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  • Adding depth stop to Delta Drill Press

    Bit by bit, I am using my lathe to upgrade a lot of my existing machinery. So far I have made a new main gear hub for my home built reciprocating hacksaw (the main gear is 14" diameter and had a terrible wobble to it, which was the result of not having access to a lathe when the saw was built 35 year ago), and I have added adjustability to the table of my home made vertical belt sander. Now it is time to improve/modify some of my purchased machinery. I have a Delta Drill press (floor model) which is about 20 years old. It has been a great machine, but come from the factory with no depth stop on it. I took a close look at it this morning, and I see how an adjustable depth stop can be made fairly easily. I was just wondering if anyone here on the forum has ever made their own drill press depth stop, and if they have any pictures of what they done.---Brian
    Brian Rupnow

  • #2
    This is a picture of the drill press with the spindle advanced about 1". The largest diameter above the chuck does not rotate when the drill press is running.---It is 2.59" diameter x 0.79" thick. I believe a peice made to clamp around it, with an extended nose out to one side could be made from 3/4" aluminum plate, and a peice of threaded rod attached to it (as per 3D cad model). I would have to make a bracket that attached to the cast portion above it, on the main frame to let the threaded rod pass thru a clearance hole, and add a couple of lock nuts. The only possible problem I see is drilling and tapping the casting for a couple of 1/4-20 screws to hold the bracket in place.

    Last edited by brian Rupnow; 05-18-2008, 10:38 AM.
    Brian Rupnow

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    • #3
      This fairly slick device is on my Atlas DP from 1952.....

      There are fixed increments, and a calibrated adjustment within each fixed increment. it attaches just as you propose.

      (BTW, it came on it stock, all I have done is re-make the slider, which was of course zamac, despite this being an "industrial" machine.)

      Last edited by J Tiers; 05-18-2008, 12:42 PM.
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      • #4
        I had a similar DP Brian, with the same problem.
        When the original plastic POS gave up, I just drilled and tapped a couple of holes in the casing to mount a bracket, which then carried a piece of rod, locked by setscrew. The rod had a piece of flatbar welded to the bottom as a quill stop. Set the rod to required depth and the flatbar stopped the quill.
        When not required, just loosen the setscrew and swing aside.

        Sorry about the long-winded description, but I no longer have the drill to take pics.
        Really, it's one of those things that take longer to describe than to do.

        Rgds, Lin

        Edit to say, at one stage I required a TA to drill a bunch of parts to the same depth, so I mounted a microswitch on the bracket which cut the motor at required depth.
        Saved me a fortune on the bunny breaking drills
        Last edited by Swarf&Sparks; 05-18-2008, 10:44 AM.
        Just got my head together
        now my body's falling apart

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        • #5
          This is a similar arrangement on my 1950's Sprunger. Not as fancy as J Tiers' Atlas but it gets the job done.

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          • #6
            I just re-built the one on an old Craftsman for the shop teacher and made
            a quick adjust nut for the stop. I don't have any pix but the teacher
            will probably take a few and I'll see if I can get them and post later.
            ...lew...

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            • #7
              I have a 20 year old delta that looks the same as yours, and it has a rotary stop system on the hub of the downfeed arms, doesn't yours?

              If you do add a threaded rod stop, one of these nuts is handy, it slides on 1/2-20, then can be adjusted by the .001. I removed the 5/8 rod from my Rockwell and replaced it with 1/2 so I could use one.

              Last edited by gellfex; 05-18-2008, 12:15 PM.
              Location: Jersey City NJ USA

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              • #8
                OK Gell, don't keep us in suspense!
                Where did you get that?
                Very handy piece of kit for many situations.
                Just got my head together
                now my body's falling apart

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                • #9
                  My cheapo drill press had a threaded stop built in and I hated it - took so long to adjust the nuts that I seldom used it. I replaced the threaded rod with a plain rod and made a stop with a split cotter to lock it; quick and easy to set or reset.

                  More info: http://www.gadgetbuilder.com/BandSaw...ill_Press_Stop




                  Edit: Change file names
                  Last edited by GadgetBuilder; 09-04-2008, 04:50 PM.
                  Location: Newtown, CT USA

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Swarf&Sparks
                    OK Gell, don't keep us in suspense!
                    Where did you get that?
                    Very handy piece of kit for many situations.

                    S&S, if you right click on the image and check it's properties, you'll see it's located on Enco!

                    Model #505-2178
                    Low Price: $44.00 ea

                    It's not cheap, but after trying to make one for the 5/8 and it coming out sloppy, I decided it was worth it.
                    Location: Jersey City NJ USA

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for that GF, but at that price, I may just make em myself

                      BTW, some 1/2" plunge routers use a similar sprung nut setup. May be worth investigating?
                      Just got my head together
                      now my body's falling apart

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                      • #12
                        Nice work guys!

                        How about a full on drill press enhancement thread? What's everyone done?

                        I covet one of these swing arm clamps from Travers:



                        Cheers,

                        BW
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                        • #13
                          Delta updated that 16 1/2" DP model about ten years ago with that better style of depth stop you are making and also their version of that "push button stop nut" you have pictured. It looked like a 3/8 X 1" bar that was bent at 90 deg. and bolted on the side of the head. I too, was intrigued by that adjustable nut when I first saw it, but have yet to add a better stop to my Delta.
                          So, if you have a Delta store near you, you may be able to go and see one and save all that work.
                          Last edited by Chester; 05-18-2008, 12:48 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by BobWarfield
                            Nice work guys!

                            How about a full on drill press enhancement thread? What's everyone done?

                            I covet one of these swing arm clamps from Travers:



                            Cheers,

                            BW

                            Yes, a new thread is needed for enhancements. Do you have a link to that clamp? Can't seem to open that picture that (was) there.

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                            • #15
                              Far and away the best thing I did when pimping out my new(old) Rockwell was a VFD. Now I can spin a knob for any speed, and the readout shows me RPM's! Also, by oversetting the frequency I can get 30% higher RPM's, which is within spec for the motor. So many times I would drill at clearly the wrong speed because I was too rushed or lazy to mess with the belts. No more...

                              And keyless chucks rock.
                              Location: Jersey City NJ USA

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