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    Aluminum Replacement Knobs for Drill Press

    Aluminum Replacement Knobs for My Drill Press

    I enjoy re-building equipment that needs a little TLC, and my drill-press handle knobs needed to be replaced because all 3 had cracked and did not hold on the handle threads anymore.

    Aluminum Replacement Knobs for Drill Press-broken-plastic-knob.jpg

    Could have purchased some new Knobs and quickly replaced them ... but much more fun to Cast some out of Aluminum.


    Aluminum Replacement Knobs for Drill Press-drill-press-knob-shape.jpg

    No special reason for the unusual shape ... Just wanted something different

    Aluminum Replacement Knobs for Drill Press-superdave-knob-casting.jpg

    Ground & buffed them off just enough to get rid of the sharp edges ...

    Aluminum Replacement Knobs for Drill Press-tapping-thread-knob.jpg

    Then tapped the knobs with metric M10 x 1.5 Thread to match drill-press handles.

    Aluminum Replacement Knobs for Drill Press-aluminum-knobs-3d-printed-patterns.jpg

    I put more photos on my Website at this LINK:
    https://ctmprojectsblog.wordpress.co...l-press-knobs/

    Aluminum Replacement Knobs for Drill Press-finished-drill-press-handle-knobs.jpg

    Once Again ... Nothing Fancy but works for what I need.

    ... CHEERS!!!
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    I like this as I have done aluminum casting and have also have annoying cheap drill press handles. Great job and great idea.

    Here is a sample of one of my projects.

    ww.homemadetools.net/forum/wood-metal-collaboration-17115

    and another:Lost foam casting for mortising fence
    Bob from Canada

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    Thanks MetalDesigner! We've added your Aluminum Drill Press Knobs to our Drilling and Drill Presses category,
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    NICE custom drill press mod!

    I have some exotic hardwood scraps around that might make some interesting handles.... time to tackle that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manitoba Man View Post
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    I like this as I have done aluminum casting and have also have annoying cheap drill press handles. Great job and great idea.

    Here is a sample of one of my projects.

    ww.homemadetools.net/forum/wood-metal-collaboration-17115

    and another:Lost foam casting for mortising fence
    Bob from Canada

    I like that Aluminum cast fence ... Well Done!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shopstorm View Post
    I have some exotic hardwood scraps around that might make some interesting handles.... time to tackle that one.
    Exotic Hardwood with an interesting grain pattern would look outstanding!! Great Idea!!

    CHEERS!!

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    Other Shift Knob Casting

    Aluminum Replacement Knobs for Drill Press-superdave-sand-casting.jpg

    In the Sand Casting Flask photo you can see there was another part that SuperDave Cast.

    Aluminum Replacement Knobs for Drill Press-allen-knob.jpg

    It is a Shift Knob for my 1999 Jeep ...

    Aluminum Replacement Knobs for Drill Press-3d-printed-shifter-patterns.jpg

    Also drew up in SolidWorks a Hurst Type Pattern for SuperDave

    Aluminum Replacement Knobs for Drill Press-12-degree-draft.jpg

    3D-Printed the Split-Patterns for casting and sent them with the Drill-Press Knobs to SuperDave.

    Aluminum Replacement Knobs for Drill Press-jeep-shifter-1.jpg
    Didn't buff the Shift Knob up too much ... Well ~ Cause it's for a JEEP!!

    Aluminum Replacement Knobs for Drill Press-jeep-shifter-2.jpg

    BTW ~ Thank You HomeMadeTools.net for the 'Tool of the Week' award for the post about 3D-Printing Patterns to make the Vise Castings ... I am using the $25 Amazon Gift Card to get something for SuperDave as a Thank You, cause he did all the real work on the project.

    Update ~ He picked out a book from Amazon with Gift Card

    Aluminum Replacement Knobs for Drill Press-jeep-shifter-3.jpg

    Website Link with All the Metal Casting Photos:
    https://ctmprojectsblog.wordpress.co...l-press-knobs/

    CHEERS!!!


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