Drill Press Table for free-standing floor press. Mounts in place of small metal table supplied by Delta on 16 1/2 inch unit. Should be adaptable to other models. Removable/replaceable center for 3 inch sanding drum.
Build these hold down clamps and keep your fingers safe and your workpiece steady with a few pieces of wood and the turn of a T-nut.
It is no secret that the metal table on a drill press is not suitable for woodworking. But with a couple hours in your shop, you can give your drill press an upgrade.
Recently, I made a cribbage board and needed a way to accurately drill the several rows of holes. I solved this problem by building a drill press jig with a micro-adjustment feature.
This drillpress jig cuts plugs in long rows on narrow strips of wood, so there is minimal waste left around each plug. And once the plugs are cut, they can be stored on the long, thin strip or cut from the strip using a bandsaw.
As any drill press user knows, trying to clamp a workpiece directly to the cast iron table can be trying. The reinforcing ribs on the underside of the table can sometimes make positioning and tightening a clamp nearly impossible. After struggling with this problem for far too long, I resolved to solve it with this drill press insert.
I have seen lots of fancy drill press tables for large drill presses but never anything for the small bench top presses. I decided to take it upon myself to design and build my own. It looks very similar to the big ones and I have used some of ideas that looked like they would fit a small table.
There are sets of depth stops available for standard brad-point drills, but not for the wider size range of twist drills. Here is a solution.
Manufactured stop collars are great for drilling holes at a consistent depth. But they do not help keep the bit square to the board you are drilling into. So I made a simple depth stop jig in my shop that works for both.
A recent project called for drilling a row of very accurately spaced holes. To do this easily on the drill press, I came up with a simple indexing system.