Olly Writes

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Spring Forward

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.

Following on from the success of that effort then, I decided to carry the idea on to my Makita LS1013 sliding mitre saw, where I’ve also been left dis-satisfied (at times) with the reliability of the depth stop used when making trench, notch, tenon shoulder or housing cuts.

As I haven’t yet had a chance to try this out though, I’m not entirely sure how much of a difference it will actually make… Trenching isn’t actually something I do a lot of and, wherever possible, I would prefer to use the router for that, anyway. I selected a 35mm spring; based on my thinking that, the more the spring is compressed, the greater the effect it will have. In truth though, it’s still very easy to turn between two fingers; even more so than the stop on my drill, which does concern me a little. There’s also a tiny O-ring missing from inside the casting, which would prevent the screw from moving and may even dampen vibrations further… Perhaps we’ll find out, in time.

It’s clear to me that I now need to invest in a selection pack of compression springs! 😀

A very brief post, this one. In addition to improving the depth stop on my pillar drill, I’m yet to finish making a new MDF sub-table. But, as something I’d been waiting for dropped through the letterbox yesterday, I should now be ready to begin laminating three layers of 9mm MDF to form the full thickness – more on that to come, soon!

Thanks for reading.

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