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103.23900 Jointer #1: "Free" 103.23900 Craftsman Jointer

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Blog entry by B4B posted 09-21-2014 08:27 PM 4162 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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You’ve probably heard the saying, “There’s no such thing as a free puppy”. In this case my “free puppy” is an older 6” craftsman jointer someone posted on Craigslist. I guess they were moving and didn’t have the time or desire to take it with them.

Here’s the catch, it was partially dis-assembled. I don’t really know why, since it’s in overall good shape, with some minor surface rust.

Here’s a picture of it from when I got it home:

It’s just sitting on the mobile stand (it’s not actually bolted) and the out feed table is just resting on the base of the jointer (again no bolts).

I spent about 45-minutes or so sanding the rust off the top that night and it cleaned up pretty well. Washed off the WD-40 with mineral spirits and coated it with a lubricant and sealer to prevent rust.

Picture of fence and outfeed table on the ground:

I Took a look at the manual and took inventory of what was there and what was missing, and what needed replacing.

Missing parts:
- Nuts, washers, and a couple of bolts. I picked these up today, and was just under $10 at the hardware store.
- Blade Guard: I’m not sure what I’m going to do here, I want something to keep my hand or any foreign objects from hitting the blade

Questionable:
- The manual calls for a 3450 or 4400 rpm 3/4 HP motor. It looks to have been used with a 1/3 HP 1750 RPM motor with a larger 4” pully on the end (the manual calls for a 2”). So I’m debating whether or not to swap the motor with the one from my 4” jointer (3450 RPM) which I’ll sell once I get this one up and running.

- Blades look to be a bit rusty, but a few test passes with some wood seems to indicate they are sharper than they appear. I may see if I can get them sharpened and order an extra set.

The awesome:
- It came with a green (Harbor freight) link belt.

Today, the first real inspection:

I lubed up some of the moving parts with some dry-lube and that helped free up the adjustment mechanism a bit, it wasn’t bad before, but now it’s really smooth. I figured if it was already partially dis-assembled I might as well try.

After a quick trip to the local hardware store, I spent some time today re-assembling the jointer.

I assembled everything, and got the tables roughly co-planar (I really need a longer straight edge to do this) and ran a scrap piece of poplar though it. The blades seemed sharp(er) than I though, and the whole thing ran very smoothly.

Now I know I’m good and the free puppy runs without any major mechanical concerns.

Current State:

Electrical:
It was wired with some 12 gauge flexible cord, which is good, but I didn’t like the rust and sawdust in the electrical box. I also don’t like the household switch, so I pulled all that apart.

Paint/rust:
As I mentioned earlier, the whole unit is in pretty good shape with some minor surface rust.

What’s next:
- Order a new switch
- Swap out the motor (either a rebuilt or with the one from my current jointer)
- Order new blades
- Get the existing blades sharpened
- Clean up the rust, and carefully re-paint the body, stand.
- Enjoy my “free puppy”.

What I’ve spent:
$8.11 for nuts, bolts, and washers ( I still need to get 4 nuts and 1 more bolt, probably another $1).

My next move, when I have time:
- Order a new paddle switch – estimate up to $20 +tax
- Carefully dis-assemble and remove as much rust as I can, wire brush & evaporarust sounds like a good option
- Prime & paint

-- There's two routers in my vocab, one that moves data and one that removes wood, the latter being more relevant on this forum.



8 comments so far

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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 09-21-2014 09:01 PM

Hmmmm, just 14 days here and ALREADY you’re posting a tool gloat… and for FREE?

Ok then, if you been here 14 days, you SURELY have been lurking for longer than that. so you know what I mean when I give you the first big

YOU SUCK !

Oh, and WELCOME to LJs!

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B4B

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#2 posted 09-21-2014 09:05 PM

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/63992

-- There's two routers in my vocab, one that moves data and one that removes wood, the latter being more relevant on this forum.

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JoeinGa

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#3 posted 09-21-2014 09:20 PM

Oh wait… I already gave you that???

Well, in that case I rescind this one! LOL

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B4B

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#4 posted 09-22-2014 12:22 AM

It’d be really cool if the forum had a “you suck” tag to see.who has found the most deals.

I’m using this blog to chronicle the resurrection of this free puppy.

-- There's two routers in my vocab, one that moves data and one that removes wood, the latter being more relevant on this forum.

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#5 posted 09-22-2014 12:26 AM

Awesome at this price and amount of work, congrats

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 09-23-2014 08:48 PM

are you planning on a cover for the belt?

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#7 posted 09-23-2014 08:56 PM

HokieMojo,

Is there a significant safety issue with the exposed belt? It seems pretty out of the way. (asking because I just bought a 1965 Davis Wells with an exposed belt).

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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B4B

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#8 posted 09-24-2014 01:58 AM

On my craftsman the belt is on the back which will likely be towards a wall. If it is an issue I could build some sort of backing or enclosure for it.

Any thoughts on the motor? Is 1/3 hp.enough, the book suggests 3/4.

Its geard up for ~4000 rpm on a 1700 rpm motor.

-- There's two routers in my vocab, one that moves data and one that removes wood, the latter being more relevant on this forum.

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