The drill press has stood on an odd little triangular bench that was in
the corner of the shop when I moved here. I'm planning to build it a
bench of its own. The question is whether to build a small one, to
support the drill only, or a larger one so I can put other stuff down
beside it. The small base would have a footprint little bigger than a
floor standing drill press. That allows me to get all around it easily.
Either way I'll put some shelves in to store drill bits and so on. Do
you think I should go for a larger or smaller one?
"Any PC built after 1985 has the storage capacity to house an evil spirit,"
Reverend Jim Peasboro
Larger.It will be more stable. I built a cabinet about 24"square. It has a
drawer to hold drill bits and accessories and under that it holds my pancake
compressor. It is on 4" casters so it can be easily moved out from it
hiding spot if needed. If interested I can sed you a photo of what I made.
Agreed. Unless you keep some heavy tool boxes or some such on the bottom
shelf it'll be top heavy. That's why free standing drill presses have
heavy cast-iron bases.
When you have several items to drill, you'll be happy to have space to
either side to put them.
My father took an old dresser and put a drill press on one end, a bench
grinder on the other end and a small jointer in between toward the back.
It's on castors so to use the jointer you just swing it out away from
the wall. And of course a dresser already has drawers in it.
I built a stand with casters and a drawer and a shelf below. I'm very happy
You can see it here...
If you want some dimensions, e-mail me.
I notice your shop floor is tile. (Looks like you're using sawdust as
grout ;-). Is it ceramic or linoleum?
I've got a ceramic tile floor in my shop (i.e. big depressions between
the tiles, at least from a 2" wheel's point of view), so I'm curious
about mobile bases - do the wheels get caught in the grout
depressions? Do machines or tools get rattled or lose alignment when
you move them across the room?
I was wondering if skids (like skis with UHMW on the bottom), instead
of wheels, might solve these problems, but first I want to find out if
this is actually a problem.
I laid ceramic tile in my shop over the concrete about 10 years ago &
have had no trouble with casters getting stuck in the grout lines.
They're only about 1/4" wide & almost flush with the tile. The bigger
problem I've had is damage whenever I drop something hard (like a
hammer) which can chip or crack the tile. Then I have to drag out the
air chisel & remove/replace the tile. I've got it down to about an
hour with grouting, but it's still a PITA!
for a long time I had mine on a base made from one pedestal from a
steel office desk. it was heavy and strong and had drawers and a pull
out writing surface that was very handy at the press. I put a mobile
base under it and filled the base with bits and drill press vises and
such and it was very stable
On Fri, 13 Feb 2004 19:40:20 +1300, Don Mackie
Here's my example of a mobile stand for a benchtop drill press. I saw a
similar stand on another website, but the base was much wider. I find that
mine is very stable:
I have limited floor space, so I went with a narrow design. Also, I
built a double top so the drill press base sits underneath a flat MDF
work surface. Gives me a nice flat table for drilling larger pieces or
using as a small workspace instead of the lumpy drill press base. Here
Let me suggest to you that when you post an URL you include "http://" (without
the quotations) immediately before the address. That will create a clickable
link rather than making folks do a cut and past like I just did.
That being said, I LIKE your adaptations. I particularly like the combination
table saw / router table / storage cabinet. I've got to do something like that
for router bit and jig storage.
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