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Hi all:

Hope your weekend was good.

I finally got to do some more work, on the "Great Bird Cage Project" and I ran into an issue of needing more support on the drill press. I was drilling blind holes in the front cage doors for threaded inserts, and I was having a terible time trying to get the hole lined up and support it on the small table on my drill press.

I decided I need to get a bigger table on the drill press, I looked at the ones that Rockler has and I found them kind of pricey for what I was getting, so I decided to make my own.

Im looking for advise on what the table should have, what does and doesn't work, what size is a good workable size, thickness, top material, etc. etc.

While at rockler I purchased the t-slot and hold down kit to use; hold down kit now I just have to build it.

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Hi all:

Hope your weekend was good.

I finally got to do some more work, on the "Great Bird Cage Project" and I ran into an issue of needing more support on the drill press. I was drilling blind holes in the front cage doors for threaded inserts, and I was having a terible time trying to get the hole lined up and support it on the small table on my drill press.

I decided I need to get a bigger table on the drill press, I looked at the ones that Rockler has and I found them kind of pricey for what I was getting, so I decided to make my own.

Im looking for advise on what the table should have, what does and doesn't work, what size is a good workable size, thickness, top material, etc. etc.

While at rockler I purchased the t-slot and hold down kit to use; hold down kit now I just have to build it.

Thanks in advance.
Danny
Danny,

I too look forward to the responses to your post.

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You will find that a square cutout in the centre of your table useful. Make a set of compatible squares that fit the hole. In some drill holes to give a little clearance for your drum/bobbin sanders. The others will be replaceable inserts for drilling.
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Here is one I made, Danny...

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Here's one I ran up on out in the wild. Looks pretty nice.

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Thanks Guys: Thats what I was looking for.

Now I have a question....

George's DP table has the t-track running both directions (front to back, and right to left) the other link from Bob shows the t-track running front to back only.

Does the t- track running right to left get used a lot, or do you find you are using the front to back ones more? (Just trying to figure out if I need to buy intersection)

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Danny,

I too look forward to the responses to your post.
So do I. I am also looking for some guidance on general dimensions.

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Thanks Guys: Thats what I was looking for.

Now I have a question....

George's DP table has the t-track running both directions (front to back, and right to left) the other link from Bob shows the t-track running front to back only.

Does the t- track running right to left get used a lot, or do you find you are using the front to back ones more? (Just trying to figure out if I need to buy intersection)

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Danny, I don't think you really need the right to left track. In fact, I can't find the track or intersections at HF. I think maybe the don't carry it any more.

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Hi George

This is off the point a little bit but you can make your own with the band saw

Or from below

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_hi...ions&x=18&y=17

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...er=tee%20track
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...Select=Details

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Danny, I don't think you really need the right to left track. In fact, I can't find the track or intersections at HF. I think maybe the don't carry it any more.


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