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Solved drillpress crank problem

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Project by JonK posted 07-05-2013 04:31 AM 1563 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So after adding a table with a fence and a mobile stand for my bench top drill I discovered that the crank for the table was hitting the new table. So what to do? After giving it some thought I looked around for a way to extend the crank away from the table far enough to easily crank the table up or down. I grabbed a old metal broom handle, a electrical conduit fastener and some scrap wood. The metal tubing from the broom was 3/4” and the stock crank was 1/2”. With a little time I made the wood into a off-set dowel for the tubing to join the stock crank. The conduit fastener was the right size to just screw in perfectly secure. I then placed the conduit onto the crack and mounted everything. I then had to make sure the new shaft could be supported so I used a 7/8” bit by drilling a hole into a piece of leftover plywood and then mount the new shaft. Now mounted…everything works great!

Let me know what you think.





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#1 posted 07-05-2013 08:36 AM

I am thinking the world needs more people like yourself.

Good job.

-- Regards Robert

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#2 posted 07-05-2013 09:07 AM

sweet

-- Joe

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#3 posted 07-05-2013 11:52 AM

Nice job—necssity is always the Mother of invention, and you proved it again. Congratulations.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 07-05-2013 05:12 PM

I had the same problem with my Craftsman table top drill press and the new table I built for it. My solution was to just remove the crank and turn the nub by hand (which is painfully slow). I like your solution better.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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