Start of my Restoration

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Project by pickhead84 posted 1515 days ago 1531 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I purchased this bench top drill press from a gentlemen on Craigslist. This is my first attempt at any type of restoration project. I am happy with how it is turning out but isnt finished yet. I only have a few more pieces to paint, replace the power cord, and make some sort of drill press table for it. The original has been abused as you can see in the pictures. The paint is flat black with cherry red. Any advice or feedback is appreciated.

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#1 posted 1515 days ago

Nice restoration. I know you will get alot of good use from it for a long time.

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#2 posted 1515 days ago

That’s a great old drill press good luck on your restoration

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 1515 days ago

Holy hole making Batman… that’s the exact same drill press I have. It was my dad’s, I remember it in his workshop when I was growing up. He died almost 2 years ago at 87 years old. I now have most of his tools – this drill included. It is not currently set up; that’s part of the “phase 2” I speak of in my blog and in the workshop section of the site.

You did a great job of painting. Should the rust come back, it be cleaned up with a product called Evopo Rust. Dad’s tools had lots of rust and it cleaned up real well. I have photos and a review. It did a great job. AND four months later… still no rust!!!

BTW – what kind of bike is in the photo? It looks similar to my 1980 Yamaha Maxim

-- Harold

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#4 posted 1515 days ago

I would very seriously consider replacing the motor and spindle bearings. The lifespan for a sealed bearing is about 20 years and your press has a few birthdays past the 20 mark. Speaking of birthdays if you want to find the born on date for the Homie a good reference can be found here. There is also a lot of info available at and .org. If you are interested a manual can also be found there. Nice little press and have fun completing the restoration.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#5 posted 1515 days ago

That is a good old drill press and a nice looking restoration job. I have a floor model that is almost just like it and it has an Atlas name on it. I have been using mine for 40 years and it was 40 years old when I got it. I added a depth stop on mine using a ring around the quill with a threaded rod sticking up out of it and another bracket on top with a stop nut on top. I also added a foot switch which makes any drill press safer. You can stop it right away even with both hands occupied. I love it and would not trade it for a new fancier one.
That one could be a floor model with a longer post installed in it. The top and bottom just clamp to it

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 1515 days ago

I’m totally jealous….......looks like a fun project and well worth the time to restore…....

-- Let's see......what can I use this for?

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#7 posted 1515 days ago

I have that same drill press! It was my Grandfather’s, then my Dad’s. Dad restored it, well at least painted it when he had it. I added a link belt and it gets used almost every time I am in the shop!

Have Fun!

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#8 posted 1514 days ago

Looks great !!!

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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#9 posted 1510 days ago

i love all the holes in the metal table. Hope it runs for many more years!

-- if you can't light a $100 bill on fire and watch it burn, you're in the wrong hobby.

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