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Blog entry by Bob #2 posted 11-08-2009 10:32 PM 12352 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A couple of weeks ago I rescued a an old 6” Delta/Milwaukee jointer from a Garage sale. ( Circa 1940’s)
The fellow I bought it from was mostly into old cars and had no use for this iron and it sat rusting in his way. We made a decent deal and I lugged it homeward.
The surfaces of the in and out feed table were rusted and pitted and I did think about having them re honed at a machine shop but first I felt it better to run it to see what else was wrong.
About and hour with some rust remover from Lee Valley and I had the vital parts soaking overnight in dampened paper toweling or immersed where practical.
With a bit of elbow grease and some metal finishing pads on the electric drill I was able to get an acceptable surface on the tables.

To see more pictures visit my blog at :
http://mywoodadventures.blogspot.com/2010/11/restoring-old-6-jointer-delta-milwaukee.html

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner



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jackass

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#1 posted 11-08-2009 11:04 PM

A friend of mine got an old jointer similar, that was in service as a small boat anchor, he brought it back to a working machine. Congrats to both of you. It cost him the price of a danforth anchor plus labour.
Jack

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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CanadianWoodChuck

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#2 posted 11-08-2009 11:10 PM

That looks like a great labour of love Bob – enjoy your jointer! I’m sure you’ll get years of service from this equipment.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce) http://3dwoodworkingplans.com

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 11-09-2009 12:46 AM

I really like to see posts like this, Bob. Giving an older tool new life is pretty cool.

Now that the hard stuff is done go ahead and have some fun with it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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king

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#4 posted 11-09-2009 03:03 AM

Nice job I enjoy seeing posts of old tools being renewed and put back to work.

-- franklinalbert@sbcglobal.net

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Bob #2

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#5 posted 11-09-2009 05:23 PM

Thanks Fellas.
I think I almost enjoy this part as much as the woodworking.
Well, maybe not quite as much.

Next on my agenda is the Delta 24” jig saw(like this one) sitting waiting for me in the garage.


Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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blockhead

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#6 posted 11-10-2009 06:58 PM

Great job Bob! I know it will last you a long time and serve you well. It is very gratifying to bring an old tool new life. Well done!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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Bob #2

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#7 posted 11-10-2009 07:15 PM

Thanks Brad.
I got the vacuum hooked up last night and the thing purs like a kitten.
I was going to give it a paint job but I think it deserves to be original after all these years of service.

Cheers
Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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rulon

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#8 posted 08-07-2010 05:58 PM

Hello, I just purchased a delta-wilwaukee 37-207 planer, in pretty good condition, but without a motor.
the original pulleys and belt are present. any ideas on where to locate an original or replacement motor? thanks for any ideas,
rulon

-- Rulon, NJ

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Bob #2

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#9 posted 08-07-2010 09:07 PM

Any decent 1/2 to 3/4 hp -3450 rpm motor will do. I prefer the 3/4” shaft models and use cast pulleys that have better balance than the alloyed ones on most furnace motors.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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rulon

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#10 posted 08-08-2010 12:05 PM

Thanks Bob for your recommendation and thank you to all the members that welcomed me to LJ. I look forward to learning more and sharing ideas/experiences.

-- Rulon, NJ

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Beginningwoodworker

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#11 posted 01-27-2011 02:23 AM

Nice looking jointer.

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