Small gloat on a craftsman jointer

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Blog entry by Chase posted 03-11-2010 03:53 AM 2860 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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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.

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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.

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#1 posted 03-11-2010 04:09 AM

Nice! What HP is the motor or did it not come with one? I have been looking around for a nice older “bench top” sized jointer.

-- Drew, Delaware

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#2 posted 03-11-2010 04:14 AM

1/2 Hp. You can sort of see it down at the bottom of the first picture.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#3 posted 03-11-2010 04:44 AM

Beautiful job…...I got my jointer off CL too.
A little elbow grease and you are in business. You have also gained intimate knowledge of your machine.

-- Michael, South Florida,

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#4 posted 03-11-2010 04:53 AM

Hi Chase,

Nice find. I too found a nice Craftsman older model 6” jointer in mint condition. Mine’s all cast and came with the manufacturers stand. I also got a hands on tutorial from the previous owner. This thing is razor sharp and breezes right through the hardwoods I’ve run through it. I paid $125.00 for mine. Craigslist is my friend!

Good luck with it


-- Kenny... The man who needs a tool he doesn't have is already paying for it.

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#5 posted 03-11-2010 05:15 AM

nice find Chase!!!!

-- I could quit if I wanted

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#6 posted 03-11-2010 05:23 AM

I see a lot of those jointers on CL for anywhere from $50.00 to $200.00 asking price. The $200.00 guys eventually go down to around $125.00 before the jointer disappears off the listings…

Looks like a good solid machine. Not sure I would call that big hunk of cast iron “bench top” though…

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#7 posted 03-11-2010 05:37 AM

Hey Chase,
Great find on Craigslist. I picked up a used Ridgid jointer in the tampa bay area from craigslist for a real good price. Have fun dimensioning lumber.

-- Tim, Plant City FL

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#8 posted 03-11-2010 06:26 AM

Nice find. I got a little newer one recently on craigslist though with a bit of rest. Enjoy your new toy.

-- Russ

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#9 posted 03-11-2010 04:18 PM

Nice job cleaning it up. I found one at a garage sale for a $100. and got them down to 80. it must weigh in at 80-100 lbs. I’ve spent several hours adjusting the knives and in feed table and got it well pretty close to perfect. It has a non adjustable out feed table or bed (which is it I don’t know) which I like. Mine needs either new knives or these ones sharpened. Only one place here that can sharpen them and I don’t know how good a job I might get. I sure enjoy having a jointer in the shop makes it easy to square up stock. I still use my router table to clean up short pieces.

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#10 posted 04-24-2010 02:17 AM

Nice job Chase! I just got the exact same jointer from a guy on craigslist. I cant figure out how to adjust the infeed table. it tilts down towards the outfeed table. Any advice would be great!!

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#11 posted 04-24-2010 02:15 PM

I messed with mine for a bit woodsmith, and i am not sure what you would need to do. I havent taken it completely apart yet. the infeed on mine definitely moves up and down as a unit, no tilt. try unscrewing the infeed adjust to see if it comes out. maybe that will help you get it apart.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#12 posted 04-24-2010 08:46 PM

thanks, I think I got it. There are 2 bolt heads (3/4”) just to the right of the blades (from the front). they seemed to do the trick some what. trial and error I guess.

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#13 posted 11-03-2010 10:45 PM

I have a Craftsman Model #113.20021 that looks very similar to this. Might you have gotten a manuel for this unit by now? I am trying to refurbish mine and need a little help on adjustments. My unit came with 3 set of blades! Still need a set? They have been used slightly but they can be re-sharpened.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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