A table is a really great addition to any drill press, it provides extra support for your work and allows the use of inserts to prevent chip-out from the drill press, even if you don’t really need a fence just the table can be really quite useful.
Plans for the table and fence built bellow can be downloaded in the form of a Google Sketchup Model for free here:
The video bellow demonstrates the processes involved in building this drill press table.
The first stage is to take the MDF or plywood board which will be used for the table, this could be any size, I made this one 350 x 500mm, as this will best suit the space I have. Two 6mm grooves are routed into the table to allow the fence to be positioned where needed. The 6mm slot will suit an M6 coach bolt, this is an alternative to setting a T-track into the MDF.
Next a hole is drilled at the back of each slot so the fence can be dropped in place as shown above, avoiding the need to unscrew the bolts completely.
So an insert, to prevent chip-out from the drill bit, can be used a portion of the table is cut out using a jigsaw. The insert is off centre on the table, this will allow it to be rotated so that the most use can be made from each insert.
A lip is routed for a 12mm (1/2″) insert and is then chiseled square. As seen above the corner of the insert is cut out, this will prevent dust from getting stuck in the corner of the rebate, which may stop the insert from sitting flush with the surface of the table.
To finish off the insert, using a forstner bit a small finger hole is drilled at the front of the insert, this makes it easier to take it out when needed.
Final touches to the table include rounding off the corners as well as cutting out a portion at the back of the table, to allow room for the pillar of the drill press.
With the table finished the table is attached to the table of the drill press with four counter-bored bolts. You could do this differently and the plans do in fact contain an idea for a removable table but, as I will not be taking the table off there was no need to do this.
So that I could attach a stop block I made a T-track in the fence. To do this a dado is cut in the front of the fence and a piece of hardboard or plywood is glued to the front. Then at the tablesaw by cutting through the hardboard in the centre of the dado a cheap T-track is formed!
The fence itself is made out of MDF, of course plywood could also be used. Two strips of 18 x 60mm MDF, which is 450mm long are used, these are simply glued and screwed together. 60mm is not all that tall but keeping the fence short prevents contact with the chuck of the drill press with small items, an extension could be clamped on when necessary.
A small cutt-out is made in the fence which will be used for dust extraction.
Some small wooden blocks are glued and screwed to the fence to provided support and keep it square. The two central supports also hold a piece of plywood with a hole drilled in the centre to allow a shop vac to be hooked up when needed.
Final touches to the fence include routing a chamfer on the bottom edge of the fence to prevent wood chips from skewing registration of work against the fence.
A stop block is also made out of a few scraps of wood and a coach bolt which can then slide into the T-track.
That is all there is to this very simple drill press table, be sure to check out the plans for this table, they are free after all!
Be sure to watch the video at the top of the page to see how each stage works. Feel free to make as many changes as you like to your own design so it best suits your own needs!