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    Rockwell Drill Press Restored

    I know this isn't a homemade tool, but I enquired if it was ok to post this restoration, there were a lot of things that had to be refabricated
    How I acquired this drill press was by making a #4 morse taper spindle for this guys wood shaper, It was an even swap,
    I love old machines and most of my machinery is from the near graveyard and have been restored to beautiful exact working tools, These things were machines !!! and I love them, these are the kind of machines I started out on when I was an apprentice.

    I had to make all new handles , knobs , center idler pulley, replaced all belts, all new angular contact bearings and upper spindle bearings, it had a few minor cracks in a couple small castings that were brazed and remachined, I downloaded the original decals and badges from Vintage Machinery website and transferred them to decal paper, I could read the original badges but they were in terrible condition, I made a spindle speed chart, a lot of button head stainless screws, and whole lot of stripping and preparation, it was painted 3 coats of rust oleum hammered grey.
    I found the original owners manual from Vintage Machinery and that was a tremendous amount of help

    Below are some photos and a video of the restoration
    As always thanks for looking and happy machining


    Below - before restoration
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    Below - before restoration
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    Below - before restoration
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    Below - after restoration, a lot of TLC
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    Below - after restoration
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    Below - after restoration
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    Below - after restoration
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    Below - video link showing the drill press running
    Last edited by rossbotics; 04-30-2016 at 04:38 AM.
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    Doug thanks for saving another piece of old iron. I too, have a special affection for vintage machines.
    A friend of mine's dad has a Buffalo Forge 25 that has been laying in the weeds for 20 years, that I have been trying to get hold of. When I apprenticed at a blacksmith & welding shop back in the 60's we had one almost exactly like it. I spent countless hours working with that old machine. So I really want the one in the weeds bad.
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    Thanks rossbotics! We've added your Drill Press Restoration to our Drilling and Drill Presses category,
    as well as to your builder page: rossbotics's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:

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    I love looking at all types of tool restorations and vintage machinery so thank you for posting your drill press restoration. I like your eye for detail with the button head stainless screws. Also, one of my favorite little extra touches to finishing the look and feel to tools.

    Nice work,


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    Man.. I would be PROUD to own that machine! It looks great and runs awesome. I also use hammertone paint whenever I can.

    Keep up the good work!

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    Beautiful Doug! Thanks for sharing a great save with us! Like Paul said the attention to detail really makes it stand proud! ~PJ

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