Popular Post HandyDan Posted February 26, 2021 Popular Post Report Share Posted February 26, 2021 I was never happy drilling on the lathe. All that cranking of the tailstock wheel and never enough travel. I always thought a lever action, like a drill press, would be nice especially when it comes to clearing the chips from the bit and hole. I looked through my stash of "Stuff that Will Come in Handy Someday" and found everything I needed. I had a tailstock from a old small lathe I scrapped so I took it and removed the 1/2" shaft that was in it and turned a brass bushing with a 3/8" hole to fit in its place. I chose the 3/8" hole because the mounting thread for the drill chuck was 3'8" and I found a rod with 3/8" fine thread already on it. Mated the two together and checked for true and it was more than close enough for this purpose. Since the tailstock didn't match my Delta 46-460 I needed to make a pedestal for it to mate to. Made it from some 1.5"X3" plastic and made a hold down clamp from some Delrin I had on hand. This part was a little tricky so to make sure I got it right I chucked a 3/8" bushing in the lathe chuck and slid the assembly with a 3/8" bit in the drill chuck it in and out until it did so effortlessly. Next up was the linkage. All went well there. Mounted it on the lathe and the tests proved success. I now have a lever action drill for my lathe with a 4" travel. Fred W. Hargis Jr, FlGatorwood, Gerald and 7 others 10 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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