103.23900 Jointer #2: Together again

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Blog entry by B4B posted 10-02-2014 04:30 AM 1964 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: "Free" 103.23900 Craftsman Jointer Part 2 of 103.23900 Jointer series Part 3: Resetting the knives »

I finally got back to this today. I already picked up some nuts and bolts. I bolted the whole thing back together. I also ordered a Grizzly H8243 paddle switch for it which came in today.

Total parts cost is nearing $35, and I’m not quite done yet.

I got the tables aligned so they are coplanar, and passed the paper test (no feeler gauges, just a sheet of paper).

For those wondering, there are three height adjustment “screws” on the outfeed table. Two near the cutterhead in the corners, and one at the end, in the middle back edge of the table. Getting them aligned wasn’t difficult, just time consuming, especially when I’m on my knees trying to reach under the bed to adjust these awkwardly placed adjustment screws.

I tried to use the 3/4 HP motor from my other jointer but that motor ground to a halt after installing it. So it’s back to the 1/3 HP motor it came with.

I put the belt back on, bolted the jointer to the stand, wired in the new switch (still need to attach it to the frame) and fired it up. I grabbed a piece of 2×4 material I had kicking around and . . .




The 2×4 hit the edge of the outfeed table. Doh!

Looks like I need to pull the gibb screws and adjust the knives so they are at the right height for the table, or adjust the cutterhead assembly up about 1/16th-ish of an inch.

So it’s back to the hardware store to pickup 6 magnets to build a knife setting jig. The knives are somewhat rusty, but they seem to be sharp. I’ll probably order a new set and see if I can’t send these out for sharpening. I may try to use electrolysis to remove the rust.

BTW, it looks like the stand I have was built for a rockwell jointer, and would have come with a belt cover (I saw one for sale on CL recently). So that’s also on my list of to-dos.

Next up,
- Knife setting jig
- New knives.

Question for anyone watching this about motors.

Is a 1/3 HP motor plenty of power for a 6” jointer, or should I go with a 3/4? The original manual suggests that a 3/4 HP motor would work best. I may very well use the full capacity to face joint wood that I’m working on. Right now I have some hard maple just begging to be turned into something that I need to face joint.

If I do buy new, I may do some horse trading. Buy a new motor for the tablesaw, take the 1 HP from the TS and move it to the jointer. Take the one from the jointer and hold onto it, just in case.

I’m contemplating a new 1.5 or 2 HP motor for my table saw (70’s craftsman contractor) for just a few $$ more than a 3/4 HP motor. If I’m going to upgrade, I might as well upgrade.

For the jointer, is 1 HP overkill, is 1/3 going to work, should I just stick to a 3/4?

For the TS, I’ve seen folks add up to 1.5 to 2 HP motors, so I think I’m ok there, but any thoughts? This is likely going to be the only TS I’ll have for the time being, so I need to make it work. I’m not seeing any slowdowns, I have a 20 tooth blade for cutting 8/4 maple and it does a reasonable job. A little more HP couldn’t hurt (or could it?).

Thanks for watching!

-- 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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#1 posted 10-02-2014 07:00 AM

I think your pictures and video have gone on holidays !!

Or maybe the dog ate them !!

-- Regards Robert

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