Drill Press Modification - Modified !

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Project by Bearpaw posted 05-04-2011 06:27 PM 4574 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had just added a new drill press table to my father’s old Sears/Simpson drill press that is about 70 years old. My problem and the modification were to make the table easier to move up and down. To do so I added a counter weight from old window sash. This works fine.

Now I have modified the table by adding a drawer on each side to keep my drills and other items used at the drill press. So now my table has saddle bags. I will have to add one more window sash for this extra weight.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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Brian S

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#1 posted 05-04-2011 07:28 PM

Looks great! I really like the idea of using a counterweight to balance the load and make moving the table easier. It’s a clever solution.

I don’t know about your drill press, but the column on mine is hollow. It makes me wonder if it might be possible to leave the counterweight inside the column of the drill press. This would keep it out of the way, but would probably require a bit more modification of the original machine – which you may or may not be willing to do. Also, from the picture, it’s not clear if the counterweights you are using would even fit in the column. Maybe it would be more trouble than it’s worth.

Anyway, great work, thanks for sharing.

-- Brian

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#2 posted 05-04-2011 09:40 PM

Nice table. I purchased a Kreg drill press table for my drill press, yours looks just like mine and probably cost alot less. I was wondering if you have the same problem I have with my hand hitting the table when I use the crank handle.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#3 posted 05-04-2011 11:43 PM

Very slick! I like it…...........Jim
But….it is not save to leave that chuck key in the chuck. Put a little bracket on the post or back of the table to store it in. I made one for my drill press and I always know where it is.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 05-05-2011 01:07 AM

I used to own the same drill press before a move across the country, give or take a few years. No vibration issues with that chunk of iron.

The table is a nice upgrade and you will not have to go looking for drill bits now.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#5 posted 05-05-2011 04:50 AM

Great job !!
Funny how they used to be smart enough to make the drill base wide enough to prevent tipping !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 05-05-2011 03:18 PM

The counter weight looks like a great fix for a common problem



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Paulo in Texas

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#7 posted 05-05-2011 04:45 PM

I bought a Harbor Freight drill press table and it warped already so I’m going to make the next table instead. The drawers are a great idea I might have to incorporate into the new top.

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#8 posted 05-15-2011 09:25 PM

nice simple fence

-- 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 02-06-2012 06:21 AM

Great idea! Hope you don’t mind but I’m incorporating your counter weight idea into my drill press modification. Hope it works!

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#10 posted 02-06-2012 06:30 AM

Looks super ,nice work


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#11 posted 02-25-2012 03:39 AM

Just wanted to say thanks for your great idea. I’ve incorporated into my drill press project. If you are interested take a look at my blog on it. I’m not quite finished, but it should be getting close by the end of this weekend.

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