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Introduction: Drill Press Table

Nine times out of ten, you don’t need a drill press table but it sure would be nice for that one time. Because it’s use is so limited I wanted to keep the design/build simple, no frills. Also mounting needed to be quick and easy.

Step 1: Table Material:

The table itself well be two pieces of ¾” plywood laminated together. I just so happen to have some scrap plywood already doubled up in the shop from a pervious project so it was just a matter of cutting out a 15” by 18” rectangle on the table saw. The size is really just personal taste, I just wanted something as small as I could get away with to make it easy to store away.

Step 2: Table Mounting

To mount the homemade table to the drill press table as easy as possible I decided to make a ¼” deep recess the exact same size as my drill press table. This should keep the table from moving around from left to right. I used my CNC router to do this because my two pieces of plywood were already laminated together but you could cut the circle out with a jig saw before laminating the two pieces together.

Step 3: Installing Keys

To keep the table from rotating I decided to make a couple of keys the same size as the slots in my drill press table I then could glue and screw them right to the under side of my homemade table.

Step 4: Edge Banding

To clean up the edges, I used some ¾” maple for edge banding.

Step 5: Adding T-track

I then could cut two dados for some T-track. This will be used for the fence as well as hold down clamps if needed. I installed the T track using screws.

Step 6: Waste Insert

I then cut out a 3/16” deep recess using my dado stack right in the middle of my table. The recess is 3” wide and will be use for a MDF waste insert.

Step 7: Making Inserts

I already had a bunch of scrap MDF so I went ahead and cut a whole bunch of inserts by ripping them 3" wide making sure they are a tight fit in the recess.

Step 8: Fence

he fence couldn’t be easier, its just two pieces of ¾” plywood laminated together and cut to 2” wide. I then could mark the location of my T-tracks and drill corresponding holes.

Step 9: Stop Block

You could also add some T-track on the fence front if you want, I didn’t have any left and didn’t really feel it was necessary as I could just clamp a block onto the fence for a stop.

Step 10: Adding Chamfer

Finally i added a chamfer to the back so I can still rise the table without hitting my knuckles:)

Probably the best feature about this table is how easy it is to take on and off. I love how quick and easy it was to build and also how easy it is to store away when not in use.

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    It is so nice that I don't think I could dare to use it. Thanks for the post.

    Thanks! I'v always wanted something that made consistent edge distance holes and you've solved all the head scratching :) The only thing I might add is dowl pins on 1/2" centers so that strips can be quickly butted at cordinal distances.

    Awesome simple solution! I follow your Youtube channel as well. Thanks for this!

    Great job. On the way out to pick up some track, because after looking at my drill press table, I deserve an upgrade. Thanks man.

    Nice job. Really like the mobility.

    Very nice build.

    I made mine without considering adjusting the table height and have to rotate the table left to do so, then square it back up to use. I built a design that incorporates a fence that grips the table edges as opposed to t-tracks. As there is seldom much stress on the fence, it works fine.

    I also like the sacrificial stop approach you used. Mine is 1/4" hardboard but the 1/2" MDF would allow a larger dove-tail approach to capture it.

    Good technique, great Instructable. "Good Job!"

    Super pour les espaces restrains les tracks permettent de stabiliser et de faire du travail de précision. Le dessus serait avantageusement fait de bambou.

    that was awesome. need to build one just like your's.

    This came out really nice. I like how you seated it on the table.

    I'm a fan of the whole scrap block and a clamp too. It's versatile and doesn't fill up with chips. And it doesn't take any more time to set up than a fixed stop.

    Have you had issues with chips in the T-track on your older version, or this one? That's the main reason I've never used it on my drill press table.

    there's always that 1 in 5 chance when the job catches and breaks your wrist, or that 1 in 3 when the bed doesn't rotate to a suitable position to drill through the bed slots, I reckon you've just solved my 2 biggest bug bears in drill presses, packing and securing the job. and in a cheap replaceable, yet reusable system. well done ???

    Very nice!