|Project by MC Creations||posted 09-24-2011 03:21 AM||2285 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
I can’t remember exactly how the cheap plastic handle on my table saw fence lock broke, but the exposed threads cut into my hands one to many times.
Found a scrap piece of square walnut stock, drilled a hole in the end pretty deep, used a metal tap to cut the threads, chamfered the corners and then locked it into my drill press with the tap all the way threaded in. It took a bit using a file and sanding block, but it ended up fitting my hand perfectly. The extra handle length make locking the fence super easy and comfortable. Long over due.
Finish is Tung Oil and satin poly.
1. Gotta make sure that hole is in the dead center of mass when doing the turn-on-the-cheap drill press method. I had no tool rest to force it into being perfectly centered, which caused a lot of vibration.
2. Put as much of the handle over the metal bar as possible. The thread on the fence lock is only about 3/4”. I didn’t think that was enough for repeated locking. So I tapped about 1” of material, which was about 1” past the opening of the handle. It fits REALLY tight and isn’t going anywhere.
3. Use a lathe if ya got one….....
Hope this inspires those without lathes, lol.
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