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Drill Press Upgrade #1: Height adjustment and table lock

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Blog entry by loupitou06 posted 07-29-2020 01:41 PM 328 reads 4 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi all,

Here are some details about the lifting mechanism I build in my drill press table:

https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/415974

I saw this Woodsmith plan and found the idea interesting
https://www.woodsmithplans.com/plan/drill-press-table/

Looking at my drill press, the diameter of the shaft allowing the table to lift up/down is 1/2” so I found these 1/2” miter gears on amazon

https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B004NYAFLS?tag=amz-mkt-fox-us-20&ascsubtag=1ba00-01000-org00-mac00-dsk00-smile-us000-pcomp-feature-scomp-wm-5&ref=aa_scomp

Then you need a 1/2” shaft like this one
https://smile.amazon.com/National-Hardware-N179-804-4005BC-Smooth/dp/B002CTUBM4/ref=pd_bxgy_3/136-8059879-3450664?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B002CTUBM4&pd_rd_r=ea6cac0b-d7ec-42ab-8e6f-1e0479c6d84f&pd_rd_w=UMm0h&pd_rd_wg=pBBJz&pf_rd_p=ce6c479b-ef53-49a6-845b-bbbf35c28dd3&pf_rd_r=MQXGGG0EBJ4ABFDF7HSB&psc=1&refRID=MQXGGG0EBJ4ABFDF7HSB

and a few 1/2” stop collar
https://smile.amazon.com/Aobbmok-Solid-Steel-Plated-Collars/dp/B07BTZBPQ6/ref=sr_1_11?dchild=1&keywords=1%2F2+stop+collar&qid=1596005024&sr=8-11

You are going to need a handle as well (if you choose to relocate as well the locking mechanism). You can use the existing handle for the lift – I had one laying around the shop that I use instead.

To help with wear, I turned a few brass bushing on the lathe and press fitted them in the plywood brackets.

I glued and screwed the brackets on the bottom plywood layer of the table allowing for access on top.

Finally I screwed the top plywood layer of the table – making it replaceable if it gets beaten.

For the locking mechanism it’s even easier, I drilled a hole in the rod for the existing handle and drilled thru both to put a bolt

PS: Please note these Amazon links are not affiliated, and I’m pretty sure you can find better and/or cheaper parts. I only provide them as an example of a bill of material.

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#1 posted 07-29-2020 02:12 PM

thats a cool idea i may copy,would make it a lot easier.thanks for posting this.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 07-29-2020 10:23 PM

I did that to mine (sort of) a while ago, though the adjustment is still at the back, just clear of the right side of the table. I fitted a 12” ratchet extender and made my own larger handle for better torque. I also added a larger grip to the table lock lever. It makes a huge difference! Your result is way cooler though… ; )
Thanks for posting!

Come to think of it…I’m planning on making a new table. I’m liking this idea!

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