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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-06-2011, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Well, my daughter is getting married this week and she and her new hubby will be off on their honeymoon. So they dropped by last night with my father's day present - he'd got this from somewhere and cobbled together a motor and stand for it! I haven't even had time to look closely at it other than to snap off this picture - and I wonder. Was "Homecraft" a brand used by Sears before the venerable "Craftsman" name came to be used? I wonder how old this beauty is?

The knife box is a Sears Craftsman, and it needs one more new knife (he thought it had two, it has three). I wonder what options I have there? Are carbide cutters better (if I can get them)?

But what a guy! - And he's quite an accomplished woodworker compared to yours truly.
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Homecraft was the name Rockwell/Delta used for the home market back in the day.
That jointer is called, "Old arn".

If you have any intention on restoring it to new condition, or just clean it up and inspect it for operation, I suggest you visit Old Woodworking Machines • Index page forums.The Old WoodWorking Machines website is devoted to restorations of vintage machines.
With a serial number, you can find the date it was made.
At VintageMachinery.org there is a wealth of manuals, parts lists, etc. That website is the mothership of owwm.org

I've restored 5 machines myself. I love taking them apart to the last bolt, and cleaning, painting, fixing, and putting them into service. They replace newer machines. Here are a couple of them.

Enjoy. That looks like a nice jointer. Here is a link to another one, just like it. Made approx 1958.
http://vintagemachinery.org/photoind....aspx?id=12401
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Thanks, Mike! I probably should've Googled first, as I quickly found this one, too: Delta Homecraft Jointer A manual would be nice, but so far no luck.

The knife question will be an issue, but as long as the bearings are okay, I doubt if Ill have time for a teardown/repaint.

That's a nice old drill press and bandsaw you've done up there! Boy, that drill press- talk about a "watch your hair" machine! Well, I guess I've got to go add this one to my profile. And tonight maybe have a better look at it!
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As Mike said, Homecraft was the line of Delta tools aimed at the home market. Lighter duty than their industrial machines, but still Delta quality. I inherited several Homecraft line machines from my dad, including the 4" jointer, a small shaper, a lathe, and a scroll saw. Good stuff for the hobbyist.

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Here's a link to some Delta jointers. Click the filter box and choose jointers. Find one like yours.
OWWM - Delta Manufacturing Co. - Publication Reprints

That drill press is a 1934 Delta. Took a while to restore it, as the casting holding the quill was cracked, and I had to get it welded. The band saw was a 1 month restoration.
All fun. Here is the bigger brother of the drill press. A 1948 DP220 14" model.

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That's nice, Mike. Oldies but goodies!

My little jointer doesn't have a nameplate, and it really needs paint. I'd love to, but just not now. It also needed a belt, but the closest one the parts store had was 1" shorter, so I may need to add some adjustment capability.

The link to the manuals was perfect, I don't know how I missed that, so thank you very much. Now with 3 days until my daughter's wedding, I have to try to get their wedding gift made!

Thanks again!


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so what are you going to make them?
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I like those old machines.

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so what are you going to make them?
Well, it's down in the projects section - I want to make them a cross, with one leg made from the cherry tree she grew up playing under - it had a 30+ inch trunk, and I had it sawed when I had to take it down. The other leg will be walnut, her fiance's favorite wood, that he harvested as well.

The tough part there is you have to use a muntin joint if you don't want to rout into the corners, and that joint must be very precise or it will show. So I figure to set up all my cuts on scrap 1st and I'll be measuring as tight as I can.
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. . . The tough part there is you have to use a muntin joint . . .
True, but I'm sure they will think it's worth a mullion dollars.

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