Drill Press Table review

I got around to building the drill press table from the "The Ultimate Jigs and Fixtures Handbook" that you get free with a subscription to Woodsmith Magazine. It was super easy to build, I loved the method for building the T-Track (You route a 5/8" dado in the base plywood, then glue hardboard over it. Then route a 1/4" groove top dead center over the existing dado.) The replaceable inserts are also a wonderful thing.
Things I did different than the plans:
1. I used a 45 degree bevel on the inserts instead of 15 degrees. I didn't pay attention to the directions is the reason, but I figure 45 degrees will be easier to remember when I have to make more.
2. I used 1/4" plywood instead of hardboard. I had it laying around
3. I used machine bolts which I counter sunk into the top and attached with wing nuts on the bottom rather than T-nuts placed between the base and lamination. I didn't have t-nuts laying around.
If you have a round cast table on your drill press, I highly recommend this as a quick, cheap, and easy upgrade.
You really don't need the plans to build it, but if you want the plans, I found them at http://store.yahoo.com/plansnow/dril.html
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Jay wrote:

Care to post photos?
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I'll post on saturday after I get back from the business trip. I'm also planning on posting my Dog crate/end table.

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FriscoSoxFan wrote:

Thanks. I'll be waiting. ;-)
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You lost me. What is "top dead center"? Can you post a picture?
Bob
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Never mind. I figured it out by looking at the small picture at the link you posted. It became obvious when I saw the hardboard you mentioned was the size of the whole top. I thought you were gluing a strip of hardboard over a 5/8" dado and it didn't make sense to me.
Bob

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