When it is overcast or late in the afternoon, the boys and I have often felt the need for better light while using the drill press. Now we have one; thank you, Lord!
David Rocha, age 11, is only attending school two days a week these days, because the teacher has gotten fed-up with him. Unfortunately, he has behaved badly in school this year and we have been unsuccessful in correcting his insubordination and rebellion. So, for now, he is doing chores around the farm and doing homework on the days that he doesn't attend school.
For example, the first thing he did upon walking into the wood shop room was walk over and turn on the lathe. The lathe had a large, partially completely practice spindle chucked up. That got my attention! He had only seen the lathe with a sanding disc attached before - and had sanded a few things on it. But he wasn't aware of the hazards of sticking your hands in the wrong places with a workpiece mounted up, etc. After I told him not to turn on the equipment without permission, I showed him how it works and gave him the chance to make a cut with the roughing gouge.
We selected a couple of pieces of sapan (a South American hardwood, also known aromata or blackheart) to make the base. Using the joiner, planer, and table saw, we trued them up and cut them down to size. I had a bit of a panic when the planer nicked a couple of small nails that had been buried in the 4x4 piece (it was part of some used posts from a porch that had been donated), but upon checking the cutting blades, we found no damage. David loved the action and noise of the big machines, feeding the planer and receiving boards that I fed through the joiner and table saw.
Then we sanded the components and drilled holes for mounting and assembly. We experimented on some scrap wood to determine the best size hole for inserting the spud from the boom assembly so that it would turn in the hole, but not be too loose to hold its position. I did all the marking, David did all the drilling. We clamped everything down because sapan is a rather hard wood and requires lots of force to cut it.
We used glue and four big wood screws to secure the block to the mounting plate.