Drill Press Table

It’s accurate, easy to use and built to last.

by Steve Shanesy
pages 30-32

From the April 2012 issue, #196

There are all manner of drill press tables and fences, from a simple 2×4 clamped to the machine’s cast iron table to ones with gadgets and gizmos galore. The latter is not my style, so when the time came to replace my drill press table the list of requirements was short:

• Accuracy. The table must be flat and stay flat, and the fence must be square to the table.
• Ease of use. My prior table had a fence fixed to the table itself, so every fence adjustment required loosening and tightening F-style clamps to the irregular bottom of the cast iron table.
• Longevity. Though I tried not to, I eventually fouled my old table by drilling into it too many times.
• Workholding. There are times when I need to clamp down my work but normal clamps won’t reach.

With these issues in mind, I developed the drill press table seen here.

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From the April 2012 issue #196.
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