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    My drill press restoration

    Now it's going to look like I am copying Stu. But I have been planing on restoring my two Craftsman Drill presses for a while now. Just so happens Stu was just a couple of weeks ahead of me.

    Craftsman model 103.2314 Based on the other machines I got I am assuming this one dates to late 40's to early 50's. It's hard to date most craftsman machines. I do know it was made by King Sealy for Sears. I found what appears to be an identical machine in the '49 catalog.



    This is what it looked liked today when I started disassembly. If you notice in the third photo this drill press had a jack shaft in it. I found it listed as an accessory in the catalog. Claims to be able to slow the spindle down to 200 RPM' or as fast as 15,000! Don't think I will test that and see if it true. I hate replacing smoked bearings.

    I started taking it apart and that was rather simple. No real surprises. And Stu, your jack on the table trick came in handy! The column was loose and started out but would only go so far and stop. The jack was the ticket.


    Here is it all in pieces. I still have more disassembly to do but this is the major pieces. I know the jack shaft bearing is worn out. Makes a horrible noise! I also found it is broken and not sure if I can repair it of not. If not, I may just swap the motor out for a 3 phase and then I could have variable speed and stil have the low speeds for the big forstner bits.


    Here we can see the original color. Guess what? It was gray!


    The head is currently in the tank being electrocuted. I put extra laundry detergent in there hoping it will loosen up all the dirt that was in there too. Thats the dirtiest machine I have ever torn down. BTW that is old rust in the tank from some previous project. I just add more water since the chemicals stay in there.

    I think that is it for the day. I woke up extremely early and now I am tired.
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
    the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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    Don't know how you could be copying ME as you at the one who does all these wonderful restorations on old arn

    Boy that is a nice looking DP, back when Sears meant good tools eh?

    Keep the pics coming, this will be fun to watch!
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    I'll be sitting back watching this one, Jeff. Looks like a fun project.
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    Cool old DP, Jeff. The powerhead almost reminds me of an classic old Mercury outboard motor.. Should really be nice when your done.

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    Work is keeping me out of the Lab, but when you self employed that is a good thing. OK, I would rather be in the shop but I need income.

    I pulled the head out of the soup and got it primed and painted. Yea, I had to go with the original color, GRAY. It matches all the other machines. Actually it's just what I had and it is close to the original color. So it's simpler than trying to choice a color.


    Dunked the base in the soup. I flipped it over to do the other half since it is a little bit bigger than the tank. I saw a bathtub on the side of the road today and I have to admit I was tempted. I was thinking what great tank it would make. But I would want to keep it out back and I think the LOML would have something to say about that, so I didn't stop.


    Jeff
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    Lookin good Jeff I think the Drill-press likes it too.
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    Now go to you room!
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    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Horton View Post


    Now go to you room!
    Ok. Still looks happy to me!

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    Jeff,

    Here's a pic when we stopped to catch some waves on the way home, still looks happy!

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    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
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    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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