A little update on the drill press table status. First, a little recap of what I am working with here.
This is what it looked like shortly after I started in on it.
I had forgotten just how ugly it was.
After the initial rust removal.
Yesterday, after the first attempt.
Last night after a quick sanding and another application and a skin coat.
Just a few minutes ago.
Somebody just flat fucking abused this plate.
The Arc De Idiotte on the far side is much, much better. The side closest here is going to need at least one more coat and that big fucked up hole in the middle is going to be a challenge.
I have a couple of ideas and you are going to love one I thought of.
I am going to need something to stick in that hole to be able to pour the epoxy around, that won’t stick to it so I can get it back out.
I pondered on that for some time yesterday. The first thought I had, was something like medicine bottle that I could just break out when it was dry. Then I thought maybe a wooden dowel, with a rubber on it, covered with Vaseline.
The epoxy shouldn’t stick to the Vaseline, the rubber should just peel out and off the dowel. Should work, right?
(Cue the sick jokes here you bastards. I know they are coming and will be disappointed if I don’t see several after teeing up such a softball like that.)
None of these three items I have on hand though.
Then the thought of what it would look like plopping those three items down on the counter at the local BiMart would look like and I thought , maybe no after all.
I ain’t making two or even three stops to get that stuff either.
Then I thought maybe getting a cast iron piece of bar stock and turning it to a slight press fit, getting it in the hole good and flush, epoxying around it and then just drill it back out.
A lot of work in other words.
I’m still trying to figure out what I am going to plug that hole up with either way.
It took overnight for that epoxy to cure up enough to be able to start sanding on it so I am going to go mix up another batch and get it on there so I can semi finish this little project tomorrow.
All in all, I am going to say that this is a very viable fix for this kind of problem in case you run into something like this in the future.
If I was of a mind to, a quick coat of paint on it and you wouldn’t even know that it had been repaired when I get finished finally.