Drill Press Handles - Turning Projects

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Project by Shawn Herrington posted 09-03-2014 04:25 PM 1301 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I bought my Delta DP 350 Drill Press off Craigslist, the only thing wrong with the machine was that the knuckle head who I bought it from had removed and disposed of all but one of the handles (technically “feed levers”) because “they got in the way”. The old handles were composed of simple plastic knobs threaded onto chromed steel handles. I took the opportunity to modify the design and spiff the knobs up a little bit.

The knobs are walnut with a padauk inlay. The knobs were turned according to an uncomplicated pattern which was based on whatever dimensions and shapes seemed pleasing. The turnings were sanded to 320 grit and finished with spray lacquer.

The raw blanks were press fit onto stainless steel rod and secured with epoxy. All the turning was done with the knob attached to the rod driven by a scroll chuck. The rod was threaded to fit the machine and flats were ground on the rods to allow secure installation with a wrench (so they will not incessantly back-out during use).

-- -Shawn

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#1 posted 09-03-2014 05:38 PM

I’ve finally resorted to using lock nuts on drill press handles that back out. I’ve also used golf balls (NON liquid filled!) for handles.
Those handles are a heck of a lot better looking than golf balls or the original plastic junk. Great fix!

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#2 posted 09-04-2014 12:04 PM

Wow!!! ostentatious! Rolls Royce drill press.

-- Dave -

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#3 posted 09-04-2014 12:05 PM

That’s very nice, I believe I have the same drill press, (it’s definitely a Delta)... I never thought of doing that, and I just might do it!

-- -- Measure twice, cut once; why, did the wood grow?

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