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Thread: 1948 Craftsman 103.23640 drill press restoration

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    Senior Member LarryS's Avatar
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    Motor looks nice hopefully you can get it running.

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    Senior Member rrich1's Avatar
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    Drill press is done and working! Had a few hiccups with the wiring but got them figured out. Had to reuse the old motor bearings but it spins freely and smoothly. So happy with how it turned out! Ready for another 70 years!

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    It's always a good thing to recycle, up cycle, and generally restore old tools to their former glory.
    As long as the wiring is safe & sound, I say go for it.
    You probably can't find anything built that solid these days on the market.

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    Senior Member Muddy's Avatar
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    Looks great!

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    Information about the 1948 Craftsman drill press

    I found this thread interesting because that drill press was designed by my father. He worked for Sears in 1939-1940 before he entered the Navy during WWII.

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    Clifford Welsh as a Design Engineer at Sears 1940

    This was the second job he had after graduating from college with a BSME. He did well at it, and also in the Navy where he became Chief Engineering Officer on an aircraft carrier.

    After the war, Dad went to work for another company because the Merchandise Development Department in which he had been employed at Sears had been eliminated in a wartime restructuring. He bought some of the Sears tools he had designed for his garage workshop, including that drill press, because he believed they were the best power tools available. I remember watching him use them and to my young eyes they were very impressive.

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