Woodpeckers Tools have come out with a new drill press table, and it’s packed full of features for the discerning woodworker.
The DP-Pro Drill Press Table is an upgraded version of their current offering and is available for pre-order with a late-September shipping estimate.
Woodpeckers DP-Pro Drill Press Table
In their words, here’s a summary of what Woodpeckers “newest and most innovative drill press” offers:
Woodpeckers new DP-PRO Drill Press Table System installs in minutes on virtually every drill press table on the market, doesn’t interfere with machine adjustments, expands to support longer work and is the first system to effectively integrate dust collection right at the source.
- Improved accuracy
- Simplified installation
- Effective dust control
Starting at the base of the DP-Pro, the table mounts to the drill press table using a grid of slots in the metal base. This provides enough flexibility to mount it to any drill press, regardless of the hole pattern.
This base raises the actual working area of the top by 4″, allowing access to the elevation crank for raising and lowering the drill press table.
The base also features a handy drawer for storing drill bits, chuck keys, and other such accessories you might want quick and easy access to.
Mounted on top of this solid foundation is a 1″ thick plywood top, surfaced with Formica’s Microdot Laminate. It features tracks for the fence, replaceable sacrificial inserts and a cutout that allows the top to fit around the drill press column.
There are extendable wings on both sides of the table, providing support for larger work pieces.
There’s also a new drill press fence system, and 3 lengths to choose from: 24″, 36″, and 48″. The fence includes both metric and imperial measurements.
The fence features an integrated dust port, providing suction directly to the drill head. The port can be mounted on the left or right of the fence.
The new fence kit includes two flip stops with a micro-adjuster dial that allows you to fine tune the position of the holes.
Price: Starting at $370 (for 36″ table and 24″ fence combo package)
Shipping ETA: 9/30/2020
- DP-Pro Fence
- 24″: $70
- 36″: $90
- 48″: $110
- Flip Stops: $30 each
- Knuckle Clamps: $18 each
- DP-Pro Base: $110
- DP-Pro Basic (table top plus base)
- 36″: $260
- 48″: $290
- Full Combo Bundles (table, fence, base, (2) flip stops, (2) knuckle clamps
- 36″ table, 24″ fence kit: $370
- 36″ table, 36″ fence kit : $390
- 48″ table, 36″ fence: $420
- 48″ table, 48″ fence: $440
Table top dimensions are with side wings fully extended outwards; at full extension, a 36″ table and 36″ fence are the same width. You can opt for a smaller fence, such as a 36″ table with 24″ fence, for the fence and table to be the same width as the table when the side wings tucked in.
A couple of years ago I brought one of the Woodpecker Drill Press fence packages. I then built a drill press table top out of MDF and Formica using my Shapeoko CNC Router. It really is a pleasure to use, especially when a project calls for multiple holes. I’m particular fond of it because it’s my most-used CNC-built project so far!
This new top would be a significant upgrade.
I like how they have raised the table up to ensure there’s plenty of clearance for the handle to raise or lower the table, a process that’s always a pain with my table. Then they made good use of the space by building in a drawer; I’m a huge fan of no wasted space. Then there are the extendable wings that add support when working on large pieces, which is a simple but effective idea. The fence has an integrated dust port, which would be helpful, especially when working on large holes.
The updated drill press table is definitely packed with features, and when I do finally take the plunge and get a large floor-mounted drill press I will seriously consider buying this. For my benchtop Wen, this top doesn’t really make sense, but I might consider buying the fence which will work on my table.
The new Woodpeckers DP-Pro drill press table also does extend further back than other drill press tables, and while this doesn’t seem like a big deal, it also gives you a little extra support for when workpieces are supported in that direction. When drilling through certain materials, such as thin plastic or aluminum angles, I like to brace them against a drill press post for safety and anti-rotation purposes, and a little extra support can be a benefit.
I bought an earlier Woodpeckers drill press table package back when a Craftsman 10″ benchtop drill press was all I had the space for, and it was a challenge to mount it it to the itty bitty table top. Now that I have a larger drill press, I have an easier time mounting and removing the table, but even with DIY modifications it’s hardly a smooth process. The new table looks to be much easier to install and remove, something you’ll value if you work with metal and plastic as much as wood as I do.
I like is that the new Woodpeckers system is fully modular. If you don’t already own a Woodpeckers drill press table, getting started with the DP-Pro will set you back from $370 for the smallest configuration, to $440 for the largest. But, you can mix and match to your content, needs, wants, and budget.
If you want just the new base, that part is just $110, and you can use it with existing Woodpeckers drill press tables, your own contraptions, or perhaps even 3rd party tables.
You can upgrade your drill press fence for as little as $70 for the 24″ fence, $90 for the 36″ fence, or $110 for the 48″ fence. With the new dust collection port, this is an upgrade I’ll be making – at the least.
It’s the new table top that comprises much of the cost. With the base ($110 separately), the 36″ table and base bundle is $260, and the 48″ is $290. Flip stops are $30 each.
I’ve been meaning to get a taller fence for my drill press table, and have wished for better dust collection, and I’m eager for a better installation process. Often, I just leave it off.
For my own use, I’m not sure I can justify the price of the full kit, but the fence and a stop block or two are certainly in my future. I might order the base for retrofitting my older tabletop, or splurge on the table and base bundle in the future.