Adjustable stock stand

For quite some time I’ve had it on my list to build some type of adjustable height stock stand but in the meantime I have muddled through projects with various impromptu props, all of which worked, just not very well. Recently though I spotted a table base in the trash of our local coffee shop and thought it would make the perfect base for a stock stand. After a little sketching with MoI and rummaging in the scrap pile (I did have to buy some 3/4″ threaded rod & nuts), the idea took shape. The resulting stand provides a stout & convenient support with heights ranging from 30″ to 56″. The photos and the sketch tell the story.

Viking Serpent

Recently I was taking apart an old Royal vacuum cleaner that I’d scrounged from the trash and was amused by the face that I saw in one of its castings. As often happens, an interesting shape gets me thinking; in this case the image that came to mind was of a serpent akin to those found on the prow of Viking ships. With a bit of experimentation I came up with some pleasing curves to use for the neck & then bent them from 1/2″ steel rod. Arranging and holding the rods prior to welding was a bit of a challenge, but once welded and cut to fit flush to the head, the real challenge was how to clamp the rods for drilling and tapping. Maybe overkill, but I like the neat appearance of machine screws so I attached the head to the neck with #10-24 SHCS. Once complete, the next step was to mount it to the drill press…a bit of a whimsical mascot! May need to raise it a bit though as it wound up being just about head-banging height. Working on a dorsal fin for him now though…

Support for Dust Deputy

I found a “new, unused” Dust Deputy (cyclonic dust separator) on craigslist, but closer inspection later on showed opaque stress marks in the plastic where the bottom of the cone meets the flange (maybe it was a little more used than claimed). I had also seen references to problems with Dust Deputies being weak in this area so I wanted to provide some additional support when I mounted this one to the plastic lid of the 5 gallon pail. My solution augments the standard flange mount with a pair of plywood rings joined by 4 rods which provides additional strength and stiffness for the Dust Deputy.

The support was constructed was from scrap 5/8″ plywood, 1/4″ rod, gasket material, nylon-insert locknuts and 1″ fender washers. I started layout on the plywood using the manufacturer’s template for the holes in the plastic lid and then added the 8″ outer circle and 4 holes for the support rods. Both plywood rings were cut and drilled together, though the 6 flange holes were only drilled in the bottom ring. I’d originally intended to put gaskets on both sides of the lid, but that was overkill so I only put gaskets on the top of the lid. The bottom set of nuts on the rods were tightened to securely clamp the lid and bottom ring, but the top nuts were only gently snugged to avoid putting too much compressive force on the Dust Deputy.