Drill Press Restoration

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Project by CastleOfCheese posted 10-30-2015 04:51 PM 3763 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up an old Delta Rockwell DP-225 on craigslist not long ago. She needed a lot of love, but it was a really fun project to work on. Growing up, my dad always had a 1940s Delta Homecraft drill press that I loved. There’s just something satisfying about making an old machine new again. Currently, I’m finishing up a new table for it. I’ll post an updated picture when it’s all finished.

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#1 posted 10-30-2015 05:48 PM

Beautiful job!

How far do you take it? That is, do you just do a cosmetic cleanup (paint/rust removal) or did you get inside and replace bearings, etc.?

I hope the PBR wasn’t just for grease removal 8^)

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#2 posted 10-30-2015 05:58 PM

Nice job!
I really like it when an old tool is cleaned up, painted and put back into service.

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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#3 posted 10-30-2015 06:32 PM

Thanks, guys! I was fortunate that, despite it’s rough appearance, it ran like a dream when I got it, so the bulk of the work was cosmetic. It did have a broken return spring, but luckily it was only the last 1/4 or so that sets into a slit in the spring housing. The un-tensioned spring had enough slack for me to just make a new bend in it to fit the slit.

It still bothers me that the switch isn’t original, but I don’t think my wife will approve the price to purchase the original haha.

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#4 posted 10-30-2015 09:31 PM

Nice job!

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#5 posted 10-30-2015 10:01 PM

You did a really nice job restoring it. I like it because of the single lever handle. Mine has a three spoke handle and is sometimes a pain to bring the bit to the material.

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#6 posted 10-31-2015 12:21 AM

I like the old patina look myself, but you’re work brought this old work horse back to its former glory. Enjoy using and stay safe…BC

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#7 posted 10-31-2015 12:32 AM

I have the same drill press. Mine is a 1955 vintage. Your restoration makes her a real beauty. I believe the belt guard was a deluxe feature add on at the time. Thanks for sharing.


-- I keep cutting and it is still too short.

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#8 posted 10-31-2015 02:18 AM

She’s a beauty. I’m a sucker for older equipment like this, the classic styling and all metal components look so cool, especially when compared to today’s plastic stuff. Great job on bringing this one back to life.

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#9 posted 10-31-2015 04:01 AM

Hard to believe it’s the same machine.
Nice job !

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#10 posted 10-31-2015 07:34 AM

Realy amaizing tranformation and makeover. I like the idea of tool restauration.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 10-31-2015 10:49 AM

Really nice job.I love before and after pics are restoration projects.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#12 posted 10-31-2015 11:49 AM

You did a great job and have a wonderful machine. I really like the older drill presses and have enjoyed restoring a few.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#13 posted 10-31-2015 02:17 PM

like Terminator…. ”old, but not obsolete” !

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#14 posted 10-31-2015 04:09 PM

What a great restoration! There is something that is just so cool about bringing old tools back to life. Well done!

-- Jake

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#15 posted 10-31-2015 09:45 PM

Nice job! I love those older machines; they’ll last forever.

-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ

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