Those that hibernate of their workshops have a behavior of re-imagining their relationship to instruments. And [Marius Hornberger] isn’t any exception, however the 9 upgrades he’s added to his grandfather’s previous drill press places this machine on a complete different stage.
In correct storytime vogue, [Marius] steps us via every improve, the rationale, and the effort and time that went into crafting the answer. A few of these upgrades, like a digital readout (DRO), add trendy options to an old-school gadget. Others, like an oil mist cooling system and a compressed air chip blower, borrow from different machines with comparable setups. Some, just like the chip guard, are good private touches. And some, just like the motorized desk with computerized clamp, rework all the operator expertise. On the entire, these upgrades comply with a mild theme of personalizing the machine to [Marius’] tastes, giving him a pleasant, extra private operator expertise that’s tuned via his on a regular basis use. Amid the sheer quantity of tweaks although, we’re satisfied that you simply’ll discover one thing that tickles your tinkering fancy.
It’s value mentioning that the pneumatic desk clamp alone (at 4:28) makes all the video well worth the watch. In the event you’ve ever had the mishap of pinching your finger or struggling to carry the desk regular whereas clamping it in place, this little improve takes all of that away, changing the swivel deal with with a homebrew pneumatic cylinder made within the store. With a single button press, a swoosh of compressed air both clamps or releases the desk. Better of all, the setup nonetheless sports activities a hand clamp if [Marius] is working with no compressed air supply.
It’s additionally value mentioning that a few [Marius’] upgrades fully skip the CAD step altogether. As a substitute, [Marius] creates templates immediately off the drill press with tracing paper after which instantly transfers them onto inventory supplies. It’s a pleasant reminder that not each small challenge wants to start out with a 3D mannequin.
If all these upgrades are getting you prepared to change your machine, look no additional than the video description the place he’s courteously posted inks to key parts behind these upgrades.
The story of many-a-workshop usually includes reinventing your machine instruments. In the event you’re searching for extra tales of instrument upgrades, take a look at resurrecting a machine from literal ashes or a machine that improves itself.