|Forum topic by georgiaken||posted 254 days ago||821 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
254 days ago
So, I have watched a Delta DJ-15 on CL for a week or two. I couldn’t decide whether to take the 6” or wait on an 8”. Thing is, a Delta DJ-20 8” showed up on the day that I was barbecuing for company…by the time I saw it, it was gone…less than 8 hours. They only wanted $750 for it…This was an older model. There was also an 8” “Professional ” on CL for $750, that dropped to $650. I just couldn’t see paying $650 for a newer Delta. I know it’s an 8” but, well, anyway…I digress.
The DJ-15 is a 37-150. It was made in Brazil and made by Invicta. It’s a 1987 and it’s a parallelogram model. I grabbed the manual from the web, before I even got there. The machine was in pristine condition…everything perfect…and I do mean everything. It was lubed and waxed…no rust…
The owner ran a piece of oak through it and it came out feeling like it was finish sanded…he sharpened the blades before he listed it.
So, I drive out to this airplane hanger on a smallish regional airport and meet Dick. He’s an older gentleman and I can tell he’s torn about the sale (we talk on the phone and I negotiated the price before I arrived). Oh yeah, I bought it for $450…he asked for $495.
Turns out, Dick was Dick Rank…the guy who writes for Highland Woodworker Magazine. He showed me around his shop…incredible place, filled with all kinds of goodies…I saw Powermatics (vintage and new), Deltas (vintage and new)...just all kinds of toys. He also had 3 Roubo workbenches…two he built, and one of them was an Ulmia…just beautiful. Anyway, he gave me a significant amount if his time, talking woodworking.
For you hand tool guys (if you read this forum), I was talking about building a bench and hand planing the top. He ended up selling me a 2 Stanley Bailey Type 9 planes…a 5 and a 6C for $30 and $40 respectively (he didn’t claim the models etc…I just looked them up – they may in fact be “Frankenplanes,” who knows? I know the bases are Type 9 LOL). They were in great shape and already cleaned up.
And, he showed me some Oak…planted in Versaille (France) as a gift from Thomas Jefferson. He told me the oak was felled in 1990 (talk about “old growth”). He got the oak here:
There’s another article about it here.
Being completely new to this, it was amazing talking to this guy. I mean, I only got started last month and right now, I am just buying equipment and planning out my basement workshop.
I spent some time last night completely taking the machine out of alignment and realigning it myself. I mean, it was set up PERFECT, but I am a tinkerer and…I need to know how to align the machine if I am going to use it. I think it really helps to know the innards of your equipment. Anyway, I can edge joint a 24” board, with no snipe and 1 square edge (after face jointing). I practiced on a piece of 1”X4”X24” scrap (and yeah, I have push shoes). I used a straight edge, looking into the light to see if the edge was straight…I mean, I didn’t use feeler gauges on the table or anything, but the wood was straight…and I am happy.
I LOVE this machine…one day I may move up to an 8”, but for now, this is my most exciting purchase to date.
And yeah, they are sitting on my kitchen counter LOL – my wife is cool like that…unless we’re having company…