Monday morning started off surprisingly well this week when I arrived at my workshop to find a small package waiting for me, containing a brand-new, bespoke depth stop for my Axminster ED16B pillar drill, courtesy of a good friend from the forums at The Wood Haven.
Along with rare earth magnets (as detailed in my previous post), I’m also beginning to realise that springs (particularly the compression-type) also have a place in the woodworking workshop.
Above, I’ve fitted a 75mm long compression spring between the two M16 nuts on the depth stop for my recently-purchased ED16B pillar drill. I’m sure I made it clear before that I was a little disappointed with this arrangement when I first purchased the machine. Finger-tight pressure between the two nuts was not enough when running the drill on one of the higher speeds – they always vibrate loose so, you have to use a spanner (or, preferably, two). But, with this spring (and a couple of M16 washers) now in place, that’s all in the past. Now, I can easily set the drilling depth without having to reach for a tool – my thanks go to Mike Garnham for this solution.
Over the weekend, I got my new pillar drill all cleaned up and ready to run. With the help of “some old man“, I was also able to get it in to position on its new stand – it’s only 2in shorter than my previous drill but, it just seems like a lot more…
Although I haven’t yet had a chance to put it through its paces yet, I think it would be good at this time to take a closer look at many of this drill’s features and see how it compares and, hopefully, improves on the offerings of my former Clarke CDP201B.
(You see it now – it really is too tall for your average 900mm bench!)