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    present from my neighbor

    My neighbor is getting up there in age and has Parkinsons. So he gave me his Craftsman drill press that he bought new in the 50's. Here are some pictures.

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    How thoughtful of your neighbour and what a terrific machine for you :-)

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    Very thoughtful indeed. Just a little TLC and you have a great tool there John.

    DT

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    Welcome to the Family, John!

    Nice neighbor and nice score. That drill press looks like it's still got lots of holes left in it, and I'll be your neighbor will appreciate knowing it's being used and appreciated. I really like the Art Deco style of the head.

    I met an 83-year-old woodturner last fall who's got Parkinson's, and he still makes some amazing segmented turnings. He shakes quite badly, but most of the time when he's in his shop, he's steady as a rock.
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    That is a great drill press. I have one just like it that I just finished restoring. Your going to like that drill press. I sold a much newer one after using it. There was just no comparing in the two. The old King Sealy (that who really made it) was MUCH more rigid than the Delta. Drill bits just didn't walk. They drilled the hole where it hit the wood.

    I don't have a data on mine but I have reason to believe it was made post WWII, probably 1948-1949. It's gray so I find yours being gold with the brown wrinkle paint on the motor very interesting!

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    Very thoughtful of your neighbor. Sad that he has to give up some of life's activities. Enjoy using it. Where do you live?
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    Thanks guys. I will put it to good use. I started cleaning up the rusty column yesterday. I would like to do a full restoration like Jeff did, but have no time this month. I live in Southern California.
    John

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    I made some progress today on my Craftsman drill press restoration. Here are some pictures. Base and table were glass bead blasted, primed and painted. I bought a mobile base kit from Woodcraft.

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    John, you are doing a FANTASTIC job of it!

    I really puts a smile on my face to see a great old classic piece of iron restored and brought back on line like this, really it is great!

    Kudos!
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    That's gonna look great when it's done, John.

    BTW, it's about time to empty your DC chip bag.
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