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Blog entry by DouginVa posted 450 days ago 2599 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So for the past 20 or so years I’ve had the below Rockwell 4” jointer. I bought it for $50 off the carpenter that added the second floor to my home. It needed a little work, but for the most part it served me well over the years.

The downside, obviously, was the short bed and only a 4” width. So I’ve been searching for a long time for a Craigslist special. Then I saw a post for a 6” Delta jointer for only $100. I then noticed the author’s comment that the motor wasn’t running at full speed….for what ever reason. So I thought I’d give it a look and barter with him, and if the motor was truly shot, hey, I would have only invested a small amount and my savings could be spent on a new motor. Here is what I found when I got to the guys house.

A rusty mess. I couldn’t even tell if the rust was so deep that it pitted the cast iron taable surfaces or not. And the motor was doing just as the guy said…barely turning. So he let it go for $50. I took it home and fired it up the next day and to my surprise the motor quickly ran at full speed. Then I got to work on rust removal. Here is the finished product:

Sometime when the weather get’s warmer I’ll tackle removing and painting the surface rust on the cast iron body of the tool. I sharpened and set the blades, trued up the beds so they’re co-planar, lubed up all the metal on metal surfaces and parts, sprayed the machined surfaces with Top Coat, and gave the table and fence a good coat of paste wax. Now I have a hell of a Craigslist find!

-- Just a man with his chisel.........



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grfrazee

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#1 posted 450 days ago

Nice. My dad has the same model, and it’s served us well for as long as I’ve been alive (25 years).

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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#2 posted 450 days ago

That is a gloat worthy CL find!
CONGRATS!!!

A little TLC and elbow grease goes aloooong way to extending the shop budget!!!

Enjoy the jointing!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 450 days ago

great work

-- Joel

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#4 posted 450 days ago

Congrats on the find

-- Norman

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#5 posted 449 days ago

Great buy on a wonderful jointer, I have been looking for one with that center mounted fence for quite a
while, maybe one of these days. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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DouginVa

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#6 posted 449 days ago

As a devoted Craigslist surfer I’ve learned that some cities have adopted C/L as a virtual flee market while others have not. I also search cities within an hour or two hour drive of me (Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area) so Baltimore and Richmond are not out of consideration if I find something that will make the trip worth while.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#7 posted 441 days ago

I saw that very add and skipped over it. :( Good find… My search continues

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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ScottKaye

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#8 posted 441 days ago

By the way, how did you get the beds so clean? Im guessing Evapo-rust and a lot of steel wool/3m pads? Or did you hit it with a sander

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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DouginVa

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#9 posted 441 days ago

Scott;

On the flat machined surfaces I used WD40 and a radom orbit sander, using progressively finer grits. Starting around 125 and went up to 220 or 400, I forget which. On the other areas like the rack and pinion parts of the fence, the adjustment knobs, etc. WD40 a break free product, forget what it was called, and steel wool or hand sanding.

There was actually one set screw that became completely stripped it was rusted in so far. I had to the Alden proGrabit screw extractor from “Home Deposit” to remove the set screw. Never used them before but it worked great! Didn’t damage the threads or anything. Does exactly what it claims.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#10 posted 441 days ago

Ok… I’ll be the one to say it… YOU SUCK!

That was a hellofa nice find

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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DouginVa

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#11 posted 441 days ago

Haaaaa …... joein10asee…..don’t be a hater…..;)

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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joein10asee

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#12 posted 441 days ago

Not a hater,,, just jealous!
Finds like that dont ever seem to pop up here in my local CraigsList :-(

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DouginVa

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#13 posted 441 days ago

Joein10asee, I know what you mean. The Wash., D.C. pages are excellent compared to other cities. I even search Baltimore, Richmond and smaller towns in between just because they’re all relatively close. But even bigger cities have disappointing C/L volume.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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ScottKaye

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#14 posted 441 days ago

Doug, I agree with you that the DC Craigslist does seem to be more bountiful than others. What I also really notice is the over inflated, sometimes close to retail new prices people are asking for their tools. Occasionally one does find a gem floating amongst the crap such as you did but those are far and few between. Thats why I expand my search area to any place with in a three hour drive of my home. I recently bought a Unisaw off of CL and while I didnt get the steal of a deal you did, I didnt have to pay throught the nose either. I found mine down in Hampton Roads of all places (Im in Warrenton). Basically, it pays to look around outside of the expensive DC listings! Also, there are CL search engines out there that will expand your search area to more than just a single city.

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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ScottKaye

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#15 posted 421 days ago

Doug,

While my recent find wasnt as grand as yours, I just ended up buying the same Delta as you. I believe yours is a JT360. Anyway, I only paid 125 for mine, but I didnt have to do all the rust surgery you did! Mine was well maintained and very clean, though it is missing the dust shoot and my guards’ spring is either broken or missing. (
I need to check into that next) On to my point.. How exactly did you adjust both tables to get them coplaner? Since this is a relatively low end jointer, it comes with gibs and not cam adjustmets.. My tables seems fairly straight (I used an aluminum 4ft rule standing on its side) but lacking a precises straight edge, Id hate to go in and mess with the gibs especially since I dont know what Im doing.
Thanks

Scott

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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