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Blog series by hjt updated 06-22-2018 12:37 PM 5 parts 9529 reads 27 comments total

Part 1: Getting Started - Building the Carcass

06-18-2018 02:27 AM by hjt | 3 comments »

A while back, I built a flip table with the idea of mounting my drill press on one side. But with the table was not as sturdy as I had hoped, and this 1950’s drill press weighs in at 97 pounds. I saw a pending disaster, so I thought it was not a good idea. Having never built a cabinet before, and my limited carpentry skills, I began a search hear on LJ as to how to best build a cabinet and came across Brad Rodriguez from Fix This Build That. Here he showed a great cabinet and a li...

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Part 2: Building Drawers

06-19-2018 02:53 AM by hjt | 5 comments »

Drawers! This is another first, and watching the video from Fix This Build That, gave me at least some confidence that even I “might” be able to actually make them without too many mistakes. More pocket holes. Getting to like this tool. I remember Brad (from Fix This Build That) stating that you need to make sure your pieces are camped well before inserting the pocket screws. On top of the box is a “90 degree clamp.” This really helped me to achieve a ...

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Part 3: The Table Top and Drawer Faces

06-21-2018 02:27 AM by hjt | 4 comments »

One evening, while out enjoying a cool evening ride on my Harley, I had an idea that I could incorporate into the top of the table. I envisioned drill bits rolling off the table to the floor. I thought a simple piece of molding would help, but then with the wind in my face and the sounds of the V-Twins roaring… I thought of something else! This the floor of my “gully” – my “pocket.” Not sure what to call it. The 3/4 piece will rest above the top ...

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Part 4: Restoring my 1950's Rockwell Drill Press

06-22-2018 12:48 AM by hjt | 6 comments »

This is one of the many tools I have in my modest little shop that came from my dad’s work shop. Apparently, my dad was not too particular about this piece as there is paint splatter all over it. And the rust is rather heavy in spots from now being in Florida. My focus here is to disassemble and clean up the rust, repaint, and put a better switch in place. Here are some before photos. As you can see – lots of rust and paint splattering At some time the c...

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Part 5: Completion: Cleaned Up and Mounted

06-22-2018 12:37 PM by hjt | 9 comments »

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, PLU...

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