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February 23, 2017

Viewer Built – Drill Press Table for Woodworking

Drill Press Table – Viewer Built

Building a drill press table for woodworking is an excellent idea.  It is a great way to transform a metal drill press into a safe and reliable power tool for the workshop. Simply put, a woodworker will create more drill press projects when the drill press is properly setup with a drill press table and fence.

“The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.”

Marcus Aurelius … 121 – 180 AD, Roman Emperor and Philosopher

 

Drill Press Table 2Bob Melrose, a woodworker and follower of the blog decided to build a drill press table for his woodworking shop after watching the how to woodworking video, Let’s Build a Drill Press Table. Bob did an excellent job. You will notice that Bob’s drill press table has two installed T – tracks for hold down fixtures and jigs. Plus, there is also an adjustable fence for maximum hold down and stop block applications. Bob’s drill press table also includes a removable insert for when a sanding drum is employed. The extended drill press table definitely allows for a maximized work space and it also enhances woodworking safety.

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 Bob, I built a drill press table modeled after the one you made. It has a few differences to fit my needs but the general design is the same. I used 1-⅛” melamine for the table and fence. The fence is just a single piece of 1-⅛ melamine with an Incra track dadoed in extending the entire length. I used cam action clamps to secure the fence. I wanted more travel towards the back and the single fence gives me about 1” more rearward travel. I used the cam clamps because knobs would extend past the fence face and possibly interfere with locating stock against the fence.

For the waste block, I routed out the recess square and made it offset from center.  By doing so, I could rotate the waste blocks to get more uses out of it. I also mounted a small piece of t-track to the back of the fence for storing the stop blocks when not in use. When I need close access to the fence for working on small pieces, I use a clamp saw guide for the fence. That gives me the necessary clearance.
I enjoy your videos and have learned lots. I also made a crosscut sled and a miter sled for my table saw based off of your woodworking videos. My next projects will be the band saw sleds for making wood inlay banding. I really enjoyed those videos. Thanks again

Bob Melrose EMT-P

LumberJocks: Bobmedic

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Whether you decide to build a drill press table or buy one, it’s a good idea. You will work with a greater sense of confidence which makes your woodworking experience much more enjoyable. Keep in mind, building your own drill press table and fence is a great woodworking project for a beginning woodworker as well as for the experienced craftsman.  Enjoy the process.

The Apprentice and The Journeyman University


A Sicilian Walnut Table with Decorative Wood Inlay Banding

“Beauty awakens the soul to act.”
Dante Alighieri…Italian author and poet (1265-1321)

This beautiful and elegant table was recently built in the woodworking shop of a Italian craftsman. Vincenzo, our woodworking friend lives in the beautiful Mediterranean town of Mazara del Vallo which is on the west coast of the island of Sicily. Vincenzo sent pictures of his build that is quite inspiring. His table is made of wonderfully grained walnut and has shop made decorative wood inlay bandings of maple and rosewood. The wood finish consists of six coats of shellac and buffings of wax that bring about a gloss finish.

Vincenzo contacted me towards the end of 2010 after viewing the post, Creating your own Wood Inlay Bandings…The Secrets Revealed. It was at this time that Vincenzo asked if I would consider filming a video of this wood inlay banding pattern. At my Italian friend’s request the video tutorial was filmed and the creation of this banding pattern was documented.
Recommended Video:
Wood Inlay Banding – How to Make Barber Pole Banding

The inlay banding for Vincenzo’s table was built using the band saw along with a shop built tilting band saw miter sled. This was the same technique that was used in the video. As one can see in the photos the inlay segments are all of equal length and have uniform angles that make for nice, tight joints of the banding pattern. The photos also indicate how well the width of the inlaid wood bandings fit into the routed out recesses. It is easy to see that great thought and care were used when making the wooden inlays. Along this same line, keen woodworking skills and patience were employed when the furniture inlays were applied to this exquisite piece of furniture.

Recommended Video:
Tilting Bandsaw Miter Sled

A few things to note:
1.) Check out the classically detailed edging of the cove and bead moulding combination around the tabletop.
2.) Take a look at the table legs which are simply elegant. The legs are tapered, squared to accept the rails, and have a distinctive dado which defines the separation from the square to the taper. There is even a bead element included at the dado relief. This is a very well thought out design!
3.) A front drawer is also included. Notice how the ornamental wood inlay banding design is laid out on the drawer’s face. There is a nice even margin of walnut along the edge of the drawer that is equal to the banding’s width.
4.) The front drawer is constructed with dovetail joinery.

Vincenzo…Thank you for sharing your finished product with all of us as it is very inspiring. Your wonderful wood inlay bandings provide a lovely accent for a finely crafted table that will surely be an heirloom. Great job!

Check out these Wood Inlay Banding Designs:
Buffard Freres…The 1926 Wood Inlay Banding Catalog



The Apprentice and The Journeyman University

A French Built Dedicated Miter Sled

Hello Bob
I’ve seen one of yours videos ( a very interesting video) for a miter sled
I’ve decided to do one for my table saw : all is in the video

Thanks a lot for all yours videos

Have a nice day

Diggerjacks – France

A fellow woodworker who lives in France recently saw one of The Apprentice and The Journeyman’s woodworking videos, Building a Dedicated Miter Sled for the Table Saw. So, he decided to build table saw sled for his workshop. This dedicated miter sled certainly is a beauty and is very well made. It has a plywood base and the woodworker has wisely selected straight grained wood for his fences. Notice how the tall sweeping fence allows for the hands to comfortably push the sled with plenty of clearance from the saw blade. It’s a smart safety feature as well as an elegant design. With an accurate interior fence set at dead-on 90 degrees our fellow woodworker has elevated his woodworking and now he will be confidently cutting perfect table saw miters with ease for a long time. Also, by using a stop block and a clamp along the interior fences he can control the lengths of his cuts with precision.

Another great feature of the sled is that it can also serve as a crosscut sled. 90 degree cuts can also be made when placing stock against the tall fence closest to the woodworker. One can see that the interior fence have an adequate length to cut miters and yet there is also ample room for making crosscuts as well. This is very handy for making quick square cuts and also repetitive uniform cuts of equal length when a stop block is in place.The dedicated miter sled allows for excellent control, dead-on accuracy, and the ability to go into shop production mode for fine woodworking.

Diggerjacks…Great job and thank you for sending in the comment and pictures of your recent build to share with fellow woodworkers!
If you have a build that they would like to share please send your message as well as the pictures of your wood projects.

The Apprentice and The Journeyman University

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