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Thread: Do you have an Aftermarket Table for your Drill Press?

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    Do you have an Aftermarket Table for your Drill Press?

    Its been over a week since I finished my last shop project, the downdraft box. I know I said that I was going to actually make something non-shop related next time........ But I'm getting the urge to make a Drill Press Table.

    I was thinking of doing something along the lines of the commercially available one pictured below. I have a Delta 12in DP similar to the one pictured (with the sanding drum), but with lasers.

    Has anyone made one? If so I'd like to see a picture or two if you don't mind.
    Also if anyone has any recomdenations on what works or doesn't work on either one you made or one you bought, that would be great too.

    Thanks!
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    Sean,

    I have the Woodpecker top on my Steel City press. They also sell some of the parts. I use the clamps a lot, and have used the stops a few times too. Nice and stable.



    http://www.woodpeck.com/quickstoplpdptable.html

    Here's a download from Shop Notes you might like...

    http://www.shopnotes.com/issues/094/...-fence-system/

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    I did this one primarily because the DP doesnt have tilt capability.
    http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...2&d=1184509513
    I was going to use T-track but opted to do the T-slots with a router bit (LV) to save a few bucks.
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    Greg, How does your table fasten to the DP table?

    Could you get a picture from the bottom.

    Thanks.........

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    sean, i use a cheap tai/chi drillpress vice on mine.....for stops it`s whatever scraps are laying on the floor shot together with gun nails...
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    I just use the small metal table that came with my drill press. In fact most of the time I keep my small drill press vise mounted to it. I switch way to much between metal work and woodworking so the table suits me just fine. Sometimes though I do toss a length of 2 x 8 or something on top of the vice so I can have a backer board for what I am drilling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bartee Lamar View Post
    Greg, How does your table fasten to the DP table?

    Could you get a picture from the bottom.

    Thanks.........
    I usually make mine but found a deal. I passed on the Rockler as you lose too much depth due to the fence design. They use the same basic fence that is on my router table so I was able to check this out in person. It would be fine if you had an additional fence to handle the need for more depth.

    I went with the one Greg has. Its almost like it was made for the Delta 17-950; all controls have clearance and tilt is no problem. It comes with small wood screws to attach from underneath. I passed on that and put threaded inserts in, very secure.

    I also mounted mine just off center. This allows me to rotate the insert four times before replacing (I haven't had to rotate once yet). 1/2" BB ply with four thicknesses of typing paper as shim material underneath sets the insert flush. I also made a taller fence for when that need arises. The low fence is great.
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    Sean,

    I too have the Woodpeck like Greg's and love it. I think they gave a lot of thought to the design and function and I haven't found anything yet that they missed the mark on.
    Cheers,
    Bob

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    Shop made with scrap aluminum extrusion for fence. I prefer the "U" shape style for getting in closer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Shepard View Post
    I did this one primarily because the DP doesnt have tilt capability.
    http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...2&d=1184509513
    I was going to use T-track but opted to do the T-slots with a router bit (LV) to save a few bucks.
    Now that a drill press... Nice!
    Garry

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