Making a Oil Dispenser for a Drill Press

We all love watching YouTube project videos when the build goes seamlessly. But it’s often more educational, to both the Tuber and the viewer, when there are issues with the design and execution of the project.

Such is the case with this project by Laura Kampf. She wanted to build a simple dispenser that would automate the delivery of cutting oil to her drill press. She even found a cute coffee maker that was the perfect size. Laura encounters one problem after another and comes up with great solutions for each.

But after the oiler is finally installed, she ends up with another annoying problem — the device leaks oil when not in use. She ends the video with this quandary, but folks in the YouTube comments have the solution:

The solution is simpler than you think: put the coffee maker lower than the liquid outlet point. In this position, the pump fills the siphon which then continues to drain until the coffee maker is empty, with the coffee maker at the bottom instead, the liquid will return back by gravity.


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