That pretty well settles that. I think I'll just leave it in and work with the column and base as an assembly. I still have missing chips in my garage floor from a prior failed attempt to remove the column from a base on a WT DP. Luckily, my wife has never noticed, and I'm already prepared... "Huh? I dunno. Those have been there for years."
I appreciate the link, and remembered reading that thread when it was first posted. Joe's other thread about using a forklift and H-frame press came to mind last night while I was working on it. Charlie's a friend of mine, somewhat local, and I could take it up to his place to use his nice setup. But even if I do get it pressed out, I'd still have to get it back in eventually. Since I'm not planning to chuck up the column in a lathe for clean-up and polishing, it's just as easy to clean them as a unit, then paint, polish, whatever by taping off sections as needed. Far simpler than working hard to get them apart, then back together. Sensibility and practicality carries the day.
As to the small section that is sticking out the bottom, five minutes with an angle grinder and it'll be gone... or at least reduced to where it's below the profile of the base.
Buckaroo said: You going to go through the quills and the motors?
Yep, definitely. I'm hoping tonight to get all four spindle bearings out for inspection... the two in the pulley and the two in the quill. That's always an adventure, as is the related part of removing the chuck... even though you don't have to do that to get the spindle out and the quill apart.
I think I'll spin off the motor work to a separate thread, though, because it could go a number of directions unrelated to a drill press specifically.
Thanks for the thoughts.
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