You couldn’t ask for a better poster boy for Eccentric Cubicle than my bud in Utah, Joel Dubliner. He’s working his way through the nano projects in preparation for digging in to one of the larger builds, and has already earned his Maker wings with a quick and dirty mod to the drill press lathe that I’m still kicking my butt about for not thinking of it first.
My version of the headstock involved mutilating the end of a piece of threaded rod with a dremel and needle files to form a nice, edgy ‘X’ to anchor the stock securely while it’s spinning. Finicky, time consuming metal mangling at best.
Joels’ solution? Lop the tip off of a big-assed phillips screwdriver and clamp *that* into the drill press chuck instead.
Quick. Easy. Precise.
Here’s Joels’ picasa albums of his workshop shennanigans; you might wanna book mark ’em, since he updates regularly:
…And for those of you who don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, here’s a pdf of the entire drill press lathe project, as seen in Eccentric Cubicle – Link (PDF).
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I’d call that piece the tailstock.
Not to sound like a noob here, but instead of destroying a screwdriver, why not just use a philips hex shaft bit? You know, the kind everyone has for use with a cordless drill to drive screws? Wouldn’t that work?
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