ROLL-AROUND DRILL PRESS STAND
A clever storage unit for a benchtop drill press.
SHOP OWNER: Neal White
LOCATION: San Jose, CA
This is my "Drilling Center." I have limited shop space, so I decided to make maximum use of the space I do have, and make it possible to leave the tablesaw and workbench stationary. I also wanted to try and organize my shop to keep like operations and tools together.
The Drilling Center was made with a fir 2x4 frame covered with 3/4-in. CDX plywood. I thought I would need a lot of weight for stability; however, it is heavier than it needs to be, as I have filled it up with an assortment of tools that make excellent ballast!
I mounted the bench-top drill press offset toward the rear. By loosening two set screws in the drill head, I can swivel the head around and get full height capacity. I measured a couple of floor-model drill presses, and then made my base so that my drill head is about one inch lower, as I am 5 ft.-7 in., and that height seems more comfortable to me. The base includes a 24-in. drawer for drills, sanding mandrels and other drilling-related attachments.
The drawer operates on heavy-duty full-length drawer slides, because I knew the small widgets would work their way to the back of the drawer. The lower compartment is simply an open area behind the doors for storing drill motors. On the front left corner, I mounted a metalworking vise, so I don't have to use the wooden-jawed vise on my workbench when drilling metal. I also added a power strip so I can leave the worklight and battery chargers for the cordless drills plugged in.
The only changes I would make would be to make it out of a better grade of material and make it somewhat lighter. I have since made a similar stand of birch ply with maple frame-and-panel doors to replace the metal legs on my bandsaw to take advantatge of that wasted space. Now I can keep all the blades and jigs together. Look out, world--I'm getting organized!... Neal White
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