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Forum topic by Gene Howe posted 11-01-2014 01:30 PM 1521 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gene Howe

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11-01-2014 01:30 PM

My Delta bit the dust. Not sure what went awry, something started rattling and the blades quit turning. Haven’t opened it up yet. Probably a broken chain drive.
Took the opportunity to get a DW735.
Now I have this Delta with a good motor and I’m wondering if youse guys have any ideas for repurposing it.
Door stop? Boat anchor?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#1 posted 11-01-2014 01:35 PM

Gene, I don’t know if you know who Izzy Swan is but if you look on youtube, he has all kinds of tools made from repurposed motors and the like.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#2 posted 11-01-2014 01:35 PM

Drum sander

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#3 posted 11-01-2014 01:40 PM

or a 16”disk sander

i saw one somebody did
with different paper on each side
maybe lower the motor
and with a pulley
get more table room

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 11-01-2014 03:07 PM

Matthias Handel made a 12” jointer… if only a drive belt gone wrong, could possibly replace it and make?

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#5 posted 11-01-2014 04:08 PM

Justin beat me to the punch…. jointer.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 11-01-2014 04:19 PM

i third vote the jointer!

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#7 posted 11-01-2014 04:32 PM

It might be the chain or belt.

You can make a Bandsaw, grinder, sander, lathe, or anything else.

You could sell it to someone that is making something too

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#8 posted 11-01-2014 04:43 PM

I would find out what’s wrong with it first..


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#9 posted 11-01-2014 04:47 PM

Boat anchor.
How big is your boat?

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#10 posted 11-01-2014 06:24 PM

Gene, what model Delta planer is it? If it has a good 2 speed transmission mechanism for a 22-580 or 22-590 I would be interested in buying it from you.
If it isn’t one of those, I would do what I’ve been planning to do, ‘upcycle’, lol, the parts and make quite a few other things. The most involved piece of which will be a drum sander.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#11 posted 11-01-2014 06:25 PM

i have my dewalt in the same situation its sitting in the rain collecting rust

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#12 posted 11-01-2014 06:36 PM

Frame it and make it into a woodworking-centric dada-esque art piece.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#13 posted 11-01-2014 09:39 PM

I got nothing Gene. Maybe a noisy step stool.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#14 posted 11-01-2014 11:52 PM

Gene, I think a boat (mooring) anchor would be a great and innovative repurposing of this “previously enjoyed” tool. I would suggest just one simple modification to improve its performance. ............ bolt it to an old diesel engine block, the bigger the better and of course attach the chain to the block, not the planer. :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#15 posted 11-02-2014 05:44 AM

If you want something unique, and speed another process up, you could always turn it into a distress marking tool! You could have the feed speed at a different adjustment than a marking fixture, and would give a variety of distressed looks to your projects.

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