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Shop-Made Drill Press Table Add-ons

By: John Doyle
John concludes his drill press table build by sharing a few add-ons that can make your time at the drill press easier. This handful of accessories are useful on any drill press table that you have.

You can find the step-by-step plans to build this Woodworking Drill Press Table and accessories at

While a table and fence are a great addition to any drill press, you can make them even more useful with a few handy accessories — a stop block and an adjustable hold-down are a great place to start.

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The stop block makes it easy to drill a hole in the same location over and over on any number of workpieces.

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The best thing about the stop block is its simplicity. It’s just a piece of 3⁄4" plywood with a hole drilled in it. A flange bolt, washer, and knob secure it in place (Figure 1). And rounded or chamfered corners provide dust relief.

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The details for building the hold-down are shown in Figure 2. Like the stop lock, it mounts to the T-track in the table with a flange bolt, washer, and knob. To minimize its profile, I trimmed it to a triangular shape and then sanded all the corners smooth (Figure 2a).

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All that’s left to complete the hold-down is to add the toggle clamp. The nice thing about the toggle clamp is that the clamping pad is adjustable. This feature allows you to securely clamp workpieces of varying thicknesses to the drill press table.

To find out more information on making your own shop-made hold-downs and knobs, check the accompanying articles on

Published: June 28, 2021
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