A few years ago I picked up an old Powermatic model 50 6” jointer. The jointer was cosmetically in very bad shape; The cutter head was very rusty, the base was pitted through with rust and, the table had a very thick coating of over spray (not sure what it was but thankful it was there as it protected the raw metal). The jointer sat in my garage for six months before I decided to restore it. I thought I would share some of the pictures of the restoration.
I have a access to a bunch of machine tools and finishing processes which allowed me to bead blast just about everything and apply a parkerized finish to the hardware. Because the cabinet was rusted through, I bought a new cabinet from a warehouse for a model 54A. The new cabinet was painted the newer Powermatic gold color which helped me decide to paint the model 50 that color as well.
I had to do some modifications to the cabinet to make it work. After reassembling the jointer here is the finished product.
I installed a new set of solid carbide knives and have run probably if I had to guess, 100 or so board feet of American Cherry across them. I am very pleased with the out come.
Here is a link to all of the restoration pictures: Enjoy
If you flip through my projects folder, you will see other projects I have embarked upon. I am currently remodeling my shop and will post pictures soon.
-- "if you can't set a good example, at least serve as a horrible warning"