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Project by paplou posted 1677 days ago 5378 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

thanks to all that gave me ideas for this lift. this is a really old DP sold by sears and made by a company with klien in the name. there was no way to lift the table except by breaking my back lifting table to the right height then leaning over and tighting the handle. i got comments about the drill head should always be at the very top but some people are shorter and the head could be lowered for them. I started with a oak board then turn a plug that fit in the DP post. i bolted the plug to the bottom of board then mounted the bearings and made the crank and handle and installed garage door cables to an oak board
board cut to the size of the post under the table mounting clamp. the crank rod may have to be changed to metal, time will tell.

-- PAPLOU





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stefang

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#1 posted 1677 days ago

Good job on this and a unique solution.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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lew

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#2 posted 1677 days ago

That’s just plain COOL!!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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ratchet

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#3 posted 1677 days ago

That’s such a cool solution to a problem it made me look twice.
Nice work improving on an older WW machine!

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#4 posted 1677 days ago

Mother is the necessity of invention.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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Zodosh

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#5 posted 1331 days ago

Your right the head and Table are very heavy I had looked at your project while I was restoring my drill press you did a great job. Have you thought of adding a counter weight or springs down inside the column to make it easier to operate the crank like an elevator setup?

-- Craine, Jackson, MI

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DragonLady

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#6 posted 1331 days ago

Ha! great solution.

I’ve seen people with jacks under their drill press tables to solve this. First time I’ve seen the problem dealt with from the top :)

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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paplou

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#7 posted 1330 days ago

The crank does the job very easy. Just take up the slack on cables and unlock the table and up or down it goes. It sure saves my back.

-- PAPLOU

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steliart

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#8 posted 1288 days ago

very interesting solution, thanks

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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TechRedneck

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#9 posted 961 days ago

I have some similar old iron and just found this in a search. This looks like the solution i was looking for.

Thanks for taking the time to post

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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dhazelton

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#10 posted 642 days ago

A ‘Klein’ may have sold or owned the DP – it was made by King Seeley I believe.

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