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Posted on Restoring a 1948 Delta Homecraft 37-290 Jointer

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#1 posted 05-26-2016 02:16 PM

Post a picture so we can better see what you are dealing with.

I have one of those jointers from around that time and it is a solid machine. I know this isn’t the question you asked but I agree that unless you just want to restore it for the fun of it, I wouldn’t spend much money restoring it, especially if the motor is as old as the jointer (like mine is). Mine is currently listed on Craig’s List and no one wants to pay more than about $100 for it.

If you have the bed and fence cleaned up and smooth (don’t have those sand or bead blasted) and the bed height adjustments slide smoothly, the rust on the painted surfaces may not be that big of a deal because it doesn’t really affect performance. It just hurts the eye. If you just want to get rust on the painted surfaces under control, I would just use a wire brush and some spray paint.

BTW, Rustoleum has a spray paint that they claim chemically transforms rust into a protective coating so that might be worth looking into.

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