything to be able to access the lock and the crank handle to raise and lower the table. It looks small, but it has never been too small for what I need.

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#9 posted 10-02-2020 02:28 PM


I got a Rockler DP table for xmas 15 years ago, and have looked with interest in them, thinking that I would build a nicer one, someday. I never have, the Rockler has three things that I really think they need,
1. Replaceable inserts for under the bit area.
2. A Fence for repetitive drilling
3. Hold downs that fit into a slot

I m certainly not pushing Rockler, but my point is, I don t know as I have ever seen one that “wowed” me…..but they seem to work if they have the 3 features.

- moke


+1 ive got the same one it’s a real nice table,i could have made my own but for the price and what it was didn’t make sense too me.another thing i added to my dp was a wixey digital scale,great for when you want a precise depth drilled.also if yours doesn’t have a light id add one.also a cabinet to store bits is a great help.
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#10 posted 10-02-2020 04:19 PM

A drill press table can be as simple as you want it, or more details and design can be added. The choices are great. When I built mine some 20 years ago, I opted for a simple design…..a table, a fence, some T tracks, and a small drawer to hold all my drill press accessories….....!! I also added dust collection….here’s a couple of pictures…!! I also built a cabinet to hang beside the d.p. to hold other tools, such a Forstner bits, more drill bits,etc.

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#11 posted 10-02-2020 04:32 PM


Fred, that is a nice looking table and cabinet. Could you share a few more details. I am really interested in the crank on the front which I think is hooked up to raise and lower the table.

- Redoak49

That’s exactly what it does (did). For me it wasn’t that great. It eliminates the tilt function of the table (that wasn’t a big deal to me) and if you removed the top to drill metal (I do that every once in a while) it’s a royal paint to get it off and then back on. I used a set of 45º bevel gears on the drill press crank. The plans also had a setup for the lock, but I didn’t incorporate it. Here's a U tube about it. and Of course they will sell the plans. I have the issue, if I knew which one it was, I couldn’t find it on the article index. The cabinet is quite useful, and I would change a few things if doing it over, but it’s made to roll over the mobile base the DP sits on (just wheels on an axle, so it only rolls straight out).

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#12 posted 10-05-2020 01:15 AM

Thanks everyone for the info. Ok dust collection replaceable insert t tracks and altho some of you say you never use the fence I will add one. I use a Shopsmith10er right now and use the fence all the time. And I’m very seriously thinking of adding the table height adjustment and lock. Might add a small drawer to the table, roll out cabinet also.

Paul

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#13 posted 10-05-2020 01:26 AM

Fred – thanks for posting the information.

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#14 posted 10-05-2020 01:34 AM


Thanks everyone for the info. Ok dust collection replaceable insert t tracks and altho some of you say you never use the fence I will add one. I use a Shopsmith10er right now and use the fence all the time. And I’m very seriously thinking of adding the table height adjustment and lock. Might add a small drawer to the table, roll out cabinet also. Paul

- Paul Lajoie


i use the fence a lot,id add it,in comes in very handy for a lot of things.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#15 posted 10-07-2020 08:03 PM

A fence is a must, if you ever drill end holes for dowling, and the board is narrow enough, a fence ensures that at least they will match up for thickness. I also have made some “monster” cribbage boards, using mug pegs as pegs, and it was invaluable there too. There are tons of applications for a fence.

I wish I could use a roll out table underneath. Storage is never a bad thing! I have an older Craftsman that doesn’t have a crank system,so I installed a hydraulic cylinder, so I need that area clear.

-- Mike

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