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    Rapid Exchange Multi Tool Drill Press Table

    I have a custom woodworking table on my drill press. I use it 75-80 percent of the time. But it feels like I am constantly removing it to do some odd metal work or something the table doesn't support. When done, I have to reverse the process and replace whatever accessory I needed with my wood working table setup. Not the biggest problem in the world .... but it always takes a few valuable minutes to swap out.

    With this setup I have a second tool surface that allows a rapid exchange. Now I never have to remove and reinstall my wood working table. I don't have the $ or space for a second drill press, so for me it's great.

    In the video you can see how smooth the rotational action is. The guide pin system locks previous positions in with great accuracy. Usually I leave the second surface open, but in this case I had a low cost cross slide vice on it.... so I just left it in place versus removing and storing.

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    That's a nice system shopstorm. And that locking mechanism looks pretty smooth.

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    Thanks! I really appreciate the feedback.
    Quote Originally Posted by DIYer View Post
    That's a nice system shopstorm. And that locking mechanism looks pretty smooth.

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    Thanks shopstorm! I've added your Multi Tool Drill Press Table to our Drilling and Drill Presses category, as well as to your builder page: shopstorm's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:


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    As additional notes.

    The unit is all steel, except for the woodworking table, which is a separate component.

    The unit itself replaces the stock table. The single mounting bolt from the stock rack is repurposed to attach a bearing post. A carriage rotates around the post and supports the tool/drilling surfaces. Surface positions are located and locked in using a very precise guide pin system. The surfaces are completely variable, so you essentially have two drill press tables to configure.

    I usually leave one blank and the other surface houses my wood table.

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    WOW flip the chip Great idea. :O)

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    Quote Originally Posted by capainleeward View Post
    WOW flip the chip Great idea. :O)
    Thanks for the comment.
    This was in another post of mine, but the same core system can be added to a bench as well.
    Take a look at my grinder and vice setup.

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    Another great shopstorm tool build!

    I see you've got a nice website up at ShopStormTools.com. When do we get to see these tools hit the market? Is there a Kickstarter for them? If you do end up crowdfunding them, I'd be interested in being a backer.

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    Functional and aesthetically-pleasing. The contrasting wood looks really nice. Well engineered and executed shopstorm.

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    Thanks.

    I will keep you posted. I filed a patent for the function a few months ago. I have been trying to get feedback to further refine the design, so I appreciate comments. I will definitely keep you posted. My e-mail is on that site, so feel free to reach out to me directly as well.

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