Hand Crank Drill Press

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Project by Ron Aylor posted 11-20-2016 10:15 PM 4769 views 7 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Using just this …

  ... I just made this!

Follow the design and build of this project here: Building a Hand Crank Drill Press

Can’t wait to start working with this new addition to my shop. Should prove to be great for mortises …

Note the scrap wood depth stop … I’ll most likely fashion a jig of sorts for this purpose. So far there appears to be no “slop” in the sliding frame … nice and square!

... and what Hand Crank Drill Press would be complete …

... without its own grease pot!

Thanks for looking … hope you didn’t find it too boring!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#1 posted 11-20-2016 10:20 PM

An amazing piece of useful equipment. Nice work!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 11-20-2016 10:57 PM

I love it, really a useful and quiet tool.
Ohhh and much more pleasing to look at than a drill press.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 11-21-2016 04:55 AM

Nicely done!

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 11-21-2016 08:27 AM

Pretty cool, traditional tool in modern concept.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 11-21-2016 09:25 AM

From a picture to a working tool, well done.

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#6 posted 11-21-2016 01:50 PM

Ron, if it works half as good as it looks, you’ve got a total winner. The handle is a nice touch, too. I’m guessing some holes for holdfasts are in the offing. Galoot Index is off the charts for this one, thanks for taking us along for the ride!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#7 posted 11-21-2016 02:12 PM

All right! A drill press that works without electricity. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 11-21-2016 02:35 PM

Very nicely don Ron!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#9 posted 11-21-2016 05:10 PM

Hardcore anti-electron Ron! I like it.

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#10 posted 11-21-2016 05:21 PM

I really like the Roubo sliding dovetail with the legs and the slab top, nicely done.

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#11 posted 11-21-2016 08:19 PM

Ron, somehow my post seems to have left the interwebz!

Great tool and a grease box to boot! Excellent . It’s been fun and educational watching the build.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Ron Aylor

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#12 posted 11-21-2016 09:17 PM

Thanks to you all for the compliments! Yes, this was a fun and educational build, from the lessons in Italian, to the engineering considerations, to the Roubo sliding dovetails, and even to little grease pot, while the whole time maintaining the unplugged motif. Now off to my next endeavour … thanks again guys!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Ron Aylor

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#13 posted 11-21-2016 10:10 PM

Oh my, I almost forgot … and thank you, Giacomo Ferdinando Sievers!

Yes, Knockknock … from a picture to a working tool!

Smitty, you’re right … it needs a few holes for a holdfast and perhaps a dog or two!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#14 posted 11-22-2016 12:13 AM

nice work!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#15 posted 11-22-2016 10:08 AM

Interesting. Have you made any attempt to use Forstner bits in this contraption? Mostly I’ve found if I’m using auger bits in a brace I can stay pretty close to square. My drill press is indispensable for the occasion when I need to clear out a mortise or adjust the size of a hole with a Forstner bit.

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