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Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Nova Voyager - Aftermarket table
« Reply #30 on: October 29, 2018, 01:48 PM »
Doh! Tracktubesguy, you just make me realized that the DP3 can be reversed  [big grin]

After crushing all the numbers I came with a first draft. Let me know what you think and if you see any flaw.



This is the lower layer only, showing where the WP tracks will sit. The dark grey parts are column and actual drill press table. The light grey are bumpers under the table to ease installation and make sure it's always at the same position. The column collar (that's how I named it) have a shape to allow the table to tilt easily. The black parts are where the WP tracks will be. I still have to find out the center of the chuck based on the column (What is called the depth I guess).
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Offline rvieceli

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Re: Nova Voyager - Aftermarket table
« Reply #31 on: October 29, 2018, 03:01 PM »
@Mario Turcot

There's not a particularly compelling reason the have the add on table extend any farther that the column in the rear. You won't really gain anything and it complicates the construction a bit.

In addition you might as well extend the t track all the way to the front edge. Makes it easier to insert things.

If it were me, I'd take bar stock that would fit through the slot in the factory table, drill and tap it for maybe 1/4-20 or the metric equivalent. Cut it to a length that when rotated at 90 degrees to the slot would hold securely. I would then drill and countersink the holes in the add on top to keep the screw heads below the surface. You would align the tapped bars so they dropped through the factory table slots to below the factory table and then rotate them 90 to the slot and tighten the screws.

You'd need to decide if you needed just two of those or maybe one in the front also.

Ron

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Re: Nova Voyager - Aftermarket table
« Reply #32 on: October 29, 2018, 03:57 PM »
Depending on what sort of fence mounts are being used having the table extend back past the column can gain a couple inches of usable space.  My t- track fence  mounts are behind the fence. The table extends back. The mount can be in the track space beyond the column gaining space in the drilling area in front of the fence.

 


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Re: Nova Voyager - Aftermarket table
« Reply #33 on: October 29, 2018, 04:20 PM »
I used a socket  with extension and flex head ratchet (extra stuff I had) in place of the crank on this Delta. It works very well. Plenty of leverage, easy to reach with out contortions,  and works around any other objects that might be in the way.

Seth

Just thinking, we all have at least 1 old cordless drill that refuses to die and it's battery still charges to full capacity, yet when we reach for a drill we always grab the newer models. [sad]

Why not replace that ratchet handle with the old cordless drill and then just pull the trigger?  [big grin] 

I'm going to try that on my Delta...got an old Milwaukee cordless just hanging out in the shop.

Offline Dick Mahany

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Re: Nova Voyager - Aftermarket table
« Reply #34 on: October 29, 2018, 05:17 PM »
I made a home brew drill press table from 1" MDF and Formica laminate.  I dedicated an inexpensive ratchet for the column lock and extended the crank handle.  While it works great for my needs, there are a few things sub optimal.  One is that to tilt the table, I have to loosen a set screw on the coupling nut for the crank handle extension.  The other is that I wish I had made the crank handle quickly removable as it always seems to snag on other tools when I wheel my drill press into storage position.

Edit:  Note the position of the square sacrificial insert.  It is purposely offset to drill in one quadrant of the insert.  This gives me 4x positions on two sides before I need to replace the insert.





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Re: Nova Voyager - Aftermarket table
« Reply #35 on: October 29, 2018, 06:09 PM »
I made a home brew drill press table from 1" MDF and Formica laminate.  I dedicated an inexpensive ratchet for the column lock and extended the crank handle.  While it works great for my needs, there are a few things sub optimal.  One is that to tilt the table, I have to loosen a set screw on the coupling nut for the crank handle extension.  The other is that I wish I had made the crank handle quickly removable as it always seems to snag on other tools when I wheel my drill press into storage position.



  Cool extension!  If you take out the front set screw you can go with a socket and extensions in place of the threaded rod. And  maybe a universal would take care of the tilt problem?

Seth

Offline Caboose1966

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Re: Nova Voyager - Aftermarket table
« Reply #36 on: October 29, 2018, 06:17 PM »
See why I don't mind "hijacking".... I LOVE all these ideas and pictures!  I have the Woodpeckers fence and the fence on it's way, but now I want to make my own custom fence, too.  I also have a 6" handwheel coming for the table elevation crank, but I'm liking these extensions and ratchets and all the other cool ideas.  Necessity is the mother of invention, right.

Hijack away!!   ;)

Dean

Offline Dick Mahany

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Re: Nova Voyager - Aftermarket table
« Reply #37 on: October 29, 2018, 07:56 PM »

  Cool extension!  If you take out the front set screw you can go with a socket and extensions in place of the threaded rod. And  maybe a universal would take care of the tilt problem?

Seth

Great suggestion...........I see a trip to Harbor Freight for some cheap 3/8" extensions in my future  [big grin]

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Re: Nova Voyager - Aftermarket table
« Reply #38 on: October 29, 2018, 10:15 PM »

  Cool extension!  If you take out the front set screw you can go with a socket and extensions in place of the threaded rod. And  maybe a universal would take care of the tilt problem?

Seth

Great suggestion...........I see a trip to Harbor Freight for some cheap 3/8" extensions in my future  [big grin]


Not sure how well it will crank with the universal while tilted and I think you will need to allow extra length in the extension so that it can slide in the support  when tilting.

Seth

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Nova Voyager - Aftermarket table
« Reply #39 on: October 30, 2018, 07:27 AM »
@rvieceli Ron, thank you for your comments on my first draft.
There's not a particularly compelling reason the have the add on table extend any farther that the column in the rear. You won't really gain anything and it complicates the construction a bit.

In addition you might as well extend the t track all the way to the front edge. Makes it easier to insert things.

If it were me, I'd take bar stock that would fit through the slot in the factory table, drill and tap it for maybe 1/4-20 or the metric equivalent. Cut it to a length that when rotated at 90 degrees to the slot would hold securely. I would then drill and countersink the holes in the add on top to keep the screw heads below the surface. You would align the tapped bars so they dropped through the factory table slots to below the factory table and then rotate them 90 to the slot and tighten the screws.

You'd need to decide if you needed just two of those or maybe one in the front also.

Ron

Ron, I agree with you that it might not help it and that make the design more complicated. I do like some challenge  [big grin].

I am a too visual person to picture where you talk about drill & countersink the holes [sad]. My goal right now is to get to a design that will give me the larger working surface possible w/o getting out of wack. For example, if I end up extending the table in the back, there will be a notch for the handle or the handle will be mounted under the table like Dick one with a double universal joints. I like the hand wheel suggestion, looks very nice I.M.O.

Extending the tracks? Well that first draft is based on the length of the WP tracks 15 3/4". I was planning to add a key hole (T-Bolt size) in the front of each slot to help sliding in clamps.

Having a front track? Another very good suggestion. I might add one on the next version. Of course that track would go all the way  [wink]

I am still at the design phase and love all the idead & pictures you guys bring in. Thank you  [smile]
Mario