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Should I use 3/8 bolts to fasten the drill press? Is 2 enough or should there be 4? Should I put 2 or 3 brace in the back to keep from racking?
Should I use carriage bolts?
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full back and 4 bolts..

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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I am with Stick plywood full back and 4 3/8" carriage bolts.
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A back is a given braces are for racking. Were on the same page. Thanks all I know I could count on you.
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Gary, it took me a while to find my thread, but here is the link to the cabinet I built for my drill press. It has worked great. Hope you find some inspiration.

https://www.routerforums.com/show-n-...s-cabinet.html

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Gary, it took me a while to find my thread, but here is the link to the cabinet I built for m drill press. It has worked great. Hope you find some inspiration.

https://www.routerforums.com/show-n-...s-cabinet.html
Wow Mike that’s one hell of a job . Very interesting base also. Had to bookmark this for a future project
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Four bolts- little bit good, whole lot better as my grandfather would say. I made my DP/BS table out of 2x4s and a laminate sink cut out. Let's see some photos of the finished cabinet.

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Gary; this has come up in the past; the DP on top of a narrow cabinet is inherently unstable, especially if it's on castors. You need a fairly wide footprint to avoid the possibility of the DP falling over. A lot of weight low down in the cabinet helps as well. Being bolted to the cabinet gives a false sense of security, if it has a narrow base.
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Gary; this has come up in the past; the DP on top of a narrow cabinet is inherently unstable, especially if it's on castors. You need a fairly wide footprint to avoid the possibility of the DP falling over. A lot of weight low down in the cabinet helps as well. Being bolted to the cabinet gives a false sense of security, if it has a narrow base.
I can attest to my set up. I drilled all of my cabinet door hinge pockets without issue. That included some tall doors. I think the HF castors, which are outboard of the cabinet, helped steady the entire cabinet/drill press.
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Re Mike's experience; There must be a recognized formula for establishing a safe base width? I think ( without going and checking*) mine is 2X the DP table width(?), with the castors at the outer edges.

* It's poring rain so nope, nope, nope...
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