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#1 posted 10-31-2012 01:50 AM

Can’t help with the contact but you can make the tote on the drill press with a couple of files. If you look at my projects page you’ll find some turned bracelets that were made rather quickly on the drill press with just 2 wood files and sandpaper.
Take your block of wood and drill out the center to the right diameter, don’t worry yet about the recess for the head of the bolt. Now run a bolt though, I would have the head of the bolt at the bottom of the knob and toss a couple washers at the top that will be as big around as the head of the recessed bolt the tote uses, finally put on a nut to tighten the block in place so it won’t spin on the bolt. The reason for the washers is that they will let you get the file into the top where it needs to without hitting the sides of the nut, the space under the washers doesn’t matter of course since it will be drilled out. You might substitute a metal bushing in your local hardware store has them. Next you need a tool rest, I had a slightly long piece of scrap and I trimmed down one end until it would fit in the slide on the table. I then moved the table till the piece bumped up to the head of the drill press and clamped it into place.
Put the remainder of the threaded end of the bolt into chuck and tighten. I honestly can’t say what the safest speed should be but I went with around 1100rpms. Don’t push hard with the file to remove materials, rather move it up and down or in a curving motion. If you leave it still it just creates deep grooves and doesn’t remove a lot of material, moving it around with quick motions especially towards the end will let you skip right to 150 grit paper when it is time to sand.

edit: NVM- guess it was covered while I was typing

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