Drill Press Upgrade #1: Height adjustment and table lock

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Blog entry by loupitou06 posted 07-29-2020 01:41 PM 958 reads 5 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:

I saw this Woodsmith plan and found the idea interesting

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

Then you need a 1/2” shaft like this one

and a few 1/2” stop collar

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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