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Restoring an Old Drill Press
      07/26/10 07:28 PM

With permission from Mac and encouragement from a few fellow Woodnetters, I’m going try something a little different here. A number of folks post information, discussion, photos, etc. of machinery restoration projects, typically in “before” and “after” condition, and occasionally with some questions while in process. But we don’t often get to follow along throughout the restoration process, looking over the shoulder so to speak.

I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while, but haven’t come across a good project machine that might be of general interest to the WN crowd, would not be too difficult for folks with varying levels of background and shop infrastructure, and is likely to cover a lot of topics that come up here on occasion. A good, solid drill press that needs work seems to fit the bill pretty well, and I finally snagged one to try.

The purpose of this not to show “how to do it” or even just “how I do it.” Instead, hopefully, it will generate discussion, questions, and encourage others to chime in with input, other suggestions, alternative approaches, etc. The intent really is to show what’s involved, that it can be as much or as little work as you want to make it, you don’t need lots of equipment or knowhow, and is just a process that goes along at whatever pace you wish. I’m not going to rush on this, just take it as usual -- a couple hours at night most nights, a fair bit on weekends, and don’t work when I don’t feel like it. It is just a hobby, after all. The only difference is I’ll document it as I go, rather than waiting until it’s done.

For the record: as usual, I am bound to screw up, may do things nobody else would ever consider reasonable, and will use whatever tools, techniques, ingenuity, and other resources I have available. Throughout, I’ll include the good, the bad, and the ugly… which definitely fits the project machine (to be described in a subsequent post). Cringe if you want, and I invite scrutiny and criticism on any front. Unlike most threads, where we see the project after it’s done, I don’t know how this will turn out. I hope and expect it to be nice a few weeks down the road, but don’t know what’s going to turn up… every project is different. Hopefully, we’ll see a really nice drill press in about a month.

Finally, for now, I’m not sure whether it will be more appropriate to run this as one long thread or to break it into separate subject “chapters.” I know, going in, that the project roughly breaks down into a few key topics:

- Introduction, Acquisition and Disassembly
- Stripping, Cleaning and Painting
- Bearings, Pulleys, Chuck and Mechanical
- Motor and Electrical
- Reassembly, Tuning and Operation

As we go, I’m only going to show what I do, but will give passing mention and links to resources regarding other subjects where appropriate. If you have input, suggestions, see anything you don’t understand, have something going yourself that would contribute to the discussion, please post away. But please keep it clean, orderly, and on topic, so we don’t get poofed somewhere down the road.

Thanks all… hopefully at least a few folks will follow along, and maybe even a few play along with the home version yourselves.

Bill.

