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    Motorized Drill Press Table Lift

    Drill press table crank problems .... I know I'm not the only one!

    My DP table accessories are heavy.
    My custom woodworking table impedes the rotation of the crank handle.... knuckle buster!
    I routinely work large/long items, so my table lift gives me a workout.

    Given all of the advancements the DP has seen, variable speed, rapid speed change, keyless chuck, laser site, etc... The hand crank is laboriously outdated, especially on higher end machines.

    I removed my crank handle exposing the rack and pinion drive shaft and found a way to mount a motor.
    Initial specs and estimates led to a lot of trial and error, but I found a great combo of hardware that gets the job done based on a $5 DC power tool motor.

    Parts include:
    Aluminum L bracket for mount
    Small high RPM DC motor with cooling fan
    3 stage gear reduction
    Drive shaft coupler
    Mechanical and logical motor controls for speed direction
    AC to DC power converter/supply
    Inline fuse protection
    Mounting hardware
    Cable management
    Motor enclosure

    Install requires: drill, metal bits, taps, screw driver, allen wrench

    Take a look at the video .... Very straight forward operation. Easy up, easy down!

    I've also added some photos.

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    Altair (01-18-2015), kbalch (01-16-2015), Paul Jones (01-15-2015)

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    Thanks shopstorm! I've added your Motorized Drill Press Table Lift to our Drilling and Drill Presses and Electrical categories, as well as to your builder page: shopstorm's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:


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    Cool mod. About how much did this cost you in parts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIYer View Post
    Cool mod. About how much did this cost you in parts?
    Thanks.

    The first prototype cost me less than $100. I had some of the minor supplies lying around.
    I am building a right angle lower profile unit now and my target is to build it for ~$50.

    It could be done for less, but I am building this to be able to move over 100 lbs. So it may be a little over engineered for a standard DP table weight.

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    Wow I want one Nice Job Shop Storm.....:O)

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    Another useful addition to a feature-laden DP! Great job shopstorm.

    Al

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    Thanks for feedback....

    Quote Originally Posted by Altair View Post
    Another useful addition to a feature-laden DP! Great job shopstorm.

    Al
    I love the functionality. I'm working on a right angle worm gear style gear motor to minimize the profile. But all in all it is a simple design that works great.... at least for my needs.


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