Post Drill – Quill Assembly

First I lay out the parts, hoping I remember how they go!!


Grease then insert the threaded shaft into the flanged nut.


Grease the bearings and race plate, slide them on.


Grease the quill, insert it.  Place the key in the shaft drive gear, slide the quill thru the gear engaging the key properly.  Slide the quill thru the second opening.  Push the brass retainer onto the shaft (this required very delicate tapping with a mallet and small screwdriver) past the two pin holes.

Tap the two pins into the two holes that fasten the end of the screw into the end of the quill.  If these move easily you may need to rotate the quill to hold them horizontal.

Carefully tap the brass sleeve in place to hold the two pins so that they don’t fall out.





Post Drill – Reassembly

The paint probably hasn’t cured enough for heavy use yet, but it’s a couple days dry so I have begun reassembly.

Have some grease handy!


Start with this Gear/Shaft, Grease it and insert.


Insert it…


On the other side goes the Fly Wheel.


And fix it with the square head set screw.


Next goes the gear with the eccentric lobe that drives the drill advance.  It’s attached with the large threaded shaft.


Grease it and together it goes.


Next we attach the ratcheting arm.  It rests against the knurled adjustment screw in operation.


Grease the shaft on the screw and attach it.  Lettering facing out.  Insert the adjustment screw.


Next up — the drill quill.


Post Drill – Lettering

I couldn’t help myself.  The lettering on the drill press is just cool.  It deserved to be highlighted.  A little bit of metallic gold paint and it really pops!


I expect to do a bit of touchup once this dries.  A little bit of the black on a q-tip to clean up an misplaced gold.

I picked up the paint and a little foam flat tip brush to apply it with.  Bought at Michaels.


Stanley 46 – Cutters

An problem with antique/vintage planes is finding all the bits that are usually lost.  Sometimes you find a plane with one rusty cutter installed, sometimes with none.

Fortunately there is a guy making reproduction parts for Stanley planes, and he has available a full set of cutters in the sizes original to the plane.  Since Stanley never made a 3/4″ cutter for the #46, but woodworkers today often use that size lumber, he also makes one of those!

You can find them here:  St James Bay Tool Company

I called, spoke with the proprietor and maker.  Super nice guy!  Highly recommended.


Stanley #46 Plane

Billed as an Adjustable Dado and Plow Plane, this plane is “fabulous worker, much better than the #45” (The Superior Works).  I am drawn to the interesting design, very similar to the other overly complex combination planes Stanley made.  This one is different, and better, because it has a skewed iron.  It can do dadoes and cross grain rabbits.

I picked this up on eBay cheaply.  It looks a bit corroded in the pictures, but I am pretty sure it will clean up beautifully.


Post Drill – Painting

It would be nice to say that I agonized over the paint color, consulted historical sources, and choose the perfect color to stay true to the original.

But, instead I found two cans of Rustoleum Hammered Black rattle cans at the back of my supply cabinet.  Seems fine to be black!  Given the rough casting of the original parts and rust pitting the hammered effect might be a good fit.

Here is the first coat on the first side of those parts that are getting paint:


Post Drill – Cleaning

The drill turns out to be in pretty good shape.  It was well oiled and greased.  Of course that old grease and dirt has hardened.  And the bits not covered with gummy grease is rusty.

Lots of WD-40 to penetrate the seized screws, bolts and nuts.  A couple of hours of disassembly.  I will be making new wooden handles on my lathe, which is good because the two of these were pinned and peened in place.  No choice but to cut them off with a hacksaw.

Disassembled I spent 4 hours with a brash brush.  Used an 8″ on my grinder where I could (variable speed turned down low), and a hand brush where I had to.  WHEW!  But here she is ready for paint: