Drill Press, Dedicated Mortiser Workbench

When the shop was first built, the drill press sat at the west end of the shop just the the left of the window.

It was mounted above a set of drawers.


The OEM drill press work table was the typical small metal table.


A shop built table was installed.

The area to the right of the window was used for a Swedish work bench and a bandsaw.


A series of Kaizen overhauls and the building of some new workbenchs meant major relocations.

The single set of drawers and the double sets of drawers were reconfigured.


This put the drill press to the right of the window with a "temporary" MDF sheet as a working surface.

When a dedicated bench mortising unit was secured it lived at the left end of the bench.

Another migration put a fourth set of drawers at this end of the shop...they served as a Festool holder.

I decided to move the four sets of drawers in tight and to create a new benchtop to hold all of the equipment.

A new outfeed table for the Powermatic 66 was in the works so the worktop will be made out of the same materials. Double 3/4 inch ply with a Formica surface and oak banding.


Oak sheet goods were ripped and crosscut in the garage at the Benchmark table.

The plywood base will be 23 inches deep and 65 inches long. Here the bottom piece of oak ply is marked out for screw holes. There will be 27 screws.

Counterbores were made for the heads of the 1 1/4 inch, coarse thread drywall screws.

The bottom surface of the top ply was covered in glue, spread with a piece of cardboard and glue brushes.
Surface is ready...

Cindy and I then laid the bottom of the sandwich onto the glue surface. The most important edges, the front, were carefully made coplaner and clamped to avoid movement.

Then the bottom was screwed into the top and clamped. The heavy tool box was put in the middle to hold down the center.

After removing the clamps, the edges were assessed.

The long edges were ripped at the P66...the ends were made coplanar and square by crosscutting at the MFT3 table.

There was a piece of oak plywood that came off the top piece...it was repaired with Timbermate and then sanded.


There were a couple of small front edge gaps between the two plys...a few extra screws near the edge tightened these gaps.
A 4 x 8 sheet of Formica laminate (49 x 97) was ordered from the Orange BORG...Dove Gray.
Cindy, Max and I ripped the laminate on the P66...the ends were crosscut with the Bosch jig. All edges were cut 3/8 inch oversized.
Cindy and I laminated the slab in the garage...the wood slab was laid on a workbench and the contact cement was brushed on...took about 7 minutes.
The laminate backside was coated at the Benchmark work bench.
We waited 40 minutes for the to-be-mated surfaces to dry...then we laid out dowels on the wood slab...these acted as spacers to keep the surfaces from touching.
Then Cindy and laid the laminate on top of the dowels and centered the laminate so that there was an overhange on all sides.
We started at one end and on cue, Cindy pulled the dowels out one by one as I rolled out any air pockets.
The laminate is down...with appropriate overhangs on all sides.

Trimming the laminate flush to the plywood...using a straight flush bit with a bearing in the PC trim router.

Greased the bearing with Crisco...greatly reduced the glue build up.

The finished edge trim on the laminate. This is now a 1 9/16 inch slab.
The drawer units and the current workbench that will make the base for the new work top.
The MDF top of the three units was not previously secured...it had been a "temporary" that stayed about five years.
The four drawer units were pushed up against one another.
The mortiser and the drill press were temporarily relocated.
Moved the slab to the drawer units.
Used a sanding block with 150x paper to clean and lightly bevel the laminate edge.
Clamps were used to dry fit the mitered corners of the oak banding.

Glued and screwed...pre-drilled, counter sunk screw holes made attachment easier.

Used #8 x 1 3/4 inch square drive screws...started at 10 inch intervals on the end...opted to go to 5 inch intervals on the front.

Tools and storage items back in place.
Greatly enhanced bench area.



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