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Forum topic by Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop posted 02-18-2013 12:27 AM 983 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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02-18-2013 12:27 AM

I have a Delta rockwell 6 1/2 inch jointer that was given to me free from my brother. I was lucky enough to find an online owners manual for the model, but I do not have a guidance to take it apart. The jointer beds sag from one end to the other and apex at the knives. I have tried adjusting the gibs, But I do not know the proper method. Is there anybody with this jointer that has Experience taking it apart, refurbishing it and putting it back together? The model number is 37-220

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK


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#1 posted 02-18-2013 12:51 AM

Thats so cool Drew, try to search for a manual online.

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#2 posted 02-18-2013 01:47 AM

Try this Fine Woodworking article:

http://www.finewoodworking.com/tool-guide/article/jointer-tune-up.aspx

It doesn’t necassarily show you how to break down a jointer but it walks you through making the beds co-planar. There is also a FWW article on how to replace the cutter head with the new helical cutter heads. I don’t know for sure if that article is on-line or not. And you may need to be a member of their on-line site to access these too.

The WoodWhisperer also has a vid on making your tables co-planar.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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lew

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#3 posted 02-18-2013 02:21 AM

It may be that the gibs do not add enough elevation to the ends of the table. You might have to get some shim stock and place it on the ways to get the height you need.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 02-18-2013 02:31 AM

If it’s really vintage then lew probably nailed the problem – you’ll need to add some shims. There is a user maintenance manual on owwm that might have a decent diagram:

http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/detail.aspx?id=1551

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#5 posted 02-18-2013 03:46 AM

Where is a good place to get shim stock???

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#6 posted 02-18-2013 04:15 AM

Old soda cans will work as shim stock.

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#7 posted 02-18-2013 07:58 AM

I used to have a 37-220. Solid little machine. How far out of level are the tables?

-- John, BC, Canada

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#8 posted 02-18-2013 07:59 AM

Double post

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#9 posted 02-20-2013 05:16 PM

Shim stock is available at Amazon and Fastenal, however, it’s not cheap. Use a feeler gauge to determine what thickness is required and then go to a machine shop- they might just sell you a small piece.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 02-20-2013 06:08 PM

37-220 owner here as well. I think Lew’s got the answer in shimming the ways. Those gibs screws in the back should be adjusted from the inside (cutter head) out. I dont think that there is any way your are “supposed” to do it. i just fiddled with them until i got it about right. Id go with the soda can method for shims personally.

I used the wood whisperer’s site opened up on my iphone to help in getting it tuned up. It did take a few hours i must say.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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