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  1. My wife and I watched our Grandson, Teddy, for a week, while his parents moved into their first house on Long Island. While here, he did the usual things for a 5 year old, play dates, swimming in the local creek/pool, helped with yard work, and helped me start a dovetailed, sliding lidded box, that is to be used to store loose parts for my Delta shaper. We didn't quite get around to painting it but I'll show him the results when finished. All-in-all, he had a great time!!!!
  2. Eyeing this jointer for sale, auction actually, and I can't tell if it's 6 or 8"; I want to say 8. Also, is it worth buying?...only 3/4 HP motor.
  3. Ok, here's the last machine from my Monday "I'm just going to look" haul. So when the Craig's List poster told me he had machines in the garage loft I just had to look. So up into the loft we go, and what do I spot? This machine first appeared in the 1933 Delta general line catalog. It was the table saw that became the Homecraft 34-160 after WWII. There's probably a ton of them out there, but I've been after an early one for a long time. Why an early one? Here's why! Only the early machines had "DELTA" cast into the side of the machine. Later versions wore a badge. This one even has the optional table extension, and most of a blade guard. This one's missing a few parts, some of which I'm sure are in my parts stash. If I remember correctly I've got both the dado, and moulding inserts to fit this machine. It's also missing the fence, and rails just like the 20-200.
  4. I found this on Craigs List, and I was curious what it's used for? I don't even know if it's metal or woodworking related. Thanks for any information.
  5. Welp first turn of the new year. 2021. As well as the first turn on the brand new delta lathe. It took me a few minutes to figure out that forward is backwards and reverse is forwards basically. Either way I love the lathe so thanks to who ever suggested buying that one it was well worth the 600 some odd dollars I spent on it. It is extremely quiet and I'm honestly over all happy and impressed with it. Beats the harbor freight lathe by 1000 fold. I also got my new cole jaws for the larger bowls as well but I wanted to do a small little myrtle wood bowl for myself to throw my keys in when they are not in my pocket so it works. But roughly done.
  6. A few days ago I stopped in our local junkyard to see whats new... I seen a Delta scroll saw in the trash... I seen that the head was missing. I never seen one this big in the junkyard before. I said to myself Wow. To bad the heads missing... Then I walked up to the tin pile and there was another guy unloading another saw just like the one below. The skid steer was pushing everything back to make more room. After the skid steer was finished I Looked what was left of the saw. I could not believe that It had what looked like a good head on it. Everything else got smashed up. so I walked back down to the lower pile and the skid steer was pushing everything back again to make room. I thought I was to late to save anything. When he was done this is what I found...
  7. Anyone know if the jaws from the Nova line will fit the Delta version?
  8. During these current events with the Covid19 virus, and it's side effects I'm reminded of what I heard/read about The Great Depression. So that got me to thinking that this was also Delta's early years when they had to compete for buyers scarce spending dollars. Most of my machines are from this period in both our country's, and Delta's History. Being that most of my machines are now approaching 90 years old, and not being a purist I have where needed used parts from later model machines to replace hard to, if not impossible to find parts. I do so in a manner that can be reversed if original parts ever do find their way my way. The purists call me a Resto-Modder. I also can't/won't/don't even try to compete with the true collectors that pay top dollar. One of Delta's selling points involved the way their machines could be assembled into combo units that could be powered by a single motor, or if you lacked electric power by an engine. I've looked years for a couple sets of the metal bench legs that Delta offered. But the one's I do see are way out of my price range. I do however have a set of legs from a Delta scroll saw stand, so I might just see if I can't make a pair. My intention is to build two of the benches for a pair of combinations. The first will be a bench similar to below that will support 3 of my Resto-Modded machines. The second will support an 8" TS 4" jointer and an 11" lathe. So now if only the weather would cooperate!
  9. The following images can help in determining the age of your Delta machines by the badge it wears, providing the part with the badge is original to the machine. 1936 1937 1938 1939-1941 1941-1952 1953-1966 1966-1973
  10. Last Sunday my neighbor called me stating he found one of those Delta machine lamps I had showed him. ...He didn't tell me it was attached to a machine. First a view of the lamp. Turns out it was attached to a 1939-40 Delta Catalog No. 645 11" DP, that in spite of being damaged was in pretty nice shape. First a photo showing the damage.It appears to have been dumped on it's top at some point in it's life. You can see the replacement motor pulley on the left. Even the decals don't look to shabby. Early SN 1-8660. And to top it off a nice Delta 1/3 HP RI Motor! Amazing what people put out by the curb! Right in my price range "If you're taking the lamp, the rest goes with it." Gotta love curb shopping!
