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Forum topic by Brett Clark posted 04-18-2012 06:42 PM 2261 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Brett Clark

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04-18-2012 06:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: delta rockwell 6 vintage jointer

Ok, so this Delta/Rockwell 6” jointer was posted on CL and I thought since I can’t buy a new one, this would be a good one to get me going with not a terrible amount of effort to get it at least operating. I believe it’s this one, http://www.old-woodworking-tools.net/delta-jointer-6-inch.html, but not sure since it doesn’t have the info plate attached. If you happen to know the model I’d appreciate any info you have. All that’s stamped on it is NJ 203 under the wings.

Just looking for some advice on getting it looking good again. I have both a soda and sand blaster, which I haven’t actually put to use because I have to put my compressor back together, but would that be the way to go first? What about sanding the whole table, just worried about having something big and flat enough to get the whole thing.

Can anyone tell me what’s missing? I’ll point out the obvious and save you some jokes at my expense :-).
1: Sanity!
2: one table tilt handle
3: Motor and stand
4: Fence, the big one, ones I saw on ebay that looked like they were the correct ones were crazy high. If anyone knows of one that can either be fabricated, or a good way to make one myself to get by, that would be great.

Sorry for the picture quality, they were taken from my cheap cell out in the shed late at night. I can post better ones if you would like.


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Loren

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#1 posted 04-18-2012 06:52 PM

Not worth much without a fence. You can make a rudimentary fence without
too much trouble.

You can mount it flush on a board with a short link belt connecting the
motor sheave and jointer sheave. Making a stand and mounting the
motor underneath is much more hassle. When mounted together
on a board the jointer can be put on any old shop table that comes
your way. I seldom build shop furniture myself, I just salvage and
modify.

You might consider parting it out on ebay yourself. That is what
I would do. The handles are all told probably worth $20 each
and the tables probably $50 apiece. The cutterhead and center
part probably not worth anything but a good door stop, counterweight
or anchor for a little boat

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#2 posted 04-19-2012 02:12 AM

I know what you’re saying about parts. They do go pretty high on eBay. Just don’t think I’ll have much chance to own a 6” jointer any time in the near future. I am probably getting an old one that’s a 4 1/2” and been terribly abused, left outside. But it will be really cheap, and comes with a stand and motor. I’m not sure what to do here really. I have a stack of 6” wide rough sawn red oak I’m getting soon and one of these sure would come in handy since I don’t have anything else.

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#3 posted 04-19-2012 02:19 AM

You need a planer to thickness that oak. You can flatten
it any number of ways. A 4” jointer can be used to surface
stock 8” wide too. You clean up the flaws with a hand plane.

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#4 posted 04-19-2012 02:21 AM

Yeah Loren, I see that. So are you also saying I should let this great old tool be hacked apart and sold in pieces. Don’t mean for that to sound so harsh, I just feel like it’s such a shame.

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#5 posted 04-19-2012 02:25 AM

You might get enough on ebay to buy a complete machine

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#6 posted 04-19-2012 02:31 AM

Maybe so, that’s just a big maybe. Plus, I’ve never sold a lot of products at once and not sure how bad all the fees are. Plus, these things will need some major packaging for shipping.

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#7 posted 04-19-2012 02:32 AM

Yeah, that’s my thought. Restoring a big old 12” or larger jointer
can be a labor of love and make it worth searching out parts,
but for a machine of modest capacity it just isn’t worth the energy
in general. Machinery of this sort was, after all, mass produced.

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#8 posted 04-19-2012 02:38 AM

Oh, I thought with the age and size of this one that it was a little more “special” than a typical one you get at the big box stores, and I can’t even afford one of those right now.

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#9 posted 04-24-2012 11:39 AM

Keep it, fix it up, use it. An awful lot of naysayers around here.
Parts are available on OWWM.
Might take some time, but they are around.

-- Never, under any circumstances, take a laxative and sleeping pill, on the same night....

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#10 posted 04-24-2012 02:22 PM

I think you’re right Mike. Since I picked up that 4 1/2” really cheap, this won’t be something I have to have immediately and with the little investment, I can take my time.

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