LJ-way of fixing a drill press crank

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Project by PaBull posted 09-03-2012 10:16 PM 1773 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.


-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#1 posted 09-03-2012 10:31 PM

Better than vise grips.

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

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#2 posted 09-03-2012 10:38 PM

I would say!

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


-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#3 posted 09-03-2012 11:01 PM

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 (

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#4 posted 09-03-2012 11:05 PM

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 09-03-2012 11:15 PM

Looks very functional

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 09-03-2012 11:36 PM

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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#7 posted 09-03-2012 11:46 PM

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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#8 posted 09-03-2012 11:48 PM

Thanks Monte, it is!

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


-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#9 posted 09-04-2012 12:41 AM

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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#10 posted 09-04-2012 12:53 AM

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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#11 posted 09-04-2012 01:04 AM

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.


-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#12 posted 09-04-2012 03:03 AM

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

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#13 posted 09-04-2012 11:51 AM

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

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

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#14 posted 09-04-2012 03:09 PM

Nice fix : )

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

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#15 posted 09-04-2012 05:55 PM

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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