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INDEX HEAD FOR MY DP TABLE

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Project by kiefer posted 203 days ago 3682 views 35 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I always wanted a indexing device and now that my drill press table is ready to be used I decided to build one .
This is very simple and affordable ,I picked up a 60 tooth sprocket which is a good starting point as every tooth gives me 6 DEG. advance and by making two indexing locators and offsetting them by half a tooth I get 3 DEG. advance .
The sprocket is mounted on a hub and ball bearing which is attached to the plywood base .
There are also four levelers to support the sprocket and level it .A bolt from below thru the centre hub and a nut which is glued to the bolt once adjusted for minimum play hold everything together.
The sprocket is drilled for screws to attach the upper mounting plate which the work piece is attached to with screws or other methods .
The locators are simple dove tail sliding assembly’s and spring loaded with a steel pin to engage into the sprocket tooth .
The complete indexing device is slid into the centre groove of the table and locked in place once set in the proper position by dove tail keys and two socket head bolts .

This is the first test piece and is drilled with a 3/8” bit .
I used the right locator for the outside ring of holes advancing three teeth between holes which is 18 DEG .
advance and while doing this step the left locator was disabled with a clamp .


For the inner ring I disabled the right locator and just played with the advance settings .

Further playing resulted in the three leaf clover on the outer ring ,I felt like a little kid having fun with a new toy .

I think I will find lots of use for this its just fun to play with and more accurate then I expected .
I should be able to produce a fairly large object with this somewhere around 32” diameter .

-- Kiefer 松





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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#1 posted 203 days ago

What a great idea and design for some unique repeatable designs… Nice…!

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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exelectrician

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#2 posted 202 days ago

Simple and straight forward explanation Your jig is neat and clean, a very good example for me to follow, thanks for posting.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#3 posted 202 days ago

As they say: the proof is in the pudding, or in this case the product. Very innovative jig. Congratulations on another job well done.

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

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kiefer

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#4 posted 202 days ago

Thanks guys appreciate your comments .

-- Kiefer 松

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woodshaver

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#5 posted 202 days ago

Excellent idea! And yes I would love to play with that myself. I can see many uses for this. You just keep coming up with some very interesting unique projects Kiefer.
Tanks for sharing!

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

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#6 posted 202 days ago

cool idea, can create some interesting designs with that

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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kiefer

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#7 posted 202 days ago

Thanks Tony.
This is a neat toy that I have wanted for a long time and could play with this for hours and now I am thinking to make a vertical set up that could also be tilted for doing some edge designs and maybe even adding a router to make it even more interesting and fun .

-- Kiefer 松

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woodshaver

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#8 posted 202 days ago

I’ll be on the look out for more interesting eye candy from you Kiefer. I Love new ideas and this one has so much penitential. Maybe Dovetail indexing would be something interesting to do. I’m looking forward to seeing more!
Nice work and intelligent thinking!

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

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#9 posted 202 days ago

Just think of the elaborate clock faces you can now make!

-- "Don't you hate it when people don't finish what they"

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#10 posted 202 days ago

That is awesome. Great job buddy. Your creativity amazes me.

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#11 posted 202 days ago

Very good idea!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 202 days ago

Genius at work. I can see this extremely useful for many projects. The router idea is a good thought. I may not need this right now but build it and they will come.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#13 posted 202 days ago

An engineer of woodworking! Maybe you could start a program? Well thought out.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 202 days ago

Where do you buy sprockets? Spacely Sprockets doesn’t exist yet.

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#15 posted 202 days ago

Great jig kiefer! Fun to build and fun to use.

-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

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