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Bill
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* Restoring an Old Drill Press skizzo 07/26/10 07:28 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press KC7CN   03/06/13 01:23 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press GirchyGirchy   03/06/13 12:25 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press skizzo   03/06/13 02:22 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press GirchyGirchy   03/06/13 03:08 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press Snipe Hunter   03/09/13 06:55 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press skizzo   01/01/14 11:30 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press Buckaroo   04/30/14 04:22 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press skizzo   04/30/14 11:52 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press Buckaroo   05/01/14 07:34 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press atxt002   05/10/14 01:28 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press Axl   05/10/14 04:31 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press Hank Knight in SC   05/10/14 03:17 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press jonzz   03/06/13 12:45 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press Dogfisher   02/28/13 01:14 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press Hank Knight in SC   08/23/10 01:56 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press Outstando   08/23/10 07:25 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press fishhh4   08/02/10 06:55 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press mongo   07/27/10 07:33 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press skizzo   07/27/10 10:29 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press LarryC   07/27/10 12:35 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press Rick_B   07/27/10 07:09 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press Jonny Rocket   07/27/10 07:41 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press skizzo   07/27/10 10:32 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press skizzo   07/27/10 01:37 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press LarryC   07/27/10 01:53 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - ACQUISITION skizzo   07/26/10 10:23 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - ACQUISITION EvilTwin   07/27/10 08:09 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - ACQUISITION skizzo   07/27/10 10:40 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - DISASSEMBLY skizzo   07/27/10 08:50 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - DISASSEMBLY Ken C.   08/10/10 08:43 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - DISASSEMBLING THE HEAD skizzo   07/27/10 09:44 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - DISASSEMBLING THE TABLE skizzo   07/28/10 12:03 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - DISASSEMBLING THE TABLE LarryC   07/28/10 12:57 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - DISASSEMBLING THE TABLE Buckaroo   07/28/10 10:39 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - DISASSEMBLING THE TABLE EvilTwin   07/28/10 08:20 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - DISASSEMBLING THE TABLE Buckaroo   07/29/10 03:32 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - DISASSEMBLING THE TABLE skizzo   07/28/10 10:43 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - SPINDLE PULLEY AND BEARINGS skizzo   07/28/10 11:44 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - QUILL AND SPINDLE skizzo   07/29/10 12:46 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - QUILL AND SPINDLE Hank Knight in SC   07/29/10 03:26 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - QUILL AND SPINDLE AgGEM   07/29/10 01:34 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - QUILL AND SPINDLE skizzo   07/29/10 03:49 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - MOTOR PULLEY skizzo   07/30/10 12:22 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - MOTOR PULLEY gregr   07/30/10 08:53 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - MOTOR PULLEY skizzo   07/30/10 10:16 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - MOTOR PULLEY Buckaroo   07/30/10 11:34 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - MOTOR PULLEY skizzo   07/30/10 12:57 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - MOTOR PULLEY Buckaroo   07/30/10 01:21 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - MOTOR PULLEY skizzo   07/30/10 01:25 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - MOTOR PULLEY skizzo   07/31/10 11:23 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - BASE AND COLUMN skizzo   08/01/10 01:03 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - BASE AND COLUMN Mr_Mike   08/01/10 11:36 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - BASE AND COLUMN skizzo   08/02/10 12:06 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - BASE AND COLUMN Mr_Mike   08/02/10 12:58 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - BASE AND COLUMN Cannon51   08/02/10 06:29 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - BASE AND COLUMN mlincoln   08/01/10 08:48 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - BASE AND COLUMN skizzo   08/01/10 11:53 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - BASE AND COLUMN rjdankert   08/02/10 04:34 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - BASE AND COLUMN museumguy   08/02/10 05:47 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - TABLE skizzo   08/02/10 08:36 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS skizzo   08/02/10 11:54 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS Jonny Rocket   08/04/10 07:50 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS skizzo   08/04/10 10:19 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS Bullethead   08/07/10 08:33 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS rsstreet   08/05/10 08:10 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS skizzo   08/05/10 09:05 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS skizzo   08/06/10 10:41 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS skizzo   08/06/10 11:05 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS skizzo   08/07/10 08:49 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS Ken C.   08/07/10 07:44 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS *DELETED* skizzo   08/07/10 09:06 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS Rickbaro   08/08/10 12:10 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS skizzo   08/08/10 02:08 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS Jonny Rocket   08/10/10 07:36 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS Rickbaro   08/10/10 10:34 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS skizzo   08/10/10 10:45 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS skizzo   08/14/10 03:31 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS Rickbaro   08/15/10 01:13 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS skizzo   08/15/10 10:56 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - READY FOR ASSEMBLY skizzo   08/17/10 11:40 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - READY FOR ASSEMBLY Phil Thien   08/18/10 07:41 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - ASSEMBLING THE QUILL AND SPINDLE skizzo   08/19/10 12:22 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - ASSEMBLING THE TABLE RAISER skizzo   08/19/10 12:40 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - ASSEMBLING THE TABLE RAISER stav   08/19/10 08:25 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - ASSEMBLING THE TABLE RAISER Phil Thien   08/19/10 07:33 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - ASSEMBLING THE TABLE RAISER skizzo   08/19/10 09:07 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - TABLE skizzo   08/22/10 11:48 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - FINAL ASSEMBLY skizzo   08/22/10 01:17 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - FINAL ASSEMBLY oakey   08/22/10 02:50 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - FINAL ASSEMBLY skizzo   08/22/10 05:28 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - DONE skizzo   08/22/10 01:45 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - DONE Tapper   04/30/14 11:15 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - DONE Mr_Mike   08/24/10 11:41 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - DONE skizzo   05/31/11 10:44 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - DONE paulcomi   04/03/12 05:43 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - DONE angelodp   04/11/12 09:10 PM
. * Spindle cap angelodp   04/11/12 09:42 PM
. * Re: Spindle cap skizzo   04/13/12 12:10 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - DONE rjdankert   08/22/10 04:51 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - DONE Axehandle   08/22/10 05:16 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - DONE SteveL   08/22/10 05:15 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - DONE mgfranz   08/22/10 03:12 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - DONE OldArn   08/22/10 02:39 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - PAINTING skizzo   08/14/10 03:59 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - THE CHUCK skizzo   08/14/10 08:07 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - THE CHUCK Anak   08/14/10 10:28 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - THE CHUCK mgfranz   08/14/10 08:19 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS TomFromStLouis   08/10/10 09:13 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS Jonny Rocket   08/10/10 12:05 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS skizzo   08/10/10 10:30 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS 2beast   08/07/10 07:29 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - WIRE WHEELING PARTS Buckaroo   08/05/10 09:11 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - TABLE SteveL   08/02/10 10:29 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - BASE AND COLUMN MountainWood   08/02/10 09:26 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - BASE AND COLUMN skizzo   08/02/10 11:11 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - MOTOR PULLEY Jonny Rocket   07/30/10 07:48 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - QUILL AND SPINDLE AgGEM   07/29/10 08:08 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - QUILL AND SPINDLE Cannon51   07/29/10 06:10 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - QUILL AND SPINDLE skizzo   07/29/10 01:02 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - QUILL AND SPINDLE 2beast   07/29/10 06:04 AM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - DISASSEMBLING THE TABLE skizzo   07/28/10 12:57 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - DISASSEMBLING THE TABLE Phil Thien   07/28/10 07:49 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - DISASSEMBLING THE TABLE Jonny Rocket   07/28/10 12:19 PM
. * Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - ACQUISITION Jonny Rocket   07/26/10 10:46 PM

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