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06-22-2016 03:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: depth stop drill press grizzly

If you are anything like me, and own a drill press which uses the “two nut” method for adjusting the depth stop, then I have no doubt in my mind you are fed up with trying to set and adjust the thing. When depth is important, it becomes very frustrating, very quickly. I looked for a better solution to purchase, but couldn’t find much. Decided to do some searching, thinking, and make something. Disclaimer, this is not my original idea, I saw similar online at some point, so this is simply my variation of it.

This is a prototype that I made with scrap wood and parts I had already on hand. I plan to make a more refined version, with a harder wood (probably Hickory) and a shorter eye bolt, or possibly even a star knob if I am feeling crazy ;)

Much better so far, hopefully it helps one of you out there.

https://youtu.be/U3Yq6wkcGiQ *edit – not sure how to embed videos, or if its even possible…


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#1 posted 06-22-2016 03:55 PM

smart

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#2 posted 07-04-2016 07:08 AM

i follow you on Instagram. clever idea!

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#3 posted 07-04-2016 02:00 PM

I’m with you 100% on the pain with those thumb nuts on the quill travel!

Excellent and effective solution.

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#4 posted 07-05-2016 05:58 PM

Please explain how it works. Are you referring to the two jam nut type of depth stop used on older Delta drill presses?

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#5 posted 07-05-2016 06:00 PM

I just use a strip of masking tape. set to the depth on the drill bit, leave a little extra tape to stick out like a flag. When the flag start sweeping the drill dust out of the way, you should be at the depth you want.

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#6 posted 07-05-2016 07:16 PM


I just use a strip of masking tape. set to the depth on the drill bit, leave a little extra tape to stick out like a flag. When the flag start sweeping the drill dust out of the way, you should be at the depth you want.

- bandit571

This is what I do if I am drilling with a hand drill, or the stop doesn’t have to be extremely precise. However, I make one product where I leave about 1/32” of material using a forstner bit with a ground off point, in which I inset a magnet into the hole. Drilling the hole is one of the last steps, and I would hate to go a hair too far. Alternatively, if I backed off a bit, I lose a significant amount of pulling strength from the magnet, due to it pulling through the wood.

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#7 posted 07-05-2016 07:17 PM


Please explain how it works. Are you referring to the two jam nut type of depth stop used on older Delta drill presses?

- MrRon

The attached video explains it better than words. I do not have a Delta press, so I can not speak about them exactly, but I believe that yes, the two jam nut system is similar to what my Grizzly uses.

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