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    Drill Press Cabinet - Finished

    I have a wonky schedule this week and so don't have to go in to work until 3pm today. I thought it was a great time to tackle whatever this is lurking under my drill press. I mean, seriously, what is all that stuff!?!

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    I have some shop ply that I want to burn up (since dad and I both have pretty much sworn off of it) so I'll use that.. There are two distinct colors so I will try to work around that; I am going for quick here but, it doesn't have to be a total train-wreck . I saw up a bunch of panels and put some rabbets and dados in them.

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    There will be some cubbies on each side to straddle the drill press pole. I want the shelves that go in these spaces to be adjustable to I break out the shelf peg jig. I use a strip of tape to remind me which holes I want to use. Not that it has ever happened but, I wouldn't want to drill a hole where it didn't belong

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    I want to move along so I am gluing and screwing the carcasses. I prefer to skip the screws, especially where they show but, this method does let me knock out the parts pretty quick.

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    Since I have to stop now anyway, I went ahead and added some clamps. More tomorrow.
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    Nice idea on the tape to not mess up the pin hole location (luckily I've never made that mistake before either... but just in case )!

    Are you planning on having the storage attached to the drill presses base or separately mobile?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Mooney View Post
    Are you planning on having the storage attached to the drill presses base or separately mobile?
    Currently my DP is on a ballasted base that sets in a mobile base. Its been mobile for many years and has not moved even once. Still, I am not ready to bolt it to the floor yet. This base is designed to set on top of the ballast-base but, will be able to accept casters at a later date to roll out from under the DP table area if and when I need that depth.

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    The bottom part in the drawing is the ballast-base. This elevation would be replaced by casters if and when I make that change. The cavity that accepts the pole also accepts the metal DP base form.

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    Yeah - I was kind of interested in how you were going to span the mobile base if you did go that way..

    I've been thinking about adding some storage under my dp as well but have on occasion used the extra capacity to end drill things so was hesitant to make the storage non mobile separately from the drill press base. The base is pretty wide for stability reasons but didn't want to make the storage ridiculously wide .. so .. yeah..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Mooney View Post
    Yeah - I was kind of interested in how you were going to span the mobile base if you did go that way..

    I've been thinking about adding some storage under my dp as well but have on occasion used the extra capacity to end drill things so was hesitant to make the storage non mobile separately from the drill press base. The base is pretty wide for stability reasons but didn't want to make the storage ridiculously wide .. so .. yeah..
    Right there with you Ryan. I hemmed and hawed for so long I finally just went for it. I have only used "extra" capacity for drilling once in many years so, If that comes along and I can't do it by swinging the table to the side, I'll pull the drawers out and lift the carcass off. Given my track record I think I will permanently mount the DP before I need the capacity .
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    Yeah Its been only a couple of times... Analysis paralysis strikes again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Right there with you Ryan. I hemmed and hawed for so long I finally just went for it. I have only used "extra" capacity for drilling once in many years so, If that comes along and I can't do it by swinging the table to the side, I'll pull the drawers out and lift the carcass off. Given my track record I think I will permanently mount the DP before I need the capacity .
    You do know that by putting that comment in writing, it means that 1 to 2 months after you finish the cabinet, you'll have a project that needs the extra capacity, and swinging the table to the side won't handle it.
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    Following along Glenn this is one i need to deal with as well.
    cheers

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    I'm keeping my eye on you! Looks good so far!!!

    Yeah, this is another of my bucket list items.
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    Ah, the sound of screeching brakes . I opened the box I keep my 16" drawer glides in and found 2 sets of 16's and the rest 18's. Placed an order for more glides. While I'm waiting I can sift through the scraps and see if I have enough hardwood to make the drawer fronts. If not, they will be plywood.

    Even though I am just pushing through this I take the time to make some of the joinery more interesting. It keeps me from getting bored and it never hurts to practice our on-the-fly creative skills .

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    For the sake of expediency I went with pocket hole drawer boxes.

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    Everything gets a sealer coat of shellac. I don't have a lot of weather concerns where I live but. no need to let the elements have their way. It also makes blowing the dust off easier if the surfaces are sealed and smooth.

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    I don't want to glue the back on the main carcass until I am done mounting the drawer hardware; its just easier . I need to get the carcasses out of the way so I just clamp the three components together under the DP and set the drawer boxes inside.

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