  11. I have an old Delta 40-560 scroll saw. The air diaphragm, or bellows, that generates the air flow to keep the cut line free of dust is shot. I can't find a replacement for this part anywhere. I emailed Delta, but they don't have a replacement. They recommended I check with another company that specializes in obsolete and discontinued parts, but I struck out there. So here is my question. You know the flex seal product, where the pitch man sticks a patch on a leaking 5 gal bucket of water, or cuts a boat in half and then fixes it with the tape version of this product? Would that fix the bellows on my scroll saw? I'm thinking of a quick dip in a can of this stuff, or maybe painting a layer on the bellows with an acid brush. I use a scroll saw so seldom that a purchase of a new one, or even a used one, just doesn't make sense. Everything else works fine. I can use it this way if necessary, but after a while I get dizzy from trying to blow a steady stream of air so that I can see where I am cutting. Any suggestions?
  12. I have some oddities in my shop. I try to be as organized as I can and some of my organizational methods, ehem, are somewhat to be desired to say the least! I have for years stored the chuck key to my Rockwell Delta Drill Press in a location that I know where it always is, and it also serves a secondary purpose as well. Here is the my beloved Delta Rockwell Drill Press. And the place I keep the chuck key, the original chuck key that came with the drill press is here. Please tell me I am not the only one that has an oddity in the shop such as this. This gate keeper, errr I mean chuck key has served it's purpose there for a decade since I have had this particular drill press. The chuck key is stationed right out the side door of my garage and my drill press is right next to the side door of the garage, I literally take two steps out the side door and I have the chuck key to use for my drill press. I always know where it is, it has never rusted from rain, and it keeps the gate latch secured. This is the gate that separates our side yard from strangers off the street. I have fought this feeling of shame for years now, not having a legitimate location to keep my chuck key, yes, I could keep it at the drill press, you know I actually did that once, and I lost it! Just to find it a day later, and I promptly installed it back in the gate latch where it serves double duty to this day. So there, I have confessed, and I feel great! Please tell me I am not the only one!
  13. joejimmun


    Hey Folks, I have a used Delta LA 200 and am looking for parts which is quite a challenge since they are no longer produced. I did find a power switch but I need a handle to lock the quill. I see many lathes that this part seems to fail on and was wondering if anyone knew of the thread and bolt size required. It did not have the handle when I bought it (just a bolt and vice grips) but am thinking that if it matches the handles on other lathes then I could just buy a replacement part for one of them. Thanks, Joe
  14. I visited a friend today who is moving to a retirement community in August. He had a very complete shop and while the community has a woodshop, they could not use all his donations. He's sold some and wanted me to come over and pick up two grinders that he wanted to donate to the woodworking club. Well, low and behold, he had a couple more things. One was a mortising machine that he offered me for free. I have been trying to find an efficient way to cut mortises for a while. I have a BeadLock but it's slow and you either need to chisel out the sides or buy the proprietary tenons. Never got around to figuring out a router jig for mortising. Can't wait to try it out.
  15. I planned this out and put it together a couple years ago, it has a Thein style dust plate inside the seperator drum. I'm extremely happy, and proud of this project.
  16. I have a friend that just bought a Delta 43-379 shaper and it is missing a 1/2” collet. Collet part number is 698799. Anyone have a spare one that they want to sell? Message me here on site
  17. On New Years Day we made our rounds and visited family, and we paid ol pops a visit. He lives in the local mountains, there was even a tad bit of snow left from the last snow he had! After we spent a few hours there we ventured up the mountain some more and let the kids roll in the big snow. But here are a few random shots of dad and his shop. Image below is what is leftover of his cedar pile of wood, he loves making birdhouses, and he sells them locally. Next up is his old 70's vintage Craftsman Band Saw And a late model Craftsman Contractors Table Saw he uses for secondary cuts or he leaves a dado on it at all times. Dad and I, two knuckle heads! Dad and Grandpa A smaller Delta Bench top drill press Delta Rockwell Table Saw with a Bies fence system A good ol Delta Scroll Saw His main go to compressor, he only uses it for finish nails, he doesn't believe in cleaning up so he certainly doesn't need air for that! Yes folks, it does snow in southern California, we actually had about 4" on the ground a few days before this. Over all image of the shop. Dad and I build this shop back in 2004. Rear shot of his shop Another rear shot. And just for kicks and giggles, Dad's home! A restored single wide trailer, we got this place for a song and dance, and pops loves it up in the hills. Thanks folks for sharing a bit of my Dad's place with us, yall come back now ya here!
