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Project by georgieporgie posted 07-06-2017 03:19 PM 1644 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently restored a 1940s Atlas drill press. The spindle cap was missing and the table had the “arc of shame” so I took some oak scraps and made upgrades. I turned the spindle cap on the lathe and had some leftovers with the blank so I made a cap for the column. The table is a glue-up of walnut and oak that came out almost too pretty to do any work on (I will get over that). I really enjoyed the restoration, and it is something I will do again when something cool turns up on craigslist. Thanks for taking a look, George

-- - George: Richland, Washington





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ZAGREB

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#1 posted 07-06-2017 03:28 PM

great job,looks like new
and my wife said oldie is the best…

-- bambi

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#2 posted 07-06-2017 03:54 PM

GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 07-06-2017 04:07 PM

You did a great job George!
I like the cat repellent hanging on the wall too! :)

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

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#4 posted 07-06-2017 04:15 PM

Love Atlas and you did an awesome job on that DP! But I really need to know… What the heck is holding that gun on the wall?!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 07-06-2017 04:19 PM

Awesome restoration! That thing is beautiful.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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georgieporgie

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#6 posted 07-06-2017 04:34 PM



Love Atlas and you did an awesome job on that DP! But I really need to know… What the heck is holding that gun on the wall?!

- HokieKen

Thanks for the compliment! It’s just a crappy old air rifle. I drilled a hole in the plastic stock and it hangs by a nail.

-- - George: Richland, Washington

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#7 posted 07-06-2017 04:35 PM

Ah, now I see it. Mystery solved, thanks!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Mainiac Matt

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#8 posted 07-06-2017 08:28 PM

tell us about your variable speed set up…

Is that a tread mill motor with a VS DC control box?

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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georgieporgie

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#9 posted 07-06-2017 09:57 PM



tell us about your variable speed set up…

Is that a tread mill motor with a VS DC control box?

- Mainiac Matt

It is a 3/4 hp 3 phase motor driven by a VFD made by KB electronics. I have not set up a VFD before, but that thing is awesome. On my old drill press I used to hate changing belt configurations, so I always just left it at the same speed. I have a feeling I will be much more likely to use appropriate bit speeds now. Have you used the DC motor and rheostat setup before? I am curious about the pros/cons of the different kinds of speed control.

-- - George: Richland, Washington

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#10 posted 07-07-2017 01:55 PM

This is a very nice drill press restoration.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#11 posted 07-07-2017 03:20 PM

Way to bring the old back to new!!

-- Bruce - Indiana - Sawdust is just, MAN GLITTER!

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