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Project by Bullet posted 04-30-2010 03:07 PM 3182 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Jocks,

Unfortunately, I had to lose my uncle to get these, but…
I am now the proud owner of some nice old tools:
-Delta Homecraft 4” jointer (1948 or so)- needs some work and sharpenning but in really nice shape
-Walker Turner L1152 variable speed lathe (late 1940’s) – man, this thing is an F’in beast. Need to strip it down and re-finish, but it’s in perfect running order. It also needs the cap for the head stock, I might carve one out of wood. I also got a full set of Craftsman lathe tools, multiple live centers and chucks.
-Delta 16” 3 wheel band saw. Changed the tires and got new Timberwolf blade. Runs really nice and has a steel stand.
-Delta 8” table top band saw (in the lathe picture). Cast iron frame and steel door, well made.
-Ludell drill press (early ‘80’s) – wow. That’s all I can say.

They don’t build tools like this anymore.

He was a carver so I got about 100 different types of carving knives, a power chisel (really cool!) 2 chainsaws, a Makita angle grinder (with a chainsaw blade!!!), and about 20 years worth of “Chip Chat” magazines.

Now I just need to find a place to fit them all! I have a basemant shop that’s about 20×10’. That’s a lot of stuff to fit with what I already have.

I was sad to see him go, but his spirit lives on in the tools, and I will pass them on when I go…

Hey… Anyone know of a good Website on restoring old tools?

-- Anything is possible when you have no idea what you're talking about.

13 comments so far

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#1 posted 04-30-2010 03:21 PM

Sorry for your loss. The tools will be a constant reminder of him to you. Hope to see them a looking brand spanking new soon.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#2 posted 04-30-2010 03:22 PM

It’s always hard to gain by loosing. I’m sorry for your loss, but looks like you will remember him through his/your tools.

-- Kate,

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#3 posted 04-30-2010 03:59 PM

Wow – Did he store these in the bottom of a pool? I’ve seen less rust on the Titanic! ;-)

Seriously, this is the condition my Grandfather’s belt/disc sander was in – a 1950’s Craftsman. Ended up being the best tool I own to this date!

I am really pleased someone that cares enough to restore these gems to their former splendor now has them – you will have many wonderful hours ahead of you to do a proper restore and every minute of this I am SURE you will be thinking of your Uncle.

Good luck!!!!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#4 posted 04-30-2010 04:03 PM

I am sure your uncle would be pleased that you plan to restore and use these tools. A great way to honor him and enjoy some great old tools. Good luck with the restoration work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 04-30-2010 04:39 PM

Actually, the jointer was stored in his basement that flooded… But it still works. Everything checks out. I had to rewire the switch and touch up the motor but those old motors are bullet-proof.

-- Anything is possible when you have no idea what you're talking about.

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#6 posted 04-30-2010 06:21 PM

Great Old tools, I’m sure your Uncle would be proud that you’re going to restore and use them. I’ve found and to be very useful in old tools that I have. Owner’s manuals and part breakdown and help when you need it.

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#7 posted 04-30-2010 06:23 PM

I’m sorry for your loss … and … glad for your gain ;-)

Try here:

My understanding is … THAT is where you want to go.

But DO come back :-)

-- -- Neil

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#8 posted 04-30-2010 08:28 PM

I got a joiner very similar to the one you received from my father-in-law and maybe even a little older. I cleaned it up and removed all the rust, used some fine steel wool, sandpaper and wax. Probably not the recommended way to do it, but it turned out great.

Only thing is I can’t for the life of me figure out how to use it. It has a seperate motor with a belt like yours. I got it running and tried to run some wood through it and it doesnt do quite as it supposed to or what i think its supposed to, any tips?

Anyone else have any tips?

-- Mike, Florida,

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#9 posted 04-30-2010 08:55 PM

Looks like another completed woodworking project post !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 04-30-2010 09:44 PM

Sorry to hear about your Uncle!!! If you need to get rid of some of those great tools because of the room issue, let me know. ;-)

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#11 posted 05-01-2010 12:45 AM

Sorry for your loss, No better way to remember them by but by following in there craft/hobbies and continue use the tools they had. I have some of my grandfathers tools an think of him when I use them.

I think I have that same 4” planer, it looks the same but mine has a Rockwell label on it. It cleaned up great and works good.

enjoy your new tools


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#12 posted 05-01-2010 06:29 PM

There are several web sites on Delta tools as well as repair and parts sites. A replacement cap for the head
stock, if it will fit is about $150. I just finished with a Delta lathe from the 1950’s , I rigged up a jack shaft on
the stand, I just got the lathe, not the stand, to slow it down for starting to turn big and unbalanced items,
until I can afford a rotary phase converter for the three phase Varidrive that came with the lathe. I have a
sanding table for the disc sander and a few other items that are no longer available, so I am well on my way
to becoming a wood turner, only a few more decades and I may be an expert. and would be two places to start your search. If you can find a model number close to your
tool, you might be able to print manuals off the web. If you can not print them off the web, but have a
model number, my lathe did not have a model number on it, you can call your nearest Delta parts and
repair center and they will arrange to have Delta send you a manual in some cases. The manual made it
much easier to work on my Lathe. Good luck in your search. I used pillow block bearings mounted on
adjustable angle iron brackets to set up my jackshaft and allow me to properly tension my drive belts. As ever

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#13 posted 05-02-2010 07:13 AM

Great looking tools. I have an old craftsman 40 with a sepreate motor I am restoring as well and before I started it cut fine and worked great. Except for the fact that the guy I bought it off of had no idea what he was doing, the cord cracked when I touched it and the plug shorted the braker everytime since the wires were bare in the plug and he use a edger pully that was 3/4” arbor for a 1/2” shaft. But with less than $15 it is turning out great.

-- Juan, Fresno CA.

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