Make your crank-handle user-friendly
My auxiliary drill-press table adds a lot of surface area for better stock support than the small factory-supplied table. But it's so large, every time I wanted to raise or lower it, I had to slide it away from the table-elevation crank in order to turn the handle—frustrating, to say the least.
I fixed the problem by replacing the crank with an old socket, which I had drilled and tapped to accept a setscrew. The setscrew location corresponds with the flat part of the crankshaft and locks it into place. Now I just use a ratcheting socket wrench to raise or lower the table.
—Concepcion Ortiz, Sioux City, Iowa