Drill Press Table

Drill Press Table

I have acquired a new drill press. I have had it for about two months now. I picked it up from craigslist for a great price. The drill press has a cast iron top. I’ve had to put down a sacrificial piece of wood in order to use it. Other wise the drill bit would go into the metal top. I thought it was about time to do some about it. Hints the drill press table. 

The table is made from a quarter sheet of plywood. I have to buy my sheet goods in smaller units now because I don’t have a truck to haul it anymore. I pick up a 2′ X 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood to make this project. I have added some features such as replaceable insert, T-Track and a fence. Lets get started, but a quick Thank you to Orange Aluminum for the T-Track. Orange Aluminum sponsored this years 2X4 contest and I was lucky enough to win a $50.00 gift card. I used that gift card to buy the t-track used in this project. Show some love to Orange Aluminum and visit there website.

The table top is two pieces of 3/4″ plywood stacked on top of each other. Once the two pieces are together 8 holes are drilled. Four holes are drilled with a 1″ forsener bit 7/8″ deep. The other four holes are drill all the way through using a 3/8″ brad point bit. Center on the forsener bit hole.
vlcsnap-00004The to pieces for the fence are rough cut and glued together. Did this now so the glue can dry while working on the table. The rough cut was the pieces left over from the 2X4 sheet. The final size of the fence will be 18″X5″
The dado size depends on the width of the t-track, mine was 3/4″ wide and 5/8″ deep. The dado is 5″ from the edge, full width of the table. I used the center drill guide to pre-drill the hole for the screws.
The best part about having a CNC machine it can perform task while you work on other things. For the insert I cut out a 5X5 square. On the table part I used an inside path. For the insert itself I used a outside path. This gave a perfect fit. The second best thing of having a CNC. I can now cut out as many inserts as I want when I need them.
Now that the two pieces for the fence has dried over night. Cut the dado for the t-track and insert it. Cut them to the right width and length. I added a pencil holder witch is just a hole big enough for the pencil.

vlcsnap-00048A few coats of Danish Oil just for a little protection.

The small half mood cut out allows me to just shoot some air under the insert for quick and easy replacement. The adjustable fence rides on two other t-tracks and get tighten down with wing nuts.