Drill Press Ratchet Bolt Modification
I’ve been using this modified table lock bolt on my drill press for over a decade now and figured I should write it up.
Closeup of ratchet and bolt modification
My drill press is shoehorned into an area where I can’t easily access it with a wrench, so I took a socket extension, welded on a metric bolt that matches the one on the table lock, and attached a yard-sale 1/2″ ratchet. (My welding is now much better than this.)
Old Mongomery Wards 1/2
When I want to loosen or tighten the drill press table, I just flick the ratchet switch and crank a few times — much faster and easier than using a regular wrench on the bolt head.