I want to make picture frames, which means I need to make a table saw sled, which means I need to make a drill press table....etc. I'm sure you know how it goes.
Anyway, I'm moving towards the drill press table (I *love* google sketchup), but no plans that I've seen address the location of the raising/lowing handle and how to keep from having that interfere.
I've just got a simple 12" Tradesman drill press (with a laser!
). I had planned on just mounting my table directly to the cast iron table that came with the drill. Surprisingly, I actually noticed this little problem before
I did that.
As you can see, the handle comes pretty far forward of the post. Most drill press tables I've seen come all the way back to the post, so that's quite a bit of room lost.
It also is pretty high above.
I could create a table that is completely forward of the handle...but not only will I lose quite a bit of space, I also forsee great difficulty reaching over the table to try and turn the crank...and probably more than a few scraped knuckles.
I think the best choice for using the crank would be to have the table *below* it...that way it is always easily accessible. But that would mean removing the existing table and mounting directly to the post/crank mechanism. I guess if I remove these 2 bolts, there would be something there to attach to...I guess I just fear for the strength of something home-built attached to that and supporting my drill press table weight.
So the other option would be to build the table on the existing cast iron platform, but raised up enough so that the handle is accessible underneath. That may be as much as 4-6" high. A little ungainly, but seems like it may be the best option.
I can't believe I'm the first to have ever had the handle be in the way of building a drill press table...but I cant find any pics or plans on the internet that take it into account.