Auxiliary Drill Press Table

Adding an auxiliary table to expand the work surface and accommodate accessories can enhance the functionality of the drill press and make life in the shop more enjoyable.

This auxiliary table is made primarily from inexpensive medium-density fibreboard (MDF), clad with a durable layer of plastic laminate, although plywood is also a good option.

The table features disposable wood inserts that can be popped out and replaced when they become too riddled with holes. It also has an adjustable fence system that can accommodate a multitude of useful accessories, such as fence stops and hold-down clamps. After building this handy add-on for your drill press, you’re going to wonder how you ever got along without it.

Auxiliary drill press table
Auxiliary drill press illo

Build a Moxon Vise

A Moxon vise clamps to any work surface and raises your workpiece to a convenient height while holding it rock-solid. It’s a great accessory to have if you do a lot of detailed hand work, such as cutting dovetails, inlaying and letter carving. It’s quick, easy and cost efficient to make. This little bench top helper will lend a hand at a moment’s notice.

Moxon vise

A Sawhorse: How to Build a Silent Partner

We don’t have to tell you how handy sawhorses are in the shop. They act like silent partners, assisting us whenever we need extra support.

This design comes from James Krenov, and it’s simple yet quite ingenious. While studying at Rosewood Studio I made them not only as a shop aid but also as a way to reinforce lessons in joinery.

A-frame-style sawhorses have a tendency to splay with heavier loads and don’t always store neatly out of the way. This one is made mostly from 1″ by 3″-wide stock. Hardwoods such as maple or white ash work best, take all the abuse we are going to throw at it and don’t cost an arm or a leg.

Shop made sawhorse
sawhorse illustration