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Forum topic by Chris posted 05-08-2015 01:56 AM 1458 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-08-2015 01:56 AM

I have a 12 inch Delta Drill press I inherited. I am new to wood working so I realize this is probably a really obvious answer but I just can’t figure it out.

Is there a way to set up the drill press where I can just grab the handle a turn it without it limiting how far down I can drill? I have removed the depth stop completely and it still stops about 3-4 inches into being plunged. I have been using the drill press here and there and end up always having to adjust the table by using the crank on the back of the drill press. I am working on a drill press table and I don’t want to have to limit how far back my drill press table can go back because I need to get to the crank all the time.

If anyone has any suggestions or guidance I would appreciate it. Here is a pic of my drill press:


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#1 posted 05-08-2015 02:21 AM

Unfortunately the design of drill presses has to include some specific limits on how far the shaft can travel.

Good luck and Be Careful!

Herb

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#2 posted 05-08-2015 02:28 AM

3-4” is about right. Surprised you get that long of a stroke on a 12”.

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#3 posted 05-08-2015 02:43 AM

Alright thanks guys. I guess my next question is do most drill press tables work then? It’s seems like I would always be running into the issue of having to hit my drill press table with the crank handle if I ever needed to move the thing up or down? Do people just remove their tables every time?

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#4 posted 05-08-2015 06:30 PM

Sorry to pester everyone and ‘bump’ my own thread. I responded to it late last night and just didn’t get any follow up responses, and I didn’t want to start a new thread.

My question at this point is … do most drill press tables accommodate being able to use the crank handle in some way to adjust the height of the entire table? I have done a lot of research online looking at different styles of drill press tables and it just seems like everyone doesn’t account for the crank handle. So, are they removing the entire drill press table every time they have to use the crank handle to raise or lower their drill press?

Any insight would be really helpful. Thanks

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#5 posted 05-08-2015 06:38 PM

We don’t know what you’re trying to do.
Depth limits a common. What are your objectives.
Bill

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#6 posted 05-08-2015 06:50 PM

Okay,,2 things. You are missing 2 of the 3 handles that lower the spindle. Second, if your table raising handle is hitting the table it’s an incorrect replacement handle.

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#7 posted 05-08-2015 06:52 PM

Sorry for not being clear. I will try to explain and if it still doesn’t make since I will just take more pictures tonight.

On my drill press (pic above), there is a black handle that is used to move the iron table up and down. I am trying to make a drill press table that I can put on the iron table to increase work surface area and have a fence system. All of the drill press table projects and videos I can find have their MDF drill press table pushed all the way back to the shaft of the drill press. If I do this, than anytime I would have to raise or lower the table by moving the black handle, I would have to remove the MDF drill press table. Is that what everyone with a drill press table does? Or, is there another way to design a drill press table or use the drill press that I am not aware of?

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#8 posted 05-08-2015 06:56 PM

The only thing you can do is design your auxiliary table to clear the handle.

-- Member Valley Woodturners Ottawa

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Chris

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#9 posted 05-08-2015 06:58 PM

Alright I appreciate it Bmezz. I thought that it seemed that way, I just have never seen a drill press table that makes an accommodation like that so I thought I was probably missing something else. Thanks again!

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#10 posted 05-08-2015 07:08 PM

Bummer – - I have a Delta 12 inch press – - but as the pic shows, the crank handle is mounted more at the “2 o’clock position” versus yours which is mor like 3’oclock…. so my table doesn’t interfere with the crank.

I do like my Harbor Freight Table (catalog photo)
for 34.99, but it was on sale I think it was around 25 bucks when I got it.

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#11 posted 05-08-2015 07:18 PM

You may be able to remove the crank and make some kind of extension or U-joint. You might be able to rig it up from socket extensions.

You also need to replace the 2 missing handled that lower the quill.

-Ocelot

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#12 posted 05-08-2015 07:32 PM

You can also build a riser on which to place your extension table, so that the handle itself can rotate underneath the extension table.

-Brian

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HerbC

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#13 posted 05-08-2015 07:35 PM

ShopNotes magazine had a drill table project that included extending the handle for the table height adjustment.

The one I’m thinking of is in issue 135.

Herb

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#14 posted 05-08-2015 07:49 PM

What you really want is a mill if you want to be able to manually crank the Z axis in a controlled manner.

A mill costs some real $ so dont even google it.

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#15 posted 05-08-2015 08:03 PM

Thank you all for the help. This website is great. I think I am going to just cut out a hole that would allow me to crank the handle for now. I will post the project if I am not to ashamed lol.

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