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:

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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

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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

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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

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

Step 5: Adding T-track

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


zucchero (author)2017-02-09

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

PetrN18 (author)2017-02-08

Super !

jwzumwalt (author)2017-01-26

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.

wrsexton (author)2017-01-26

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

localglobalsky (author)2017-01-25

very nice=

marksstudio (author)2017-01-24

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.

wrfmg (author)2017-01-24

Nice job. Really like the mobility.

charlessenf-gm (author)2017-01-24

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!"

Jack Gird (author)2017-01-24

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

twopolar (author)2017-01-23

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

Adam Gabbert (author)2017-01-23

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.

mscott41 (author)2017-01-22

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 ???

RonM10 (author)2017-01-22

Very nice!

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