Drill press table benefits
Drill presses are designed for dealing with metal, not wood. That's why, 10 years earlier, I screwed an old scrap of 3/4-in. treated plywood to the metal table so I could screw down or clamp stops and fences. Frankly, I was humiliated by it and lastly developed this devoted woodworking drill press table. Mine is a bit over the top, with dadoes, plastic laminate and T-Tracks. Tackle it if you want. The truth is, you might make a fast and easy leading by bolting two glued layers of particleboard to the cast-iron table from the underside. You can screw or clamp short-lived stops and fences to that and have a serviceable table. But your table will not be as fetching or as simple to utilize as mine.
Fence: A semicircular clearance hole for the chuck permits drilling holes that are close to the fence.
Throat plate: An inset 1/2-in. replaceable throat plate takes the abuse so the top will not need to.
T-Tracks: T-Tracks are generally useful gadgets that allow you to constantly change jigs, fences and hold-downs. On this table, they're utilized for a sliding fence and hold-downs.
Laminate: Plastic laminate on both the top and bottom will keep the top from deforming with humidity modifications.
Edging: A hardwood edge-banding safeguards the rather delicate core from getting dented up-- plus, it's pretty.
Here's a summary of the construction procedure for this homemade drill press table. Glue 1-in. extra-large particleboard panels together then cut them to size on the table saw. Edge-band both sides of the table, then belt-sand the top so the wood is flush with the surfaces. Cut the laminate squares 1 in. oversize and apply them with contact cement. Then thrashing the laminate squares flush with a flush-trim bit and chamfer them with a 45-degree bit. Rout out the 1/2-in.- deep recess for the throat plate.
Cut the 3/4-in.- broad dadoes on the table saw. Cut the clearance hole on the fence with a 2-1/2- in. hole saw on the drill press. Screw the fence together before using the laminate, then rout that as you finished with the tabletop.
Lag screws (1-1/2 x 5/16 in.) and washers work great for protecting your new top to the existing drill press table. The instructions with the T-Track will inform you the rest.
Figure A: DIY Drill Press Table Details
This DIY drill press table includes sliding clamps, a moving fence and a durable laminate top.
You can download and enlarge Figure A in "Additional Information" below.
You'll also find a total Materials List in "Additional Information" listed below.
Figure A: Drill Press Table Details
Needed Tools for this DIY drill press table Project
Have the essential tools for this DIY drill press table task lined up prior to you start-- you'll save time and disappointment.
Drill bit set
Drill/driver - cordless
Hole saw set
You'll also require 3 router bits: a straight cut bit, a flush-trim bit, and a 45-degree bevel bit.
Required Materials for this DIY drill press table Project
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