I admire this project. I power-tap frequently on various machines, our drill press being the least accommodating. This would solve it.
I'm interested what means attain a convenient "o'clock" position. Table height is a good start, with tapping a relatively shallow operation. Could a clamp substitute a knob, readily moved to any of the three arms, or 3 half-knobs?
Digging around, turned up what seem a finger operated cutting fluid dispenser. O-Rings deteriorated, but the remainder seem fine, but haven't determined all parts are present. Too busy working for time to dive into it. A shop-made thing, it seems to use a reservoir, small capillary tube, and a spring loaded 'piston', in a compact aluminum body. Gravity fed, the O-ringed piston rod interrupts flow from vented tank to lower tube. Lower tube, I envision inside a sleeve to aim fluid where intended. A light compression spring is missing (?). Cool part, it could be set where other hand [left for most of us] could operate, while right is engaged feeding drill or tap.
Sprays and brushes are fine but use w-a-y more liquid than needed and triple clean up effort afterward.
...we'll learn more by wandering than searching...
Back when I had a drill press that had the adjustable rotational speeds to do power taping I had 3 different sizes of the tap o matic style self reversing devices. No need to reverse the drill press.
the only drill press I ever had that could be stopped instantly is my 7.5 HP Cleeremen but it is a jig drill not a drill press per-say.
I have been thinking about converting 1 of my belt driven drill presses to a change gear head using a variant of
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