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Blog entry by paplou posted 01-05-2010 05:57 PM 4778 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have an old craftsman drill press that you have to slide the table or drill head up and down. Has anyone out there come up with a IDEA how to raise or lower the table with out busting a gut. the drill works great and can’t aford to buy a new one. Any ideas would help.

-- PAPLOU



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jim C

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#1 posted 01-05-2010 07:35 PM

Paplou,

Are you saying there is no rack and pinion or handle for raising/lowering the table? The head should never be loosened or moved. It should be at the top of the post and stationary.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#2 posted 01-05-2010 08:15 PM

Is there any chance you could buy rack and pinion gear parts for your drillpress? You might make inquiries into this. Thats the only practical solution I can think of.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-05-2010 09:21 PM

I have been working on a solution for that for my radial drill press. There is no way to retrofit a rack etc as the collar isn’t thick enough for a thruway for the rack. I have been working on other methods incl. a pneumatic cylinder but not much progress so far. The amount of force required is substantial if there is any unbalanced weight (like my large table that hangs off to the front). I will mark this as one on my favorites so that I can check back or if I have any ideas to share.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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paplou

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#4 posted 01-06-2010 12:31 AM

no place to install a rack and the head can turn or lower. its a hell of a drill press the sears sold years ago. thanks for the coments and ideas are useful. by the way i paid 45 dollars for it a few years ago.

-- PAPLOU

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#5 posted 01-06-2010 12:49 AM

At $45.00, if it is a real ball buster to adjust, I would put a sanding drum in it and make everything stationary. Then go onto craigslist and find a replacement.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#6 posted 01-06-2010 02:10 AM

How about a vener press jack screw and or a bottle jack? maybe an old car sissor jack? I have seen guys make router raisers from these. do a google search for home made router raisers

-- I was going for that distressed look

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#7 posted 01-06-2010 02:45 AM

Hi Paplou,
I have an old Dunlap floor model drill press with a 1 1/2” dia post that the drill head is clamped to and that the 7 1/2” x 7 1/2” table slides up and down on with no rack gear. I paid $45 for it too in 1968. I think it was Sears product too long ago. This thing is about 75 yrs old and it is underpowered and I love it. I just twist loose the clamp bolt and slide it up, down or around pretty easily and much faster than I could do with a rack gear- especially if I have to drop it to the floor for long stuff.
Let me ask- How big is the table on your drill press and what size post is it on?
If you really need a lifting device, it should be right next to the post ( like a rack gear), but it may take some machining of the table to clear the rack. If it cast iron like mine it would cut rather easily. But. the best place for it would be in the back and I’ll bet your clamp is there too. How heavy is the table? Could you drill it full of lightening holes or put a smaller iron table on it with a wider wood surface?
Let me now. It is important to have an easily functioning drill press. You use it every day!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 01-06-2010 02:52 AM

HI PAPLOU, Your work looks very nice, Keep up the good work. I have the same problem with an old industril Delta drill press, it’s table weighs about 60lb after I added an extra table on top of the metal one. I solved the lifting problem very nicely by using a 1” tie down strap with ratchit which I loop over the head/motor housing and under the arm of the table,tie the hooks together and ratchit away to lift up the table up. I only have the strap on the drill when I want to raise the table up or down. I also have 4 or 5 sheets of plywood that I use for small height adjustments by just adding them on the table when needed and storing on the base when not. The system works great and cost me nothing. I am 66 and way too old to move this table by hand. I have been doing woodworking sence the summer of 1952, when I was 8 1/2 years old.

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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#9 posted 01-06-2010 02:57 AM

Maybe a spring to help you lift it?

-- I was going for that distressed look

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#10 posted 01-06-2010 02:57 AM

Many years ago I saw a drill press that a auto mechanic had added a bicycle chain and sprockets with a hand crank to lower and raise his drill press table. He had a gear on an axle that was welded to the backside of the table and another axle welded near the bottom of the motor mounting bracket. Strangest homemade rig I have ever seen but it worked.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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#11 posted 01-06-2010 04:29 AM

gary i too am 66 but was an auto mechanic all my life up to june. the table is heavy and trying to lift it and tighten it with one hand is a bummer. the ratched strap sounds like a good idea. it is cast iron and has holes in it. i do use helper blocks on thin stuff. if i had room i would use my engine lift but room is not what i have like so many of us. the bike sprocket and chain sound like a good idea also. will keep you informed as to what i do.

-- PAPLOU

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#12 posted 01-15-2010 05:41 AM

Kunk very good idea. i will check it out tomorrow. will let you know in a few days after i clean up enough to find the drill press. if my shop is not number one in clutter its close.

-- PAPLOU

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#13 posted 01-15-2010 04:19 PM

Kunk,
Great idea. The old counter-balance trick.
Only problem now is there will be a train derailment somewhere near Paplou’s house.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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paplou

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#14 posted 01-16-2010 09:34 PM

thanks to all with your ideas. i have figured my lift for drill press table out. cost me $10 for garage door cables. everthing else i had laying around. check out my projects to see what i came up with. by the way it works great. i might have to change some of the wood to metal but don’t think so.

-- PAPLOU

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