This year, I'm on a mission to improve my garage and increase garage productivity. My previous post on the shop light installation was a step in the direction of garage improvement. The drill press needed a stand badly.
I started this project back in early November 2013 when I ordered hardware from Rockler.com. Several of the items I ordered were backordered. These must be on high demand. This is the Rocker hardware cost:
|32" Shop Stand Legs, Set of 4|
Item # 60749
|18" Stand Stretchers, Set of 4|
Item # 60757
|24" Stand Stretchers, Set of 4|
Item # 60764
- 8 feet of 2X10 board - $7
- Mounting hardware - $10
- Mobile Base - $45
- Paint - $3
- It is sturdy. This will last me for years to come unlike the last stand.
- There are options to attach drawer hardware later. This option will increase garage efficiency further in future.
- The stand sits on a mobile base. The mobile base will allow me to move the drill press and the storage underneath it (that will be a future project) to the desired work location in the garage. My garage is small and having power tools on mobile bases is a huge blessing.
- We want the stand (table) top to be nearly flush with the stand. Cut the 2X10 into 24 1/2" long boards.
- Joint the cut boards using a router table with jointing option or a hand-held jointer or jointer. Jointing creates a straight edge which is perpendicular to the flat board face. I use 1/32" adjustment on my Kreg router table. Two straight edge is necessary to have a good glue up.
- Glue the edge of the boards.
- Attach wooden support for extra stability of the top.
- Round the board edge using 5/16" round over router bit.
- Sand the top and sides using 80, 150 and 220 grit sand paper successively
- Clean the dust
- Apply a coat of finish and let it dry
- Attach the top using #10 screw and 6mm washers to the stand.