Vintage Restorations #1: 1975 Rockwell/Delta 8" Jointer 37-315

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Blog entry by smndrummer posted 12-26-2011 09:19 AM 8334 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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These are some pictures from the beginning stages of my rebuild. I will post more pictures on completion, as well as some videos that I took explaining my process. Rebuild is about 80% complete right now, with all of the small pieces completely stripped, repainted, and greased. I’m working on the tables right now, and am waiting on bearings for the cutterhead and a motor rebuild. What I presume to be the original motor is getting rebuilt as well, however I don’t have use for a 3 phase right now, so it will be on the shelf till I decide what to do with it.

I will give forewarning, this is not a rebuild back to 100% original. It’s getting a different paint job, and I’m cleaning the edges up on some of the rough castings. My goal is to have a table that works better than it did when new, without stressing out too much about the looks. As such, the tables were sanded just enough to remove rust and some staining, but it’s not going to gleam like some of the beautiful jobs I’ve seen done here and on OWWM. I’m replacing the wheel handles with shop made walnut versions, because that is what was available to me, and the originals are missing. I didn’t order the exact bearings quoted for this jointer, because a catalogue number does not make them better bearings. I did source the exact size and type of bearing used, just from a company with a great reputation. The single phase motor I’m using in lieu of the original is 2x the hp at the same rpms. The cabinet is getting soundproofing to make it quiet and to reduce vibration. The bottom 1” of the cabinet is coated with truck bed liner to improve wear characteristics and prevent corrosion. A mobile base is likely in the future. Hope you enjoy the rebuild process as much as I have! – Rich

-- - Rich

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#1 posted 12-26-2011 05:37 PM

Cant wait to see the after photos, looks like it has some potential.

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#2 posted 12-27-2011 01:35 AM

Can’t wait to see it finished.
If I ever have problems with mine, I’ll know who to ask. Got a great deal on mine on Craigslist. According to the second owner (I’m now the 3rd) it’s only had about 10 hrs of use. It still has the original belt. Hopefully it will hold up well, as I’m sure yours will after your refit.

And welcome to LJ’s!

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#3 posted 12-27-2011 01:50 AM

I have one just about like her and maybe slightly newer with a long bed. I bought it from a guy selling off his woodworking Dad’s tools to raise some money for his nursing home care. I couldn’t believe that he had no knowledge or interest in woodworking and just wanted to get rid of the stuff. This is a machine worth spending some time on and I know it will serve you well.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#4 posted 08-08-2014 06:55 PM

New to site but in need of a little help. First I am look for a manual for the 37-315.
Second, I am looking to restore the one I have and convert the three phase motor to a single phase unit. Any help would be appreciated.

-- AL, Alabama

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