Any of you more seasoned build-o-philes have tips, mods, or tricks for an 8"(or any size) drill press?
I was recently given a very well taken care of 8" Craftsman 1/3hp 5 speed drill press. It works fine, but it's a little grimy. So I'm currently cleaning it. Actually I wanted to ask someone if it's okay to clean that gunky layer of grease off of it because the grime has mixed in and it's essentially "sanding" the post. If it IS okay to clean off, do I replace it with different or newer grease once it's been cleaned? Also, ever since I was a kid, I was captivated by the swirling grinder or polisher pattern on the drill press table. Mine has a thin layer of rust on the table. Is there any way to remove the rust without ruining my beloved swirly pattern? So to wrap up here is the list of questions...
1. What are some modifications, tips, tricks, jigs, etc. for an 8" Benchtop Drill Press?
2. Is it okay to clean the grease off of the entire machine? If so, do I regrease it afterwards? What's the best product to use?
3. Is there a way to remove small layer of rust off the table without compromising the original swirl pattern?
ANY and ALL help or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you Instructables community!!(That made me think of a town whose entire population was comprised of Instructables members. Ha! Got a question about robots? Go to Ted's three doors down. Building a welder from car batteries? Oh Tom two streets over would be more than happy to help! I know...ridiculous.)