Tricked-Out Drill-Press TableComments (0)
Can boring get interesting? With this design it just did.
By Chuck Hedlund
Overall dimensions: 463⁄4"w × 15"d × 61⁄8"h (extension tables open; closed, 293⁄4"w)
After studying a variety of woodworking drill-press tables going back the last two decades, and having made a couple along the way, I took up the challenge of designing what I feel is the most versatile and functional fixture for the home shop. I wanted it to incorporate the latest quality hardware and materials while keeping the cost reasonable. I employed a selection of knobs, Kreg Mini T-Trak, screws, hold-downs, and hard-wearing phenolic-faced plywood, an ideal product for shop use. Beyond materials, I wanted the fixture do it all. I spec’d the table to include replaceable hardboard inserts, hold-downs, sturdy extensions tables that expand the width to a whopping 463⁄4", and adjustable fence systems, complete with stops. I also added a sliding and locking vertical table for boring into the ends of workpieces that you can quickly remove when not in use. Finally, by attaching the horizontal table to a box structure, I created three handy compartments for storing bits and accessories. The assembly installs easily on a standard sized table. Note: For the items needed to make the drill-press table, see the Drill-Press Table Kit in the Convenience-Plus Buying Guide on page 25
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