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…
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…
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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.
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…
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
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
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.
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.
I did aerosol painting with spray can gun (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.). That made my job so much easier.
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.
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.
Making a drill press label
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.
After all steps I could do my favorite part – assembling. Assembling was straight forward, I used elbow grease for moving parts …
Restored old drill press
Awesome, all finished and ready to show you!
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