  18. "Back From the Archives" Hi, I am about to undertake the restoration, and upgrade of a Delta model 700 Scroll Saw. This model was available from 1931 to 1937 in the Delta catalogs. I have two of these saws, and will be using the best parts from both units to complete one machine. Both of the machines as I received them either had the upper blade chuck missing or broken, so this is where the upgrade part of the restoration comes into play. I will be using the plunger bearing, shaft, and upper blade chuck from a later model Delta Scroll saw to replace what I have found to be a rather unobtainable part to locate. At the same time I will maintain the ability to index the upper blade chuck, plus add easier to perform blade tensioning to the saw. First the saws. Now for a look at the original upper blade chuck assembly. Now a look at the parts that I'll be using for the modification. A comparison of the upper blade chucks, I'll be using the smaller one. A showing of the parts after a little rework. All machining work was accomplished using 180 grit sandpaper, and a 1/8" round file. The bearing was turned down with sandpaper to fit the upper head casting, and the large brass washers inner diameter were enlarged to fit the shoulder on the plunger bearing. These were in turn epoxied to the bearing shoulder, and each other. The file slot is for blade indexing, and gets secured using the 6-32 Brass machine screw, and knurl nut. The plunger shaft was cut just below the fiber washer, then 1" was removed from the shaft. The next step was to turn the head of the 10-32 machine screw down to fit in the end of the plunger shaft. This was then silver soldered into the shaft. This will accomplish the bade tensioning by shortening the shaft's length. The smaller brass washers will be epoxied to the top of the fiber washer assembly's metal part. Another view showing the assembly. Another view showing original versus the remake. And another. And a test fit view on the saw. Sorry about the photo quality, but this is my first time using a digital camera, it's also the first time that I've posted pictures to a website. So thanks for understanding. I hope that you have enjoyed the show, and thanks for looking. More to come later, as I now have to pick the best parts from the rest of the remains.... Oh, and who was it that said you can't fit a square peg in a round hole??? It all depends upon how you go about it!!!
  19. "Back From The Archives" Dateline: July,14,2012 , Location S.E. Wisconsin, Your roving "Old Machinery" reporter, has photograped a 1931-1937 Delta Specialty Co. Model # 700 Scroll Saw.....Yeah, I know " Big Deal ".... What's so special about spotting a Delta Specialty Co. Model # 700 Scroll Saw? A cast iron tabled with miter gauge slot, Model # 700 Scroll Saw that's what! Wait a minute.....A what?.....As found in the wild..... As the above photos show, at least one exists. The table is a one piece casting with the only identifying detail being the use of the normal Model # 700's angle gauge. It has been drilled and mounted to the cast iron table using drive screws through the face of the gauge. The rear trunnion mount is also a cast iron, machined piece. I searched the catalogs from 1931-1937, the years of the Model # 700's production run, but couldn't find any reference to a cast iron Model 700 Scroll Saw table. So is this a Delta prototype design?, or a rare Delta accessory?
  20. "Back From The Archives" I got this old saw last week at a garage sale. I am still trying to find out what I have and what I should do with it. Check out my pictures, I think it is a Delta 1160. Any way of knowing the age of these? It has no serial no. Questions Are these old saws valuable or should I just give it a coat of paint and use it? It is very well made and in pretty good condition. I am not too crazy about the tilt table but I am not a heavy duty wood worker and it will only see light duty ocasional work. But would I be better off selling this to a collector, and buying a newer saw that would be more practical. I love well made equipment ( I hate plastic crud) so if I replaced it it would be with another old saw. Randy
  21. "Back From The Archives" Hi, Neighbor across the highway was having a rummage sale today, so I walked accross the highway. This is what I found. Complete with bulb, but missing mounting bracket, and heat shield. How about that, the bulb works! Oh well, I guess I paid too much......................................... $2.00
  22. "Back From The Archives" Hello I have an 1160, and am looking to find a couple of parts. The gears that mesh to move the table up and down are worn, and don't work well. I saw that you restored one in the past and wondered if you had any secret stashes of parts or knew who might. Delta has discontinued these parts (my saw was made in the 40's, so I don't blame them), and they don't even provide a part number I might search the web with. I absolutely love this saw. Dont tilt the table at all. It was my fathers saw, and I have used it extensively over the years. It is the "cabinet makers" model which came on a stand with a 6" jointer as well. I would hate to lose it! Let me know if you have any secrets I can use! Thanks in advance. Neal Kobylik 810-252-9550 nealkobylik@hotmail.com
  23. I received a text today from a friend asking me if I knew anyone that was looking for a bandsaw. After playing 20 questions, I found out that the saw is a Delta 28-241. It’s a 14” saw with riser and is on a stock Delta mobile base. It belongs to a mutual friend of ours that is moving. Price .......$150. It’s now mine.
  24. I bought this one for 85 bucks from a fellow who was selling a Rockwell Scroll Saw. I purchased the scroll saw, but I also saw the DP sitting there and he said he'd let me have it. So here it is, I have had it for about 6 years and love it. Plus, 85 bucks! You can't even get a bench top model for that much. The table is a Rockler thinga ma jig that I bought on a whim. It works, but it has it's draw backs, when I have the time, I will build my own. I love the old Allen Bradley switch the DP came with. The motor is not the original, I need to track down a 1hp Delta vintage motor.
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