How to Restore a Drill-Press Stand (Aka RIP'ing Its Rust)




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I would say that this Drill-Press Stand looks horrible, But Drill-Press Stands might have feelings, So I'm not going to say that.

I might as well also get an award for that-- The last thing you need to make a Drill-Press Stand cry, The salt in the tears would make it rust even more!

I recently found a Drill-Press Stand on one of my Grandpa's tool storage shelves. He told me that he probably hasn't used it for around 20 years. I could definitely tell by the rust...

Even if my Grandpa wanted to use it, He would be able to use it because it hadn't been oiled in a very long time. He asked me if I needed it for a project, And guess what was my reply?

"OF COURSE I 100% TOTALLY NEED IT! I've been needing a Drill-Press for such a long time, Now I don't have to make one!"

So here I am, RIP'ing it's rust ;)

You might want to stick along until the end. You never know where you'll find a Drill-Press, Whether if it's from your Grandpa, eBay, Craigslist, Or out there, On the curb, Waiting just for you :)

My goal was to make it clean and useable, Not perfect. That would be a waste of time and materials, Since this is a tool and it will do its best to dirty up itself...

Step 1: What You'll Need:

Hardware & Materials:

Rubber Feet

Chemicals & Adhesives:

WD-40 (Oil Spray)

CG-90 (Grease Spray)

Alcohol Pad

Tools (+Attachments):

Allen Key/Wrench Set (If needed)

Several Dry Paper Towel Squares

A Damp Paper Towel Square

Wire Brush

A Rusty Ol' Drill-Press Stand

Electric/Power Tools:

Drill or a Rotary Tool


Why: I finally have a Drill-Press, Let's restore it!

Safety Gear Needed: Ventilated Environment

Cost (for me): FREE!

Needed Skills: Basic

Approximate Time: 1-2 Hours

Step 2: Taking Pictures (Yes, It's Important...)

Take pictures, Not so you can remember how dirty it was, But so you can remember how to put it back together.

It's better to take a picture and not need it, Than to not, And get stuck assembling it back together...

It's pretty easy to adapt Murphy's law onto this...

Step 3: Taking the Drill-Press Stand Apart

It's way easier to clean and restore tools once you've taken them apart.

After making sure that I took pictures in every place that I might need, I started taking it apart. There is no need to take apart all of the small screws

Step 4: Wiping Everything W/ a Damp Paper Towel

Before applying all of the chemicals, I wanted to remove all of the dust. To do this, I wiped all of the parts of the Drill-Press Stand with a damp paper towel, And then let it dry off for a couple of minutes.

I recommend replacing the paper towel once it gets pretty dirty, To stop it from smearing dust on the whole stand

Step 5: Restoring the Base (Table)

The base was in a pretty bad condition, So after wiping it with a damp paper towel and letting it dry, I sprayed some WD-40.

I then wiped off the WD-40, And started rubbing it with a wire brush. Another alternative is to use Silicon-Carbide Sandpaper, But I didn't have any.

I repeated this process almost 10 times, Until the point where I thought that it looked good enough

Step 6: Restoring the Spindle (Pole)

It is very important that the Spindle is smooth and free of rust, So the Drill will be able to move easily up and down while drilling.

I sprayed WD-40 onto the Spindle and wiped if off several times with a paper towel.

Step 7: Restoring the Bolts & and Parts That Have Friction

I sprayed CG-90 onto all of the bolts and parts that have friction. Basically, All of the parts that are supposed to move.

The CG-90 removes the rust and squeaks, So it makes everything able to move way easier

Step 8: Putting the Drill-Press Stand Back Together

Assembling the Drill-Press Stand back together was easier than I thought, But I could have always referred back to the pictures if I needed to.

I put everything together, And tightened all of the Bolts. Everything should move like normal without squeaking, At all!

Step 9: Wiping Everything Off

There were still some parts that were a bit oily, So I took the opportunity and wiped everything off with a dry paper towel.


Step 10: Adding Rubber Feet

I thought that a nice little upgrade could be to add some rubber feet to stop the stand from moving on my table. An alternative for rubber feet could be a couple drops of Hot-Glue

I first wiped the bottom of the base off with an Alcohol Pad, And then 4 rubber feet onto the base. Super simple!

Step 11: Installing the Drill, & Using It!

What's the point of having a Drill-Press without a Drill?

While I was restoring the stand I was really hoping that it would be able to hold my drill. Ironically, My drill had a part that was used to get gripped by a Drill-Press Stand, But my Dremel was too wide to even fit!

Whew... (***Breathes out***)

I put a Drill-Bit in my chuck and started drilling! 100% Perpendicular and straight holes!


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    21 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Diet Mountain Dew and an overnight soak would have removed most of the rust. I have used in on 40 years old rust collection and it works great with little elbow grease. Just saying I'm lazy.

    Thanks for the information and appreciate the "free" price. I'd spend a day on getting something I got for free to serviceability again...hard headed too.

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    Reply 2 years ago

    I don't think they even have that where I live... Also, If I would use it to remove the rust, I'd have to wash it off because it would be all sticky from the sugar. Then I would spray it again with WD-40.

    What do you men by "free price"?

    It was definitely worth every minute!


    2 years ago

    You used the section of your drill where the accessory handle was to be mounted in order to attach it to your drill stand.

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    3 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    Oh... Now I remember...

    I've seen that part in the Drill's box. Isn't that used for drilling in concrete?


    Reply 2 years ago

    It is used to stabilize the drill in heavy use situations. The DeWalt drill in the picture will warp your wrist in some situations even if you have a firm one hand grip. Nice instructible by the way!


    2 years ago

    Wow. If he thinks that stand looks awful, my drill press would make the poor guy faint.

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    2 years ago

    Is there something I am missing here? It does not follow logically (see quote below). Can you expand on this?

    Great Instructable!


    But my Dremel was too wide to even fit!

    Whew... (***Breathes out***)

    I put a Drill-Bit in my chuck and started drilling! 100% Perpendicular and straight holes!

    2 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    Sorry for the late reply, But could you have missed the "My drill had a part that was used to get gripped by a Drill-Press Stand" part?

    I didn't have a really good way of explaining it, But my big Drill did fit, But my Dremel was too wide. Please let me know if you have a better way of explaing it :)


    Reply 2 years ago

    Not exactly sure, just kinda figured youd be more likely to read it if it was in your most recent instructable!


    Reply 2 years ago


    I read all of the comments that get posted on my Instructables, So you don't have to that :)

    This might work for other people, Because some of them choose to not get notified when they get a new comment, And only check out the comments on their newest Instructables... :)


    Reply 2 years ago

    well good to know there is creators who take the time to read each and every comment and actualy respond instead of putting it aside, this puts you at a much higher value to instructables in opinion!


    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank You, It really does annoy me when I ask people questions, And they never reply...

    mdu plessis

    2 years ago

    I have a very rusty drill stand in the garage, turns out the leaking roof only really leaked on it, I'll try remember to post pics here with before and after shots.