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So for anyone who has seen this post on Lumberjocks, I appologize, just haven't had a lot of responses, or maybe everyone just agrees with the one.

Ok, so this Delta/Rockwell 6Ē jointer was posted on CL and I thought since I canít buy a new one, this would be a good one to get me going with not a terrible amount of effort to get it at least operating. I haven't finished my table saw projects, but didn't want to pass this up. I believe itís this one, Delta Jointer 6 Inch, but not sure since it doesnít have the info plate attached. If you happen to know the model Iíd appreciate any info you have. All thatís stamped on it is NJ 203 under the wings.

Just looking for some advice on getting it looking good again. I have both a soda and sand blaster, which I havenít actually put to use because I have to put my compressor back together, but would that be the way to go first? What about sanding the whole table, just worried about having something big and flat enough to get the whole thing.

Can anyone tell me whatís missing? Iíll point out the obvious and save you some jokes at my expense :-).
1: Sanity!
2: one table tilt handle
3: Motor and stand
4: Fence, the big one, ones I saw on ebay that looked like they were the correct ones were crazy high. If anyone knows of one that can either be fabricated, or a good way to make one myself to get by, that would be great.

Also, I'll probably be getting a used and abused 4 1/2" small one with motor and stand from someone soon, but it's heavily rusted and will be a good bit of work. I understand the reasonings of X number of dollars for this + X number of dollars for that and so on leading to a new one being a better option. But first, I don't have the money upfront like that, and two, I like bringing old stuff back to life, it just doesn't need to interfere with projects that can make me money.

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How much was it ($$)?
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If you're not worried about being able to tilt the fence, you could easily make one like a router fence. I would face it with plastic laminate. The blasting to get the rust off would be good. That tends to get the rust out of pockets easily without grinding away at the surface. If you decide to sand, I would glue a full length piece of sandpaper to a thick piece of mdf to avoid making hollows. Steel wool would work too, especially on the drum. I wouldn't do much to it for fear of getting it out of balance. It doesn't need to be rust free anyway, it would just look better that way.
You need at least a 1hp 3450 motor. 1.5 hp would be better. I think the drum is meant to spin at 5000 rpm.

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It was 25 bucks. I was pretty happy about it and excited to restore it. But some others have since said to part it out on eBay, I just hate piecing out anything unless it's just too far gone. There is some old Craftsman machinery I found that this guy had posted on CL and included is an old 4 1/2" one. He listed it a long time ago, and a couple since, but said I've been the only one to look at them, and that was yesterday. It's in fine shape, and I imagine he'll let it go really cheap. If I could put a price on them all I'd get a steal. So I'm not sure what to do. Sand/soda blast it and fix it up because I have a 1/2 hp motor, or piece it out on ebay and see how long it takes. There's not a lot of listings for this model, mostly the 4 1/2 and 8", but who knows how long that will take. I'll probably get my money back in the handle alone, but I don't know.
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If anyone can think of a good way to cover the decal and table height indicator while sand blasting please let me know. I have a rivet gun, but have never used it and these are small and I just don't want to screw it up.
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Just take them off most are put on with small drive in rivets, they turn out like a screw the norm, drop a PM , Mike the Ford guy on the forum and I'm sure he will give you some.

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Well, I searched through a lot of Mike's and didn't find Mike the Ford Guy, or anything like that. Maybe I can find some online, I'm assuming I can just search drive in rivets.
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Since you are doing the sandblasting, you can experiment to find what it takes to protect the indicator. I would first try multiple layers of contact paper. Like about 10 or so. What pressure are you going to use? You can always lower your pressure when doing that area.

If there is a sign shop in your area that preps sandblast wood signs, you could beg a smidgen of the rubberized material they use.

Be sure to blast 90 degrees to the surface. The blasting will push the protective material down instead of blowing it off.
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Don't part the machine out. They are easy to restore.
That one is a classic.

It would be great if you were to join OWWM.ORG and post that tool in the Old Woodworking Machines forum.
Pictures posted at vintagemachinery.org would also be welcomed.

EDIT: Parts are available for that machine. A WTB ad on the owwm.org BOYD section is your best bet for parts of vintage machines. E-bay is a LAST RESORT.

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