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Finally Built A Decent Drill Press Table.

Discussion in 'The DIY Tool Shed' started by scubadoo, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. scubadoo

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    Hey all, haven't posted for a while, but after years of putting up with a quick bodge job (too many buiilds, not enough time!) I've finally put together a decent drill press table and thought I'd post a few photos.

    Constructed out of leftover BB grade Birch ply. I laminated two pieces of 18mm together for the main table and the face of the fence. I weighted it down with my Jet bobbin sander and a pile of clamps.

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    The fence was jointed with a Festool domino only because i've just bought one for a kitchen build and wanted to test it! I also made some right angled supports for the fence (cut on the mitre saw) and routed a slot for some of the Incra T-Track with the tape measure. I cut out a circular section on the back of the fence so that I could remove it easily.

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    The table has two lengths of the standard T-track

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    I was planning to use some Kreg T-trak that I have but it's quite shallow and I prefer the Incra. The only downside of the Incra is that as I'm in the UK, it's hard to get hold of imperial (1/4"-20) hex set screws to run in it. I know I can use M6 roofing bolt washers on an M6 threaded bar in the track but i prefer the bolts, especially when use a through-knob. Westfield Fasteners are the place I use.

    I also used the Woodpecker multi knobs to secure the fence and ordered some longer 5"imperial bolts so that the knobs sat above the fence. I made spacers out of some leftover plastic pipe.

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    The track was bolted through with M3 machine screws

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    and the table was held down with M6 countersunk machine screws.

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    I was struggling to find reasonably priced hold down clamps, and eventually bought the UJK ones from Axminster for £6 each. In order to fit the incra track I needed to grind down the sides of the t-bolts slightly.

    And here's the finished table.

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    It has massively improved productivity already.
    Cheers
    Dave
     
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  2. adirondak5

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    Nice job !
     
  3. R. Stratenstein

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    Wow, really nice job, that's beautiful!
     
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    I'm just finishing my table up this afternoon.....I have tracks inlaid in mine too....those things are so useful!! I've built mine a bit bigger than yours mainly because I use a 'safety planer' (rotary planer) on the drill press to thickness plane body blanks and I really wanted a nice big flat surface for that. Yours looks very good!!
     
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    Cool, post some shots when you get it done.
     
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    It's done.....I'll try to remember to take a couple pics tomorrow.
     
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    That's great. Looks super versatile.
     
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    Very well done!
     
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    Very nice! I need to add hold-down capability to my table.
     
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    Perfect!
     
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    One of these is perpetually on my to-do list. Very nice.
     
  12. scubadoo

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    Thanks guys. It's one of those jobs that I've put off for years after admiring many that I'd seen here. Luckily I had a bit of spare time between jobs and some leftover birch ply so thought I'd treat myself!

    Cheers
    Dave
     
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    Hi Dave, any thoughts on the t track sold by axminster ? Not expensive compared to some others I see on the web.
    I went there to buy my drill press actually :)
    Thanks
    Olivier.
     
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    I like your idea of tubular spacers to save one's knuckles on the knobs.

    As for long 1/4-20 bolts, on this side of the pond we use toilet flange bolts. No kidding, they're long bronze bolts that have a nice flat flange on the head to fit perfectly in the T-track.

    Looks like your design would work exceptionally well as a router table as well.
     
  15. scubadoo

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    Hi Olivier. Actually, that's where I got my drill press too! I haven't tried the Axminster track but I did read that it and the fittings were often hard to get hold of. And one big reason for using the incra is that it's the only track that I definitely know my festool clamps will fit into.

    Thanks Vizcaster. I got the idea of the spacers from looking at my Jessem router table fence.

    Toilet flange bolts? That's a great idea! Not sure how much they cost? but the 5" 1/4-20 bolts i bought were about £2 or £3 each!
    Cheers
    Dave
     
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