Delta 6" Jointer Restoration and Shaving Extraction Assembly

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Project by DeLayne Peck posted 09-18-2013 10:08 PM 4851 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My bargain Craigslist Delta 6” Jointer came with extras – lots of duct tape residue, splattered stain, and the worst hack and chop cart that ever rolled. I cleaned it up and built a new cart. It came with new blades and worked beautifully. But, what a mess. It threw piles of shaving everywhere. I became curious about the cavity under the blades. Could that cavity be closed up and attached to a shop vac?

So, Gyro Gearloose, began tinkering. A 1/4” piece of fiberboard closed the bottom and is secured by that bolts that hold the jointer on its stand. Pieces of scrap were measured, cut, and glued onto fiberboard base to close both sides of the cavity. A plywood plate was added to reinforced the port for the vacuum hose. A shim was added to the remaining bolt on the out-feed end to level the jointer. Double-back tape held the assembly in place while the jointer was flipped onto its stand and positioned.

Test Run 1: 85.6% of all shavings were collected. (Yes, I counted all 2,643 shavings in the vac versus those on the floor.) Where was the leak? At the top of the wide casting wall, right side. A piece of fiber board double-backed to the outside of the casting filled that gap.

Test Run 2: 99.56 of all shavings were collected!!! (More #&$%@#$ counting.)

Lessons learned: Wear your reading glasses when buying plywood. Fine, red oak ply and scrap dougie fir make an overly expensive cart. Shop vacs work better when there isn’t a shop towel in the hose.

Follow Up: This collector has worked well enough. I have had it jam with shaving when my shopvac plugs or fills. I wanted to save space for drawers under the jointer. A vaccum attached box under the cutter would be a better solution. I may add both drawers and vacuum box at some time. For now this works well enough.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#1 posted 09-19-2013 01:33 AM

Funny story, thanks for sharing : )

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#2 posted 09-21-2013 06:44 PM

I like your solution. Could a lage, sealed box under the machine have worked as well?

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#3 posted 09-23-2013 04:34 AM

I searched this site before building my collector. There are a number solutions. Certainly a large sealed box would work. I saw a sloping box arrangement in one post. My hope was to pull shavings out and still have room to build shelves or drawers for storage under the jointer.

This is tinkering. I used my jointer today and am still getting some throw-out at the top of the chamber on the right side.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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