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Project by PaBull posted 689 days ago 1642 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last time I moved my drill press, I broke the verticle adjustment crank. So for a while I used a vise grip, but this got really old. Finding a replacement crank was like finding a needle in a haystack.

So one day I got so sick of it, I build one out of baltic plywood, a !/2” dowel and a bolt. Works great.

Pabull.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower





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rmoore

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#1 posted 689 days ago

Better than vise grips.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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PaBull

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#2 posted 689 days ago

I would say!

Sorry for the tall picture, thats what you get when you use your phone to post a project.

Pb.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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Tom Godfrey

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#3 posted 689 days ago

That’s what the space between our ears are far. To think with and it looks like you did a good job and most likely better than what was on the drill press in the first place.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (tom@thcww.com)

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PaBull

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#4 posted 689 days ago

Thats right Thomas, the stuff between our ears, thats what it is all about.
Funny guy….

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 689 days ago

Looks very functional

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Hawaiilad

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#6 posted 689 days ago

Great idea….I’m pretty sure there is a tool in my shop that can use one of these handles

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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Von

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#7 posted 689 days ago

the crank handle on mine is busted, but the arm it connects to is still intact…. this is giving me osme ideas though

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PaBull

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#8 posted 689 days ago

Thanks Monte, it is!

Larry, they are not hard to make, but do not use solid wood, use plywood.

Pb.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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rance

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#9 posted 689 days ago

Now that’s my kind of a fix. Very well done.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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gfadvm

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#10 posted 689 days ago

Very clever. I’ll file this one away for the future.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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PaBull

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#11 posted 689 days ago

Gfadvm, these are kind words, thanks.

Rance, I am glad I was able to bring this fix to the table for you.

Von, I am not sure how to help you fellow, but I hope it got you going in the right direction.

Pb.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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dnick

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#12 posted 689 days ago

You bet I’m going to remember this one. Thanks for sharing.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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woodshaver

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#13 posted 689 days ago

Great job on that handle. Woodworkers.. always making parts for what ever needs a part!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Dusty56

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#14 posted 689 days ago

Nice fix : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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grfrazee

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#15 posted 689 days ago

Looks like I’ll have to do something like this for the thickness planer. I’ve just been using a Vise-Grips.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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