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Delta Manufacturing Co.
Milwaukee, WI; Jackson, TN
Crescent Machine Co.
Wood Working Machinery
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3/15/2007 4:51:52 PM
The proverbial "one that got away..." Details to follow.
My thanks, once again, to Keith Rucker for helping me to crop these photos.
A transitional jointer, probably made in Leetonia, Ohio, (see Keith Rucker's excellent Crescent history write-up). This single phase machine has many of the Crescent 'light-duty' jointer features, including inverted V tableways, no table lock knobs, drilled and tapped mounting holes for the optional motorized knife grinding and honing attachment, and the four knife 'safety cutterhead'.
Within a few years Delta had done away with the four knife cutterhead, completely changed the fence adjustment mechanism, lengthened and narrowed both infeed and outfeed tables (from 30" x 9 & 3/4" to 33" x 9"), added dovetail and gib tableways, lock knobs, and the familiar three spoke handwheels.
Curiously, even after Rockwell closed the Leetonia factory in 1952, these model 37-301 jointers were still being made and badged 'Delta Milwaukee Crescent' in the new Bellefountaine factory as late as 1954 - check out serial number 112-3057 submitted onto the Photo Index by Steve Goeke.
Overall shot of jointer
Detail showing inverted V tableways (upper left), and original chromed handwheel
Detail of original fence adjusting mechanism
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