Loc: So Cal, USA
Re: Restoring an Old Drill Press - BASE AND COLUMN
08/01/10 11:36 PM
Bill, add me too the list of lurkers very interested in this thread.
I've only done a modestly old Sunhill 8" Jointer and 20" planer. Both about as rusty as what you are doing now. Some parts a bit worse. Tables about like yours. They were outdoors on a loading dock for a year in Simi Valley under plastic sheeting.
Pretty much the same techniques, but a bit different too.
I used a spooge tank way more than you do. Especially useful for rusty bolts and the like too. I think that a reloader's vibratory polisher would be the bee's knees though for hardware.
For paint, I tend to go down to the local auto paint store and pick up a quart of whatever I want. They can also color match. I prefer a real spray rig to rattle can, but I've done a lot of rattle can too.
One a side note, I think i have that same Makita drill. I married into it, so I have no idea how old it is. Works very well.
And, those sawhorses are just wonderful. I have two and use them for everything. Occasionally for sawing. I had a repair guy in doing a warrantee repair on the wall oven and he was scratching his head on how to work on the oven effectivily. I pull one of those out and he was impressed. We he came back to install the ordered parts, he had his own with him.
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