My best Craig's List purchase yet

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Blog entry by nobuckle posted 06-22-2012 11:32 AM 7705 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been patiently searching Craig’s List for a scroll saw. Not just any scroll saw but one that I felt was going to perform to my expectations. The main thing I looked for was a brand that I could trust, for me that means Delta. Another area of importance was construction – how it was made and what kind of material was it made from. So, I looked for a Delta scroll saw that was constructed of quality cast iron. What I found met those requirements and more. Take a look.

As you can see my two main requirement were met. The bonus is that it came with the stand and I only paid $25 for it.

Now, I know what you might be thinking – “there has to be something wrong with it for the price to be so low”. That’s what I thought also. I figured that if there was something wrong I could get the parts and repair it myself. As it turns out, the machine is in perfect working order. It just hadn’t been used in quite a while.

Once I discovered that the machine was working, I knew that all I had to do was clean it up.

The first thing to do was to take the saw off the stand.

The table was the first part to remove. Once this was done I disassembled the machine as much as I could so that I could remove all the dirt, dust, and grime.

These were my main areas of concern (sorry for the blurry pics)

Once everything had been cleaned to my satisfaction I put everything back together and started working on the table. I didn’t take any pictures of that process.

Here is the result.

Then the stand

I then put the saw back on the stand

I was very pleased with how this purchase worked out. Now all I have to do is learn how to use it properly.

Thanks for looking. Take care.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#1 posted 06-22-2012 12:12 PM

Doug, You hit a jackpot on this one and your restoration work has made this saw a standout. May you have many years of scroll sawing ahead.

-- Rodman

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#2 posted 06-22-2012 12:18 PM

Looks like a winner. Great job restoring it.

-- Life is good.

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#3 posted 06-22-2012 12:23 PM

Nice Catch, and it cleaned up like a New Saw.

Sit back and open up a ‘Cold One’, you’ve earned it my friend. :-) – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 06-22-2012 12:42 PM

What a great deal! Have fun with it!

-- Chris G. ; Los Angeles, CA

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#5 posted 06-22-2012 12:51 PM

Great cleanup job. Looks brand new.

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#6 posted 06-22-2012 01:29 PM

Super deal, and a very nice outcome. Nothin better than some good, restored old stuff.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 06-22-2012 03:03 PM

Congrat, what a find.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Belle City Woodworking

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#8 posted 06-22-2012 03:29 PM

Nice Score!

-- Formerly known as John's Woodshop - and NO not the one from Ohio!

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#9 posted 06-22-2012 04:33 PM

excellent find and a great job cleaning it up!

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#10 posted 06-22-2012 05:25 PM

My shop is thinly stocked, and I constantly search Craigslist for just this kind of buy…Congratulations on a fantastic find!
I am searching for a smallish lathe and a sliding compound miter saw, haven’t found one that has screamed “Take Me!” yet.
Very nice job on the clean up, it looks pratically new.
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#11 posted 06-22-2012 07:00 PM

It looks like a $400 or more machine.
Great job.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#12 posted 06-22-2012 10:28 PM

Super job getting it back into shape. I happen to have the same saw and it is a good saw, even at new retail price. I would like to warn you, however, the bolt under the table which tightens down on the blade sheered off on mine. I just went to the Truevalue store and 50 cents later, it was back in business. Also, don’t buy blades from Sears as they break too easily. Have fun and have plenty of light.

-- Chuck.. aka Pickpapa`'`'`'`'`'` The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. Heb. 1:3

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#13 posted 06-22-2012 10:38 PM

Good as new!

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