A more experienced woodworking friend is pushing me in deeper and showed me how to go from rough to square lumber using a jointer and planer. So after some trolling on craigslist I found one in a town about an hour and a half away. 75 bucks for a 6in craftsman jointer. The manual that came with it has a copy-wright date of 1965, so it is roughly that old.
After some work and guidance with the friend that helped further my addiction i was able to clean the table and fence up into a pretty acceptable state. some small dark pitted areas still remain and probably always will, but they aren’t too deep when you run your hand across them.
All it needs now is a new set of blades and I am in business!
-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.