How to Build a Drill Press Stand
If you don't have anywhere to put your drill press, consider building a drill press stand. This stand will have to be very sturdy because it must bear a heavy load and withstand intense vibrations. The exact style and configuration of the stand you design will depend on your needs. If you just need to bring the drill closer to eye level, then a simple design will suffice. If you require storage space or mobility, consider designs with shelves, cabinets and wheels.
Step 1 – Decide on a Workplan
If you only need a place to rest your drill press on you can build a simple but sturdy stand. Lay out 2x4-inch boards into a rectangular frame with vertical posts and crossbeams. The stand should be wide enough that the drill press will not fall. Sketch out a diagram to help with the construction later. If you are confident in your carpentry skills you can obtain blueprints for more complicated designs. These often resemble 2-drawer filing cabinets with wheels. In fact, if you have such a filing cabinet available, you can easily convert it into a drill press stand. Raise the height of the cabinet by standing it on a frame of 2x6-inch boards, then bolt the drill press to a plywood sheet on top of the cabinet.
Step 2 – Obtain Materials and Prep Lumber
Gather all the materials required for your chosen design. If you are adding wheels, you might wish to obtain casters with brakes due to the weight of the drill press. Cut the boards and plywood sheets according to your measurements. Drill guide holes at the site of joints. Some of the more complex designs will require you to cut notches or grooves for shelving. Before laying out the wooden pieces, inspect them for rough edges, flaws or irregularities. Sand these down if necessary.
Step 3 – Assemble Stand
Assemble the frame by gluing and screwing joints together. Then fasten the plywood sheets at the top and sides. Assemble the drawers if the plan includes them. If you are using molding pieces as trim, attach them at the edges with a hammer and finishing nails. If you are adding wheels, the last step is to screw the casters on to the bottom.
Step 4 – Sand and Finish
After the glue has dried, sand the piece smooth and finish it with several coats of paint, stain, or varnish. This will protect against abrupt failure due to wood rot.
Step 5 – Add Drill Press
Place the press on the stand. It should not bend, lean or wobble. In some cases, you may wish to bolt the press to the top of the stand.