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Drill press turning (making a hand plane knob)

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Drill press turning
Making a plane knob on the drill press challenge.

Last week I needed a knob for a fence I was making for my no. 3 and 4 planes, and was ready to go to the lathe.
- But decided to challenge myself by making it on the drill press, with the simplest means I could find (yes I’m a child).
I also took pictures as I went along so I could share it with those who don’t have a lathe.

You can see the project and tutorial on the Drill press turning (making a plane knob) Blog

Geminiguy made a DIY chunk that can be used as well.

I hope this can bring some old planes back to life or be used to make a fence for your plane,

best thoughts,

MaFe

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





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majuvla

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#1 posted 1391 days ago

Unbelievable!!Great solution!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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EMVarona

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#2 posted 1391 days ago

Very clever! How did you attach the wood to the drill chuck?

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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Sodabowski

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#3 posted 1391 days ago

Way to go! I do that so often I think I will eventually set money aside for a real lathe…
What’s the metal top you put in that knob? It looks so nice!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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Jiri Parkman

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#4 posted 1391 days ago

Look easy. But …

-- Jiri

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mafe

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#5 posted 1391 days ago

majuvla, thank you.
EMVarona, a screw, but look in the blog, it’s carefully described.
Sodabowski, yes I’m sure I did not invented the wheel… It’s a old Swedish coin.
Jiri, but what?
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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GeminiGuy

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#6 posted 1391 days ago

Thanks for ur comments Mads, much appreciated. If I had seen ur blog earlier, I don’t think I would have gone into the effort of making that chuck, but will try the chuck in the vertical drill lathe and use a hand router to shape the piece.

-- Stillcruizin after all these years.. Greg, Melbourne, Australia.

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snowdog

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#7 posted 1391 days ago

Great idea, if the world does collapse it will be us lumberjocks that save the common man <grin>

Well done!

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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StevenAntonucci

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#8 posted 1391 days ago

I’ve been told that the bearings in a drill press aren’t designed to handle lateral loads… but I suppose nothing is meant to last forever! Now can you build a fixture to do it (SAFELY) on a tablesaw? :)

-- Steven

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Bricofleur

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#9 posted 1391 days ago

Clever! When there’s a will, there’s a way, and you proved it again. Your ingenuity never ends, right?

As StevenAntonucci mentioned, drill presses are not designed to handle lateral loads (also as using a sanding drum), but if someone feeds his cutting tools or workpieces gently, I don’t see any issue here. My logic stands by sometimes quite a side pressure is applied when a drill bit creeps sideways towards any adjacent hole, as example, particularly at slow speed. My opinion.

Thanks for sharing.

Best,

Serge

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489tad

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#10 posted 1391 days ago

Wow! Great blog. Thanks for showing the set up. About a year ago I made a tote from cherry for my #4. I sent a piece to a friend so he could turn the knob. (John, I’m still waiting). The tote is used for my LJ picture. I will probably end up turning it on the drill press.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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mafe

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#11 posted 1391 days ago

Hi,
Gemeniguy.thank you back.
snowdog, yes we will be ready for the day, side by side!
Steven, first I have to make the cappuccino mount for my hand drill.
Serge, thank you – yes I’m a bull dog on this, it feeds my hunger…
I.G.N., I laugh, and yes go for it, it’s really easy and fast.

My limited knolage on ball bearings leaves me with only one answer; ‘I do not know’!
Here are a link for a picture of a drill press set up, so if someone knows more, it will be interesting:

http://www.micromark.com/html_pages/instructions/81631i/81631g.gif
But this is not for fabrication use, it’s for DIY! Once in a while use.
I have seen many atteps on this on the web, and even that you can buy a Grizzly attachment for the purpose.
To me it looks like no problem, but then again ‘I’m a architect’!
Toolmonger writes this: http://toolmonger.com/2007/12/26/make-a-lathe-out-of-your-drill-press/

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

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mafe

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#12 posted 1391 days ago

It can be a good idea to finish the knob on the drill press, fist by taking a handful of sawdust from the table, and press against it while it spinn, and then give it oil and wax on the spin also.
I like to leave it in the oil to soake for a while.

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

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a1Jim

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#13 posted 1391 days ago

Well done Mad

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Dennisgrosen

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#14 posted 1390 days ago

niice job Mads

and its right what they say about a drillpress ain´t constructd for side press
but for the last 50-60 years there has been devices that can help with that problem
so a drillpress even can be used as a light router for metalwork
the main isue isn´t so much the small bearings as the fact that the main bolt (nr. 56 in drawing)
where the chuck sits in can bend becourse of the pressure
and if that habens you have to get a new bolt and bearings or drillpress
and those helpingdevices I´m talking about take out that stress from the bolt and prevent it from bending

take care
Dennis

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fernandoindia

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#15 posted 1390 days ago

looks good mads. read the foolproof tutorial, lol

i am offline to work the next weeks, take care

-- Back home. Fernando

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