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    Bird House To DP Expansion Table

    Haven't worked much in the shop, mostly trying to get it set up for a winter past time hobby, or wood working repairs. My last project was an obscenely colored bird house which I have since changed to a more subtle color scheme. The birds still are boycotting it. Oh well!

    Now I've just completed another simple project, a Drill Press Expansion Table, that is well beneath your skills, but it passes the time & is enjoyable.

    I occasionally find myself having to drill pieces that are longer, sometimes much longer, than the table of my small drill press & have to use a roller support. So, when I ran across an article in a Woodsmith magazine, I saw a solution; a flexible expansion table.

    I decided not to glue the hardboard to the top of the table, preferring instead to screw it together so it could be removed if ever needed.

    I also decided against incorporating the T-Track, as I prefer (at least for now) to use a fence that is pinned with a 1/4" dowel pin and pivots, then clamped, to establish a uniform row of holes for drilling. Several dowel holes along the edge of the table & the fence allow positioning that will accommodate most any size/shape work-piece. Click image for larger version. 

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    Last edited by Al Launier; 09-04-2013 at 04:50 PM.
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    That is a really neat idea. Great job as well
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    A large, well designed DP table is a true joy! Especially when it is designed to work for what YOU do.

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    Great job! I really like the extension. I fastened my DP table down the same way, even though the plans called for clamps.
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    You are gong to enjoy that. Great execution on those extensions.
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    Looks great, Al. You should get lots of use out of that.
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    Re: Bird House To DP Expansion Table

    Very nice Al. Still an item i need to add to my Dp. You got me thinking. :thumbup:

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    cheers

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    Great looking DP table Al. Now you can build that Bird Condo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bart Leetch View Post
    Great looking DP table Al. Now you can build that Bird Condo.
    That was so good!

    However, it would take some higher authority to convince me to build a bird condo.............maybe my wife!
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    Well done
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