My favorite tool probably has to be my drill press. It seems like any project I do involves the use of my drill press, but the joy of using it has been somewhat dampened by the fact that the vertical adjustment crank, being made of cheap plastic, broke quite easily.
I've been using this uncomfortable, hard to use crank for several years simply out of laziness., but I finally got an idea for a simple solution to fix it.
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Step 1: Find a Bike and Take It apart!
I bought an old steel road bike a few years ago for 5 bucks. It has served me well, but I decided it was time to retire it due to the fact that new tubes and tires would cost more than the entire bike is worth.
But it is not going to waste. The first thing to be recycled is one of the crank arms. It fits almost perfectly onto the height adjustment shaft, It's made of nice tough steel, and it's shiny! Who could ask for more?
Step 2: Cut the Crank to size!
I began by cutting the crank to be roughly the same length as the old plastic one. This stuff was stronger than I thought. I started with a hacksaw and got pretty much nowhere. It was no match for a grinder cutting wheel though. I smoothed it off and even used a wire brush to shine up the chrome a bit.