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post #1 of 13 Old 09-01-2012, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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well been a while since ive posted, busy season at work has kept me out of the shop, but i thought id share some pics of the progress.
ive found out according to the serial number its a 1953 model, the 1hp motor seems very stout yet, arbor, etc. are tight and right so hopefully she will do another 59 years without issue.
i cleaned the top up, i left one wing off due to the fact it had even more "character" then the rest of my top, plus the table board i already made to work with the T-2 worked out perfectly without that wing.
i also used some rust oleum machine gray to freshen up the Cabinet some after sanding down all the misc. paint splatters on it from over the years.
as you can see i have my home made dust collection blade gaurd set up on it, but i still need to figure out what to do for collection under the blade, as well as make a side cover for the motor.
i still have a few things to get for it, a lock knob for the height adjustment (the bevel lock is intact) and its getting time to put some new belts on her.
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forgot a before pic

oops forgot to include a before pic
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Hi!
Really nice job on a really, really nice machine.
Global warming will finish us off long before that arn breathes it's last !
Good luck!
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Nice job! I like the arm over the blade dust collector. Which fence/rail system did you go with?
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Its got the delta T-2 fence on it. i thought about keeping the original jet lock fence on it, but its rails as well as the fence are in fairly rough shape
I still have bugs with the spring lift assist on the overarm dust blade guard, but so far i am loving having on there even just having to put it to up or down to clear the stock for now. its from the shop notes plans, i like how the wood portion of it is designed to follow the contour of the blade than has a contoured pathway to the nozel, where as far as ive seen the manufactured setups just have an open area above the blade that's quite a bit wider.
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Beautiful restoration.

That saw looks exactly like mine.

How did you determine the mfr date of your saw?

I'd like to build that DC setup for mine. What issue of shop notes was it in?

Got plans? :)

When I die, I want to go peacefully like my grandfather did in his
sleep. Not yelling and screaming like the passengers in his car.

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i found my saw's age by the serial number here

http://wiki.vintagemachinery.org/Del...alNumbers.ashx
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Just like the one I used in high school shop in 1955. Thank you for giving a classic the TLC it deserves.

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I have the same saw. Mine is a 51. Could you take a close up of your blade guard system. I have been looking for a better way to pick up sawdust off the top of the machine.

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Great job on a great saw. I have a 1946, and love it.
A big safety improvement, is to replace the orig switch, with a paddle switch, and mount it under the left end of the fence rail, so your knee pushes it to shut off. It's nice to make a cut, and have your knee shut the saw off, as soon as the wood clears the blade.
Again, nice job!
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i've been thinking of doing that, but leaving the original in place as a "dummy" switch just for that cool retro look it has
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i've been thinking of doing that, but leaving the original in place as a "dummy" switch just for that cool retro look it has
I gave up the retro look, for $75 that I sold the switch for, and bought more stuff for the shop.
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Real nice job on the saw. Mine is relatively new "82", I bought mine used and it was definetly abused. The top has some deep scraches I had to replace entire saddle and arbor, cost about $250. I have the 32 unifence. I still love the saw. Maybe some day I'll do it up like yours.

Good luck with your new old Delta.
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