Today I am restoring something more complex – old drill press restoration. This bench drill press is hand cranked and it was really hard to get hands on it. I am so excited to show you each step of this amazing restoration and of course to use it in future videos…

Old drill press before restoration.
Old drill press before restoration.

Marking on the label: KEEN M. C. GOODING & CO. CROYDON, manufactured in England

Good thing is that this old drill press is complete and in decent condition. Perfect for restoration without power tools. Funny thing is that I could buy more than one modern electrical bench drill press instead this one. But I thing definitely worth it since it is a piece of history and survived so long without any damage. That is a quality fabrication…

Check out this old drill press restoration video below!

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Disassembling

Disassembling the drill press.
Disassembling the drill press.

I started strong, disassembling went great until I had to remove a broken bolt from a drill base. I drilled a 3 mm hole and used screw extractor to remove the bolt.

Heating the broken bolt.
Heating the broken bolt.

The bolt was really stuck and I had to use heat to help extracting it. That helped a lot and I managed to take it out. So I could finish disassembling and check out more closely each part…

All parts after disassembling.
All parts after disassembling.

Now I basically washed parts in water and soap and dry them nicely. Then I put painted parts in plastic container and rubber paint remover. I left it to stay overnight.

Restoration can begin

After washing with soap and water.
After washing with soap and water.
Applied a paint remover gel.
Applied a paint remover gel.

While I was waiting paint remover to work I focused on cleaning and other parts with steel brush and steel brush wheel. I attached regular steel brush wheel from angle grinder to my hand cranked grinder. This was very effective method for restoring that shiny surface

I was using hand cranked grinder with attached steel brush wheel to clean all non painted parts.
I was using hand cranked grinder with attached steel brush wheel to clean all non painted parts.

Finally I could remove paint. Hmm, that didn’t worked out as I thought. Red paint was easy to remove but black seems to be chemical and scratch resistant. So I end up scraping the black paint and using heat to remove all paint.

Burning the paint to remove it easier, since the paint remover didn't do much.
Burning the paint to remove it easier, since the paint remover didn’t do much.
Most of the paint is removed.
Most of the paint is removed.

Masking and painting

So far so good. Now I masked before hand cleaned parts with acetone and tie them with steel wire. In that way I can paint them freerly.

Prepared for painting, masked and wired...
Prepared for painting, masked and wired…

I did aerosol painting with spray can gun (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.). That made my job so much easier.

Painting with aerosol and using handy can spray gun.
Painting with aerosol and using handy can spray gun.
After painting, it came out great. Primer and two coats of paint.
After painting, it came out great. Primer and two coats of paint.

Making a wooden handle

Since I broke the old one I had to make a new one. I chose walnut wood. Cutted in desired size and shaped with file and sandpaper. After getting the shape similar to the original one I applied a linseed oil.

Shaping the handle for drill press.
Shaping the handle for drill press.
Comparing the old handle vs. new one. New one is made out of walnut wood.
Comparing the old handle vs. new one. New one is made out of walnut wood.

Making a new bolt

You remember a extracted bolt? Yes, now I am gonna make a new one. I used a new bolt, drilled it, did treads and attached another longer bolt for easier release. I sanded to be smooth and bend the handle to have enough clearance.

Made a new bolt for pillar for drill press.
Made a new bolt for pillar for drill press. Hre is not bended yet.

Making a drill press label

Keen logo

Since I could’t find label online I decided to make one. With a picture what I had and Photoshop I made a new one. It is close to original one.

Finally assembling

After all steps I could do my favorite part – assembling. Assembling was straight forward, I used elbow grease for moving parts …

Almost finished with assembling.
Almost finished with assembling.
Made a new label for this old drill press.
Made a new label for this old drill press.

Restored old drill press

Awesome, all finished and ready to show you!

Fully restored by hand - old drill press like new one!
Fully restored by hand – old drill press like new one!

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28 Comments

  1. This was fascinating to watch. You have way more patience than I do! Very well done!

  2. You don’t have to apologise for the length of the video, that was the quickest 36 minutes of my life. Amazing work mate. I’d watch that a dozen times.👍🇦🇺

  3. Тиски под станок теперь надо искать🤔

  4. I love when I see a video like this, it’s like watching a movie. Awesome restoration!

  5. Nice job! I have a couple of larger versions of that in my shop. In well used condition. I might restore them, some day.

  6. Great job man I really like the part where you 3D printed a sticker that looks just like the original and he can’t even tell the difference great job man you turned it old rusted piece of junk that somebody would just leave at a flea market and brought it back to life

  7. Impressive work, I have enjoyed every second of every minute and I found it incredibly personal that all that work could be condensed in just 29 minutes.
    It seems to me that it is the largest tool that you have seen restore. I am left out of the box. Nothing else the label is all a job in itself.
    Could you tell me what year the drill is, and I can’t wait to see what you can do with this new gem in the workshop.
    Thank you very much.

  8. Hi my friend Boris 👋👋👋 good to see you 🤝🤝🤝 content bomb 💣, restoration bomb 💣, video bomb 💣 👍👍👍✌🏻🇷🇺

  9. Man when you use new things on your channel you dive in full speed lol I LOVE it. 3/4 new tools, longer video, an interesting new tool restored we can see in action, and great work!! Loved the handle too!! Great job.

  10. This tool is really going make drilling so much easier for you. Awesome job restoring it 👍

  11. Job well done, right down to the manufacturers labeling! I have to admit I do not have the patients you do.

  12. No need to apologise for a long video as it was very interesting. That’s a tough job to do by hand and I admire your work. Hopefully drilling holes will be easier and more accurate now. It’s a shame the original handle couldn’t be repaired and patched. Great work, cheers Stuart 🇦🇺

  13. A beautiful end product, but part of any restoration should be knowing where to leave hands off. The wooden crank handle looked fine as it was and should have been left alone. The black parts of this drill appear to be japanned, rather than painted, and were therefore resistant to paint remover. I believe if this had been my tool, I would have just disassembled, cleaned and lubricated, keeping the original paint as it was which looked quite nice to begin with.

  14. Look at that! 🙂 Another tool for the shop. This opens doors to new restorations!
    I love it. I cant wait to see it being used.
    Nice restoration. 👌

  15. Hi,
    I really love what you’re doing, great jobs and very nice videos. Please take care of your hands and be careful with those vicious screwdrivers when using them as levers.
    And you can use little brushes to apply grease, works very well! Greetings from France, cheers!

  16. Having a drill press will unlock so many more restorations you can do and help you make better quality things

  17. I guess there’ll be no more 7mm hole from 6mm bit in next videos since you have this drill press now 😂 Great video as always. Stay safe! 😄

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