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This project appeared in our January 7, 2006 Newsletter.

Drill Press Table/Fence

I've seen lots of fancy drill press tables for large drill presses but never anything for the small bench top presses. I decided to take it upon myself to design and build my own. It looks very similar to the big ones and I've used some of ideas that looked like they would fit a small table. I use it on my 9" Delta,

so your dimensions may be a little different. The result have been a table/fence that fits good and works good.

Here's what you'll need:
24" X 16" X 3/4" plywood
16" X 1" X 1/2" plywood
T-Track Kit
4' T-Track Kit
4' T-Track Kit


Mark the center of the table on the back 16" side. Mark 1" in and drill a 2" hole. This will be to clear around the post of the drill press.
Cut straight in to the edges of the hole.

Mark the centers of the T-slots 3 1/2" in from each side.
Use an Incra Bend Rule to mark 3/8" on each side of the center line around the edge.

INCRA Precision Bend Rules
INCRA Precision Bend Rules

Set your dado to 1/2" deep. To make setting the height easy I use a Combination Square and Height Gage.

12'' Combination Square 12" Combination Square Hi-Gage Square Attachment Hi-Gage Square Attachment

Measure T-Slot Height Measure Blade Height

Set the height gage to the T-track and then transfer that setting to the dado blade.
Cut the dado's across the table.
Center the steel table on your drill press. You can do this with a drill bit that is close to the diameter of the hole in the steel plate.

Center Table

Place the table onto your drill press and square it up.
Mark the edges of the steel table onto you wooden table.

Mark Table

Cut the stiffeners to fit between the previous mark and the edge of the table. Mine were 10" X 4 5/8".
Glue and nail the stiffeners to the bottom of the table.

Bottom Stiffeners

Cut the T-track to fit into the slots on the table. Drill and countersink holes in the T-track.
Screw the T-track into the table.

Now we'll build the fence.
Cut the fence 16" X 1 3/4".
Cut a dado across the front top edge to fit the T-Track. Make sure that it ends up flush to the front of the fence.
Cut two fence bases 3" X 3 1/2".
Drill two clearance holes for the T-bolts as shown below.

Drill Fence Base

Mount the bases onto the table with the T-bolts in the T-tracks. Glue and screw the bases flush to the fence.
Cut the T-track to fit the fence. Drill and counter sink mounting holes in the T-track.
Cut a 1/2" think fence stiffener 16" X 1".
Glue the fence stiffener to the back of the fence and screw the T-track to the front.

Complete Fence

I made a cutout in the center of the table so that I can use a drum sander bit on my drill and go below flush. First find the center of the table by installing it on the drill press and marking the center with a drill bit.

Drill Center

Using a 2" Forstner bit drill 1/2" into the center of the table.
Use the 2" Forstner bit to mark the outline of the insert on 1/2" hard wood.
Using the band saw cut out the insert.

Cut Out Insert

Drill a 1 1/2" hole through the center of the table.

Drill Table

As you can see in the picture of the fence I made a stop that goes on the front of the fence.

That's about it. We hope you liked this project. If you build it and your friends ask where you got such a clever idea, please tell them that you got it at

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