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A Better Drill Press Table

By: Bryan Nelson
Even a small, benchtop drill press is a great upgrade for your shop. One way to get even more out this versatile tool is to add a table and fence designed for woodworking.

I wanted to add a table and fence to my drill press. But I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. So I built the simple drill press table with a replaceable insert and fence you see here. The fence is adjustable and has a sliding stop.

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The table is two layers of 3/4" plywood that are glued together. A dado on the top side at each end holds T-tracks for attaching the fence.


Two T-tracks installed in the bottom face of the table are used to attach the table to the drill press.

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The fence is nothing more than a length of aluminum angle. Slotted holes at each end accept a pair of T-track bolts from the table so you can quickly mount and adjust the fence to meet almost any drilling challenge.

To help position and hold the workpiece, I added a stop block to the fence. It’s simply a block of wood attached to an aluminum bracket. A knob and T-nut , are used for adjusting the block and securing it in position on the fence.


Published: Dec. 17, 2015
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