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    Drill Press Table Questions

    So I'm looking to build a drill press table. I was looking a the woodpecker's track set (http://www.woodpeck.com/dptrackkit.html), and know some of you either have their discontinued plywood table or have bought the track. Is the track worth the extra coin or would I be ok with just using regular T slot track for half the price?

    What features do you have on your table and what things do I need to consider while building? I've seen some that have a hinged top and can angle front to back in combination with the DP table's tilt, which I'm considering. Will have a replaceable (sacrificial) center plate also.

    I also noticed a lot of the tables have Formica tops, is this for oil resistance?
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    I don't have a pic of mine, but it is just a 2" thick scrap piece of partical board with a formica top. I put in some t track to hold the fence on and use hold downs, but the tracks are to far away from the bit to do much good . I also routed out a 3" swath under the quill so I can swap out 1/4" hardboard strips when they get worn. I only have a 10" tabletop and don't use my drill press for much so I don't see the need for the woodpeckers track setup you linked to...but I remember quite a few members here that have it and like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bower View Post
    I don't have a pic of mine, but it is just a 2" thick scrap piece of partical board with a formica top. I put in some t track to hold the fence on and use hold downs, but the tracks are to far away from the bit to do much good . I also routed out a 3" swath under the quill so I can swap out 1/4" hardboard strips when they get worn. I only have a 10" tabletop and don't use my drill press for much so I don't see the need for the woodpeckers track setup you linked to...but I remember quite a few members here that have it and like it.
    Thanks Jeff, yeah I wonder how much anyone actually uses the tracks and how, so just wondering if it's worth spending double for it.
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    I built a drill press table from a Wood Magazine plan many years ago. It called for some "mini-track" that required grinding the edges off of some 3/8" carriage bolts to fit. The fence lockdowns ride in the tracks so you can lock it into position. I've used the tracks to hold small pieces but it's been years since I've done that. If I were doing it all over again, I'd use the t-tracks from Rockler that I've used for a lot of jigs, etc.
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    Here's the one I have now, it replaced on that just had the tracks, this one has that crank to raise/lower the table. I use those T tracks all the time (for woodwork) to hold the fence as well as the workpiece on occasion. This one has the clamp slots to allow a clamp to fit through it (the old one didn't). This one (a recent plan from Shop Notes) has the replaceable center made so you can rotate it around, making it last longer. The jury is still out on this design, as far as I'm concerned. That crank is handy as all get out, but it's can be a headache to remove the table if you want to drill some metal (that was what I had always did before). I would love to have a tilt feature as well. If I replace this one, it will be with one that has it.

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    I built mine using the Woodpecker parts.

    http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...medy-of-Errors

    I do use the fence and the neato flip-down stops on it. The t-track is necessary for the fence, and the Woodpeckers fence bracket needs the dual t-tracks. But I've not used the hold-downs much at all, and the inch markings on the t-track? Never used them.
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    i have a formica covered top with regular t tracks which i use for hold downs and the fence.. one thing i didnt do but suggest you or anyone else does is make sure your table and fence can go as far back as the main pipe of the drill press to get maximum use of the space.. mine didnt and i have had to do some fancy foot work to do the drilling .. i would also suggest a taller fence than the 1" high ones that wood pecker shows for the type of work i do i like to have more support and clamping possibilities..
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    This is mine which I made from a set of plans I found online. If I can find them again, I'll tell you where. If I need to clamp things, I generally clamp them to the fence, which is nice and tall. I am going to get a pair of hold downs from LV, so I can actually use the T-track at the front.
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    A to whether that track set or another will be best is up to you. The set you show is missing a set of tracks IMHO as I find four sets to be the minimum. I have even built fixtures to allow even more clamping versatility. Going to only two tracks now would not be real workable for me. I have the old style Woodpecker table: http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...2&d=1178998645

    Things I find important are:

    - The fence being functional clear back to the post so that you don't loose much of your capacity.
    - A set of tracks for the fence with measuring tapes for quick positioning.
    - An additional closer set of tracks for holddowns.
    - An insert that is round or off-center so that you can use multiple areas on it before replacing.
    - A fence (I have three different ones for various tasks) that takes stops.
    - A fence that is split to allow chuck clearance at close quarters and allows dust collection near the action.

    The set you show has the measuring marks fixed tot he track. As long as you left them adjustable in case of an alignment issue, that would be fine. Mine are inserts but, once I had things where I wanted them I put a drop of CA glue at one end to hold them fast. They have stayed aligned for years.
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    I find that a table takes up too much valuable space. If I really need to use a fence then I just clamp a board to the table.

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