09-13-2010 03:49 PM
I decided that I would finish my drill press table today. I've had the table attached to my drill press for about a year now and never got around to putting the t-tracks in. So today I didn't have anything else to do, and was thinking about how much of a PIA it is the use clamps the hold my Aluminum angle/ fence in place. So I dug out the t-track, and hardware. I routed out the necessary dados. Then I installed the t-track and gave everything a good wax and wha-la no more PIA clamps to hold the fence in place. Next thing I need to do to it is rout out a pocket and make a few sacrificial inserts to drill into. Maybe I'll get to that one next year LOL!!!
09-13-2010 08:39 PM - edited 09-13-2010 08:42 PM
Love it, Tarner. I did the same a couple years ago. I feel like a "wood machinist" when I step up to the drill press now that it works so smoothly.
What kind of T-track is that? I don't recognize the color. Rockler's is blue, and pricey! What does yours cost?
Very nice table.
Hey, I noticed the Kennedy toolbox in the background. Kennedy is, of course, the box of choice for machinists. Does that describe you?
Mark in Atlanta
09-13-2010 09:07 PM
I don't remember what brand the t-tracks were. I picked them up at a hardware store that also sells wood working tools. I think they got me for about 15 bucks for a four foot stick. I'm not sure though, I've had them for about a year now. As far as the tool boxes I use to be a Tool and Die/Mold Maker for about ten years before I became an Ironworker. Now that construction has taken a nose dive I'd like to get back into tool and die or even woodworking. We'll see, I have a few leads on some jobs. Just have to see how they pan out.
09-13-2010 09:14 PM - edited 09-13-2010 09:14 PM
Good luck with that, Tarner - it's a tough economy. I'll bet the tool & die world is recovering some now. I deal with precision machine shops (but not T&D shops) from time to time, and they are all slammed with work.
Really nice DP table.
09-13-2010 09:39 PM
Nice start on that table, Tarner.
Will you provide for a removable center piece?
09-15-2010 07:01 PM - edited 09-15-2010 07:05 PM
I got mine (red) from hartvilletool.com. $13.99 per 4' piece. Great job on the table no matter what track you used.
"Better to wear it out than to let it rust."