Drill Press Cabinet #5: Completion: Cleaned Up and Mounted

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Blog entry by hjt posted 06-22-2018 12:37 PM 1919 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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And the final installment of this Blog. While my intent was not to restore it to it’s original state, I think you will agree this old Drill Press looks pretty good, and probably not far off from what it looked like when first purchased so many years ago.

All cleaned up! Rust and old paint spatter removed, and freshly repainted. I did not however repaint the drill head as there were way too may pieces I would have needed to tape off. Besides, I felt it was in rather good shape, PLUS the paint I used to cover the other parts was so close to a match.. no one would notice.

I replaced the wiring and switch my dad had rigged up (see the previous posting) and located the switch under the table top.

And know it’s mounted and ready for use!! All in all, this project took me about 2.5 months. Amazing how work and life demands get in the way of fun!

I really like the way it turned out, especially for being my first cabinet. I believe the little (gully, gutter, pocket) at the front of the table will be a great addition to this project. It will allow me quick access to the chuck key and various bits being used at the time; all with out the concerns of those items rolling off the table.

-- Harold

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View Dwain's profile


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#1 posted 06-22-2018 02:28 PM

Hey, way to finish strong! The DP looks great! Thanks for sharing.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#2 posted 06-22-2018 05:21 PM

Nice drill press, and good paint job! I also have a 1944 Delta 14” drill press that I’m restoring, hopefully it’ll look as good as yours when I’m done. :)


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#3 posted 06-22-2018 07:08 PM

Thanks Dwain.

I look forward to see the project, Alex, when you post.

-- Harold

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#4 posted 06-23-2018 01:24 AM

That turned out awesome!! I love the shelf in the front of the cabinet to hold cutters and keys

I just picked up a Wilton bullet vise if your looking for another restoration! haha

-- I could quit if I wanted

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#5 posted 06-23-2018 02:32 AM

Hey wrench head – good to hear from you. Are you still on the pipe smoking forums too? Just picked up some nice old pipes the other day.

-- Harold

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#6 posted 06-23-2018 10:13 AM

Phewie its static mounted !! good work Harold.
Equally good work on the cabinet.
I think your Dad would be very proud of your cabineting making skills and restoration work.
Now quick get the pyrex jug cleaned up and back before its noticed missing or you may not get to test out the drill.
BTW Is there a cover missing from the rear top?

Overall excellent work on both projects!

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 06-23-2018 11:32 AM

Funny, Rob. No, the top has no rear cover.

-- Harold

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#8 posted 07-01-2018 10:25 AM

perfect clean up restoration of the drill press… very well done buddy as good as new !!!!
also love the cabinet looks very functional… kudos !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#9 posted 07-03-2018 03:18 AM

Thanks Stelios. Now I need to start using it!!

-- Harold

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