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01-13-2010 02:01 AM

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I am in the process of building a drill press table & fence and I just had an oh-oh moment. The drill press is an old one. It’s a Fleetwood from 1979

The problem is that even with the piece of scrap wood sitting there as a fence, the handles on the drill press will hit the fence as they are turned. I’d be surprised if I was the first one to run into this issue. (I did search the forums to no avail)

Do I need to:
A. Shorten the length of the handles?
B. Remove one of the handles?
C. Adjust …..?
D. Stop being dain bramaged and just …..

Thanks in advance for your help!



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#1 posted 01-13-2010 02:08 AM

A picture of your setup would help. Can you cut down the hieght of the fence in the handle area? Use a shorter fence? As a last resort, shorten the handles on the DP.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#2 posted 01-13-2010 02:15 AM

Yes, Hopdevil you are the first person on earth to ever experience this problem.

[he, he :)]

Two things… A “Fleetwood” from 1979?? That’s a new one on me. Who is actual manufacturer?
Where was it made?

For now, do NOT cut anything just yet.

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#3 posted 01-13-2010 02:46 AM

Sorry for the super size pictures :-)

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#4 posted 01-13-2010 02:52 AM

You can’t even use a short bit, the handles would hit the table. If it were mine, I would cut the handles in half and rethread the ends that screw into the hub. Or cut in half and epoxy some nice wood knobs on them. LOL

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#5 posted 01-13-2010 02:57 AM

Mine did the same thing. I removed one of the handles and work with 2 only.

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#6 posted 01-13-2010 04:38 PM

for medium and long bits you could just create a notch in the fence to allow the handle to pass through, but I would shorten the handles and re attach the knobs with epoxy. You’ll give up some leverage but it shouldn’t be a big deal on a press that small.

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#7 posted 01-13-2010 05:54 PM

I have a commercially made table/fence on mine, and the fence is 3” high. I have to remove one of the press handles like some have said if I have the table up close to the chuck. I dont know that the fence would have to be 3” high though…It might help to have a shorter fence too.

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#8 posted 01-13-2010 09:35 PM

Greetings: I would make the fence not as tall as you have it. You can get by with a 2 1/2—3” fence with no problem. Another question: Do you have a quill drive that is at least 3+”? Make a shorter fence, and lower the table to clear the handles….... simple…...! But——- if you can’t do that, make the fence to clear the handles, and remove a handle… can get by with two, or even one, if necessary…... simple….... lol.

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#9 posted 01-14-2010 02:08 AM

Do you need to have the fence extend to the conflict area? If not cut it off or angle the fence

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#10 posted 01-15-2010 05:45 PM

I had the same problem so i made my fence about 2.5” high and lowered my table, then maxed out my drill depth .
Then i raised my table up as far as i could go before hitting the fence. This worked for me .
I can use a 35mm bore bit for hinges a that is the shortest bit i will use. If all else fails cut the handles.

-- Dave

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#11 posted 01-15-2010 07:11 PM

I agree with DaveR. I had the same problem a few years ago and changed to a 1” fence and never missed the tall one. Usually the only thing I clamp to the fence is a right and left stop for repetitive drilling.

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#12 posted 01-15-2010 07:11 PM

I see nothing wrong is cutting a notch out of your fence. If you are going to put a t-track in the fence (good idea) it would have to be in 2 sections.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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