My Drill Press only had one handle on it when I snagged it off Offer Up.
The little plastic knob on the end is broken in half too.
I made one other handle for it and have just been getting by with the two..
Of course it has Metric threads because it was made in Japan either in the late 60’s or early 70’s I’m guessing.
Somewhere out there I still have enough material to make another stem and I will get to that eventually. After I made the one handle I went online trying to find new knobs for the ends.
Not as easy as I thought it would be. I found one, that’s one, outfit on Fleabay that had some and they were $8 each.
Yeah, no. $24 plus shipping for a drill press I only paid $50 for in the first place don’t sit well.
So I see this guy and this fix.
White golf balls just don’t do it for me, maybe if I could find some black ones, anything but white.
Of course with me, they wouldn’t be white for long anyway but still…
By the time a guy got done messing around with this it would probably be cheaper and easier to just try Fleabay again.
Metric barrel nuts ain’t gonna be cheap even if you found free golf balls.
I’m also not so sure I would be wanting my hand so close to that spinning Forstner bit but hey, I have done stupid things in the past too.
So JFYI, here is a way to replace broken knobs in a pinch.