I did a similar search as you did found a site that matched the serial number to the year. My dad had told me that Grand Dad bought the press just before the war, so my guess is that the purchase was made before 12/7/41. I really had to work to restore this drill press. It took weeks of brushing and sanding. Thank God this is old cast iron and can take that kind of abuse. As you can probably see, the motor is not original, nor is the switch, both added be Grand Dad at some point. I spent the time on it not because its worth any amount of money, but just to honor my Grandad and my Father for passing it to me.