MLCS Drill Press Table
New and Improved Universal Mounting System. An incredibly priced table with fence mounted stop block, t‑tracks, and removable insert. Add versatility and precision to your drill press with the MLCS 12" x 24" drill press table made of 7/8" thick MDF/Melamine. Includes two T‑Tracks for track mounted accessoriesT‑Track Hold Downs), an adjustable fence that guarantees maximum holding power and a removable insert that can be drilled for any size sanding drum. The Universal mounting system works with any size or shape drill press platter.
MLCS Drill Press Table
SAVE $70! List price $129.90. Includes T‑Track Hold Downs. Sale ends 1/31/2017.
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By Brady Boothe (Eugene OR US)
I have a full size Jet drill press (JDP-17DX). I needed something to hold down wood when drilling and liked the idea of a fence and stop block. Contemplated making my own, but saw the sale on this table and the free hold downs and figured it was worth saving time and materials. This is my first purchase from MLCS. Table is MDF and has a no-frills look. Can't yet speak to the durability as I just got it. Had to look at the website to find a picture (found on the jumbo table entry) on how to use the bottom clamps to hold it to my table. Not complicated but would have been nice to include. Table is narrower front to back than the drill's table and longer by about 3" on each side. My fault for not measuring the drill table and comparing to the specs. Not a big deal since I needed more side to side space than front to back. Perhaps the jumbo would have been a better choice. If you have a bench top drill, this would definitely be additional space. Fence slides smoothly, but it's up to you to square it up. Also, the fence track for the stop block is not aluminum - it's routed out of the MDF. Don't know how durable that is in the long run. Free hold down clamps were a nice bonus, but I was disappointed to discover that their design (a C shape) limits them to clamping straight down onto the track. This means that if what you're drilling isn't long enough to reach the T-track (7-8"), you're out of luck. Looks like I'll have to buy a different kind of t-track hold down that can be angled. Final thoughts - the table is ok, especially for smaller drills. I definitely would not pay full price for it. And honestly, I would have been better off building my own.
By Joe Zuaro (Northfield VT US)
After reading the reviews, I had some concerns about the lack of a metal track in the fence. I called tech support and they said that with a metal track in the fence you could damage a Forstner bit if you inadvertently hit it. I still thought I'd like a metal track in the fence for durability of the table set up. For $13 MLCS threw in a metal track. It was easy to install. One pass on the router table with a 3/4 bit at the proper depth made the perfect mortise for the track. The included track was about an inch too long but the aluminum was easily cut. The track does not come with screws. As with other reviews, I found that I had to remount the mounting bracket. The existing bracket is aligned for a very small drill press table. I used a 1 1/2 Fostner bit to counter sink the mounting plates in their new position. This whole table could be made in your own shop but when you consider the time it would take to make it, the cost of the materials and MLCS adding the free T-track hold downs, you can't beat this deal. Also, the free hold downs fit a standard T'track so they can be used on other equipment. I used them on the fence for my Kreg router table to hold stop blocks. The table is a nice size. When it's mounted on the drill press you can still easily reach the adjustments under and behind the table.
By michael r. mittleman (Saint James US)
My experience tallies with those of several other reviewers: nice enough table, but it does not come close to fitting my Jet model JDP-15M drill press. Reading through other reviews leads to the conclusion that re-drilling the mounting holes is a frequent issue impacting several brands... and a pain. Redesign of the mounting system, anyone?
By maniac424 (Cross River NY US)
It would be nice if they included some instructions for mounting the table to the drill press.
****MLCS NOTE: The mounting instructions will vary based on the configuration of the many different drill presses on the market. Our woodworkers are happy to assist with specific set-up questions via toll-free phone or email.***
By Anonymous ( )
They say it fits most drill presses, but not my Craftsman table mount (small)drill press. You have to move the MLCS table way forward so the height crank can rotate, and you have to remove one of the three arm handles on the press to lower the drill. On small work the chuck hits the fence. Still, its way better than not having this table. I was able to accurately drill multiple parts in the same location, which is what matters most. I will cut down the fence in the middle to accommodate the chuck. Makes my drill press much more accurate. It's worth dealing with the rest.
By Joe Mustola (Clatskanie OR US)
Just received the table,had to redrill new holes to fit my craftsman drill press.
