lift for old drill press table

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Project by paplou posted 01-16-2010 10:03 PM 9953 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

thanks to all that gave me ideas for this lift. this is a really old DP sold by sears and made by a company with klien in the name. there was no way to lift the table except by breaking my back lifting table to the right height then leaning over and tighting the handle. i got comments about the drill head should always be at the very top but some people are shorter and the head could be lowered for them. I started with a oak board then turn a plug that fit in the DP post. i bolted the plug to the bottom of board then mounted the bearings and made the crank and handle and installed garage door cables to an oak board
board cut to the size of the post under the table mounting clamp. the crank rod may have to be changed to metal, time will tell.


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#1 posted 01-16-2010 10:52 PM

Good job on this and a unique solution.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-17-2010 01:10 AM

That’s just plain COOL!!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 01-17-2010 03:37 AM

That’s such a cool solution to a problem it made me look twice.
Nice work improving on an older WW machine!

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#4 posted 01-17-2010 04:06 AM

Mother is the necessity of invention.

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#5 posted 12-29-2010 05:10 AM

Your right the head and Table are very heavy I had looked at your project while I was restoring my drill press you did a great job. Have you thought of adding a counter weight or springs down inside the column to make it easier to operate the crank like an elevator setup?

-- Craine, Jackson, MI

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#6 posted 12-29-2010 05:25 AM

Ha! great solution.

I’ve seen people with jacks under their drill press tables to solve this. First time I’ve seen the problem dealt with from the top :)

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#7 posted 12-29-2010 03:02 PM

The crank does the job very easy. Just take up the slack on cables and unlock the table and up or down it goes. It sure saves my back.


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#8 posted 02-10-2011 12:35 AM

very interesting solution, thanks

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#9 posted 01-03-2012 02:23 AM

I have some similar old iron and just found this in a search. This looks like the solution i was looking for.

Thanks for taking the time to post

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#10 posted 11-16-2012 05:18 PM

A ‘Klein’ may have sold or owned the DP – it was made by King Seeley I believe.

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#11 posted 07-07-2016 01:45 AM

I have that same drill press, and have a cabinet situated under the table. I used to used a scissors jack on top of the cabinet to raise and lower the table, but now use a bottle jack—neither of which are elegant solutions to the problem…. Thanks for posting yours!

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