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Estate Sale Finds #3: - Delta Milwaukee 6" Jointer

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Blog entry by Jeff posted 04-24-2015 10:11 PM 3142 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Craftsman 22" Jointer Plane Part 3 of Estate Sale Finds series Part 4: A good day. »

Super excited about the deal I got today! So what did I find this morning as I went to a few Estate sales? An awesome 6” Delta Rockwell Jointer with a 3/4 hp motor. I have been wanting a jointer, but did not have the funds to go out and buy something new. I didn’t want a desktop jointer, reviews seems mixed, and I do not have room for a larger floor model. This is the perfect size for what I am doing right now.

I know it does not look that great, but I really like these old tools. I like the way they look and the fact that they are so solidly built. Made in America. I know some might say I would be better off with something new, but I really enjoy cleaning up and restoring these old tools. A little sanding, sandblasting, painting and powder coating with my DIY powder coating system from Eastwood and it will be looking great. It’s going to be fun.

And the best thing is that it works and all of the parts seem to be here! I have already run a few boards through it. The only thing I really need to do to use it is replace the belt and remove the surface rust from the bed and the fence.

Anybody know what vintage this is? I do not see a model number anywhere.

-- "...building is far more gratifying that consuming" - Chris Schwarz



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CO_Goose

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#1 posted 04-24-2015 10:36 PM

Try looking over at Old Wood Working Machines (OWWM) they have lots of resources there for these old and great tools

-- Just making sawdust

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canadianchips

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#2 posted 04-24-2015 11:38 PM

That is a nice find.
Those older tools do work well.
I have a 4” rockwell -Delta it is portable, I can move it around with me.
I leave my larger 6” in the shop.
Even smaller motor , you can take smaller bites, maybe 3 passes instad of 1.
I find the smaller amount I take off with each pass the less tearout I have. I have lots of time, no need for speed.
Clean this up, you will have a lifetime tool.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#3 posted 04-25-2015 04:15 PM

On the older Delta Milwaukee-Rockwell tools, they did not put the model number on the tools, the
Serial number is what you have to work with. That model was made for quite a few year, I have one
without the factory base and it works great for my small shop. If you can copy Delta Rockwell Power
Tools publication PM-1535 it will give you some operating and maintenance instructions and as CO_Goose
said go to OWWM for more info.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 04-25-2015 07:41 PM

I would be curious to know how much they squeezed out of you when they held you down and forced you to like this old iron.
Great find, and most folks wouldn’t know what it is.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#5 posted 04-25-2015 11:34 PM


I would be curious to know how much they squeezed out of you when they held you down and forced you to like this old iron.
- Grumpymike

I got the Delta jointer, 7 small carving knives, 20 old woodworking magazines and a very old 8” outside caliper for $75.00. :)

-- "...building is far more gratifying that consuming" - Chris Schwarz

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#6 posted 04-26-2015 04:25 AM

Looks like a 37-207, except the infeed table crank looks like it was replaced

http://www.vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=7367

-- Just making sawdust

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#7 posted 04-26-2015 04:31 PM



Looks like a 37-207, except the infeed table crank looks like it was replaced

http://www.vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=7367

- CO_Goose


Thanks, you are right. That looks just like mine. Where I can find a replacement infeed crank?

-- "...building is far more gratifying that consuming" - Chris Schwarz

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#8 posted 04-26-2015 10:15 PM

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#9 posted 04-27-2015 05:14 AM

Nice find. It gets addicting. I’ve been working on lathes myself, a 20’s Goodell Pratt, a 58 Craftsman, and a 74 Rockwell. But today I was looking at an old Craftsman jointer, made by King Seeley. I’m on the fence about it.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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