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I tossed together a crude platform for my drill press a while ago. Been wanting one for a long time so I can support longer pieces easier and also clamp them before drilling at times.

I don’t know if the slots in the iron platform were meant to work this way but they made a convenient way to bolt my platform on and loosen to slide when I need to raise or lower the platform. I loosen the wingnuts below, slide it out to give the crank room to operate, and then slide back when I get it where I want it.

I keep thinking I would like a fence for it but I can’t really see a need. I always precision mark my wood before drilling and then use a piloted bit like a bradpoint or forstner bit. Also my drill press is not very large at all and a fence would take away from needed depth between the bit and the post supporting the whole machine.
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Nice. I like the guides on the sides.

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Duane - looks good. Tables on table-top drill presses are far too small. I've got two DPs but haven't got around to making a table for either one.
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Not a thing wrong with that.

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I added a fence to mine, Duane, and use it most of the time. I also cut a notch in the rear of the table for the hand crank so I don't have to move the table laterally to adjust it up and down. The side T-tracks are for the fence, and the front T-track is for a hold down. I routed a T-track into the fence for the sliding stop block you can see on the right side. The strange thing next to the crank notch is my poor-man's micro adjustor for the fence.
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That last post just made me rethink my entire top. I used scrap I had laying around to make it and I’m out of material so I’ll put a few miles on it as built but my next one will have an insert like that one has. Good idea!
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Duane. on mine I did similar to Oliver's and cut a semi circle in the back on the "L" of the base of the fence so the column doesn't hold the fence out more than 3/4"and the fence clamps are on both ends. I have found that fence's are quite handy on the DP.
As you can see the half round cut out on the vertical leg of Olivers' is to give the drill chuck clearance to be tighter to the fence.
I like the way you mounted the table to the cast iron one. You might think about putting some hand wheels on the table bolts under the table.
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Yes I’d prefer knobs over wingnuts. I just used what I had laying around. The plywood I used was even already cut to that size. But I see what you’re saying about the table extending beyond the back of the original table to allow room for the fence to sit, with a notch for clearance. The loss of depth would be minimal this way. These are good things to know for my second table top. I’m sure I’ll be making another after using this one and seeing what I like about it and what it still lacks.
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By the way, I have discovered that I much much much prefer making my own tools over purchasing already made devices. The work bench I’ve been building, and the miter saw cart before that, and now this table top have all showed me that it is much more fun, turns out far better, and is custom designed to my own tastes far moreso than anything I could buy in a store. Speaking about the “poor man’s” micro adjustment, I love it, and I’d do the same exact thing before buying one.
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Would be nice if there was a clever/cheap way to extend the crank out so the platform doesn't have to be moved to raise and lower it.
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