Tool Gloat - Refurbished Drill Press

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Project by KnotCurser posted 02-18-2011 03:39 AM 3997 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Late last week a co-worker of mine stopped by my desk and totally out of the blue asked if I would like a drill press.

“Huh? What?”

“Yeah, I have this old drill press sitting in my garage for the longest time and rather than throwing it away I thought you would like it. Well?”

“Uh, SURE!”

He even delivered it to work so I just had to move it from his trunk to my truck!

Turns out it was a VERY nice Delta DP220 – even has two alternate spindles – one for the “flat ended” drill bits (full set included) that just push in and another for attachments. Also came with a mortiser, although I doubt I will use it since I have a dedicated machine already.

So, this week I spent four wonderful hours rehabbing this beast – degreased & cleaned all the parts, lubed all moving parts, re-surfaced the table and the base and even polished the top cover just for GP! :-)

I even learned how to resurface a jacobs chuck, which I didn’t even know could be done until a couple of days ago! If one looks closely there is a number 60 drill bit in the jaws of that chuck and it will grip even smaller ones – no wobble at all!

I still need to install a newer cord and add a switch to it, but other than that it’s ready to go!

I love this thing!

Now I have to think about what to make Dave as a “Thank You” Gift! :-)



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 02-18-2011 03:47 AM

Nice score. The lines on the old machines are so much better than the plastic found on new machines.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#2 posted 02-18-2011 05:04 AM

Man, how sweet is that!
Good for you

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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Ted Pagels

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#3 posted 02-18-2011 05:37 AM

You can send me the mortiser and I’ll pay postage…...

-- Ted Pagels, Green Bay, WI

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Glen Peterson

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#4 posted 02-18-2011 05:49 AM

Nice work Bob,
There’s nothing like great old tools. I bought a 1940 Delta DP last year that looks very similar to yours. It runs but I need to give it the same treatment you did. Thanks for posting.

-- Glen

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#5 posted 02-18-2011 06:37 AM

Hey Bob,
Lots of good hours left in that cool unit…nice job.

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#6 posted 02-18-2011 02:49 PM

Hey Bob, nice refub job!!!

I got one from my father in law thats about 50 years old, solid cast iron. I did do some rehab to it and got pretty clean and operable. Could use a little more though. What types of techniques and products did you use to get it look that new?

-- Mike, Florida,

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#7 posted 02-18-2011 04:06 PM

Good things tend to happen to the nicest people. Congratulations on the new addition to your shop, you
just can not beat that old solid iron.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 02-18-2011 04:10 PM

I dig old toolage. Keep a few oldie but goodies working in my shop too. 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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#9 posted 02-18-2011 05:16 PM

Nice refurb, Bob. How about a blog on how to resurface a jacobs chuck.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#10 posted 02-19-2011 12:01 AM

These are beauties. A friend gave me his a few years ago, complete with mortise attachment. (Turned out he knew he was dying of cancer). He kept it in great shape and all I had to do was add a new cord, switch and belt. I am honored to have recieved it and use it often.

-- Quality: There is hardly anything in the world that some men cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price are this man’s lawful prey.

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#11 posted 02-19-2011 07:24 PM

Nice score.

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#12 posted 02-23-2011 06:50 AM

Watch out for those belts they like to eat fingers. But a very nice pick up. Freebies and the besties.

Be well, stay safe

-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour

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