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    Congratulations rgsparber - your Modified Harbor Freight Drill Press Locking Clamp is the Homemade Tool of the Week!

    Another huge week around here, with an unusual amount of very popular builds. This is a very common drill press clamp, and with junk drawer level of investment, makes for yet another excellent modified Harbor Freight tool.

    Some good picks from this week:

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    rgsparber - we'll be adding your tool entry to our All Homemade Tool of the Week winners post. And, you'll be receiving a $25 online gift card, in your choice of Amazon, PayPal, or bitcoin. Please PM me your current email address and gift card choice and I'll get it sent over right away.


    This is your 4th Homemade Tool of the Week win! One more and you'll join these 5-Time Homemade Tool of the Week winners: rossbotics, Christophe Mineau, Brendon, mklotz, Vyacheslav.Nevolya, brianhw, LMMasterMariner, Tuomas, olderdan, tonyfoale.

    Here are all three of your previous winning tools. Nice work!


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    another way to add safety to a drill press is to add a foot switch, no wiring just plug it in to wall then plug DP into switch,,20$,, u can also use this to tap if your DP will go that slow,and u have reverse..

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    Please take another look at the article which is at Version 2.0. It now simply drops into the slot with no locking nut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madokie View Post
    another way to add safety to a drill press is to add a foot switch, no wiring just plug it in to wall then plug DP into switch,,20$,, u can also use this to tap if your DP will go that slow,and u have reverse..
    Very good idea. I just made one up from junk drawer parts and will see how it works.

    Thanks,

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    Last edited by rgsparber; 01-28-2019 at 07:57 AM. Reason: added an update of my progress
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    Quote Originally Posted by rgsparber View Post
    Please take another look at the article which is at Version 2.0. It now simply drops into the slot with no locking nut.

    Rick
    Excellent mod there. Makes a regular drill press table work like a T slot table...with a twist

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgsparber View Post
    Drilling large holes in small pieces of metal can be dangerous on a drill press. The drill can "snatch" and spin the part around. If you are holding the part in your fingers, blood can be spilled.

    The easier it is to clamp the part, the more likely I am to be safe. As bought, the Harbor Freight drill press locking clamp is not easy to use. Yet, it can be improved with help from my junk drawer.
    excellent innovation, adaptation, Rick. I'll very probably be imitating it.

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    Nice Drill Sleykin!

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    Thanks Rick! We've added your Drill Press Clamp Modification to our Clamps category, as well as to your builder page: Rick's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:



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