One problem a had was with the fence. The bolt holes on the fence were about 1/4" wider than the t-track.I had to grind down the heads on the hex head bolts and drill over size holes in the fence in order for it to fit in the track. Now I can move the fence without it binding. Other than that it looks like a nice table and should work better for wood working.
By William Logan (Bergen County Ne US)
I just finished installing this
Drill Press Table to my Shop Fox 1668 Oscillating Drill Press. I hade to make some modifications by re-locating & re-drilling the two mounting holes. This was easy using a 1 3/8" Forstner Bit then using a 3/8" drill bit for the recess. I also routed out the fence MDF and mounted a metal T-Slot. Piece of cake, however MLCS should consider using a metal T-Slot in the fence instead of the MDF to prevent tear out if you happen to over-tighten the stop block. I recommend this table to anyone who owns a drill press. I also recommend purchasing the two hold down clamps to go with the table. With just a couple of simple modifications it'll work like a champ.
By John F Browne (Taftville Co US)
Wonderful item, some drill press tables holes must be elongated for base,missing M8 3 9/16 bolt (back plate hold down bolt), bought at hardware store.
Would recomend to any drill press owner.
By Robert Grot (Burnt Hills NY US)
I would give this table and fence easily 5-stars if you factor in the price and I would buy another one in a heartbeat.
With that in mind I dropped to 4 because the fence stop should have come with an elongated t- bolt. The regular t-bolts will tear through the bare MDF slot. Fortunately mind spun on the first try so removal was easier than it could have been. Not having the proper t-nut I repaired mine by gluing (used GOOP as it is handy and the torque load will be small) a 1/2x1in piece of 8ga (0.128”) steel that I snipped from on old fluorescent light housing. Much thicker than that and the bolt will no longer slide.
I assume MLCS will make it good that the small axial alignment brackets that align the mounting knob and strengthen the mounting hold down were missing. I notified MLCS and fully expect them to send the parts. If not this rating would be reduced since I feel they affect the longevity of the hold down clamps as evidently did the original designer.
Re: the sitting proud t-slots mentioned by Rick Morris a year ago January, I hope that MLCS saw it and offered a replacement. That would have been a deal breaker for me.
By Bob Martin (Newbury Park Ca US)
Just received this table today. Installation was very straight forward. The Hold Downs are a must. One area of concern is the Fence. The T-Slot for the stop block is routed in the MDF which if you are not careful looks like potential damage to the fence can be caused if over tightened. My plan is to route it out and install a Metal T-Slot. Other then that is is a great table!
By Charles Wohlt (Gray TN US)
I bought this table a year or so ago and I still use it today. Unfortunately, I had to mount mine with and intermediate table. BEFORE YOU PURCHASE THIS ITEM, READ the compatibility note and be sure you know your drill press. This unit does not mount directly to many drill presses.
MLCS NOTE: This item is designed to mount directly to as many drill presses as possible. However, it is not universally compatible due to the wide variation in drill press designs. We provide the compatibility note so customers are aware before purchasing of any potential mounting issues based on the specifics of their drill press.
By Rick Morris (Dorothy Ne US)
I ordered one of these for my new Ridgid drill press I recently purchased and it arrived in excellent shape and was easy to mount and put together. I do have 1 major complaint though. The metal T slots on the table were not routed deep enough so they are above the surface and as I slide something around on it to drill it gets hung up on the metal runners. If you slide it on top of the protruding runners you are now drilling a hole off of 90 degrees square. Why they couldn't have routed the channels a bit deeper so the metal T slots were even with the table top, or even a little below, is beyond me. When I get a chance I am going to take them out and re rout to a better depth. Also be aware that the stop block channel has no metal T track so if you over tighten the stop block there is a chance you will break out the MDF. All in all it is worth the price with the free shipping if you want to take the time and make it right.
By David A. Holcomb (Gulf Breeze Fl )
I like this table. I did have to re-drill the table's mounting T-cap nuts to accommodate my Delta DP 350's wider table. The two holes were easily accomplished using a 1 3/8 inch Forstner bit and standard drill bit for it's center hole. The available T-Track Hold Down clamps are a must although somewhat pricey. I would recommend these products.
By Scott Dixon (Roy UT US)
I have owned this table for over a year now and it never comes off my drill press. It is very functional and easy to use. A great value for the price. I have also made custom inserts for my drum sanders which make it even more useful.