Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Central North Carolina
Before I bought a floor standing drill press, I had the base of my bench drill press mounted backwards and the head and table positioned to hang off the front edge of the bench, much like you show in the photo. For long work I used boxes and scraps piled on the floor to hold my work at the needed height to drill the holes. Using drill progressively longer bits with extended shanks, I was able to drill center holes for lamps, etc. this way. I now have the floor standing drill press, plus two bench drill presses, so the bench drill presses are both mounded to the bench the normal way to reduce the needed floor space that the backwards mounting required. We come up with all kinds of ways when we don't have the right equipment and are desperate to do certain projects. To me, that's part of the "Fun of woodworking".
I think I would have put the threaded inserts in the bottom of the short legs and the hanger bolts in the top of the extensions. This way it would be easy to use the table either way easily, if you later decided to remove the extensions. Both ways work, but my way makes it easier if you should ever want the extensions removed to use the short leg table again.
Last edited by CharleyL; 03-07-2020 at 11:02 AM.