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post #1 of 6 Old 08-04-2020, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Asymmetrical Drill Press Table

I wanted to make a drill press table for my benchtop drill press. It had to be a small table due to the space available around my drill press. I wanted easy access to the column height handle which dictated the asymmetrical design.

I cut a 17” arc for the fence. Anchoring the fence behind the drill press column caused an angle allowing access to the platen height handle. I added a 3” cutout for sacrificial blocks and I added a couple ¾” holes to allow the use of a hold down.

On the bottom I mounted tabs shaped to fit the slots in the drill press platen and I added platen clamps.

The table design is indexed to the column so sliding the table to the column then, rotate the table until the tabs find the platen slots. The tabs fit snug but I figure they will wear, then I’ll use the platen clamps.
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Very interesting. Cool idea.

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I'm not clear on the uses of this table..Can you explain further? What sorts of things will you make that need this table?

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I made a drill press table that the Woodsmith folks designed. The crank that raises and lowers the table was a problem so I replaced it with a socket wrench which can be worked without hitting the table. And the socket wrench moves the table up and down more quickly than the crank that came with the drill press.
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I'm not clear on the uses of this table..Can you explain further? What sorts of things will you make that need this table?
My immediate need is to be able to drill holes a uniform distance from an edge. I've seen drill press tables with all kinds of T-slots and adjustments but my needs are simple. Since it is designed for limited, general use I wanted something that can be easily installed and removed. I added the hold down feature after loosing control holding and drilling a piece of plastic (earning a blackened thumbnail).

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What is the peg in the third photo (on one of the four table inserts) ?


Just realized... it's the column clamping lever.

I like how you think outside the box... with your design you can swing the table against the post to keep it aligned and on center with the bit. I like the fence swing action allowing for accurate one handed micro adjustments... and you can work from either side of the fence. I am going to copy your idea, Thanks for posting!

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