Jointer Restoration #2: Some rust removal progress! (lots of pictures)

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Blog entry by HokieMojo posted 09-21-2010 05:01 AM 7387 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This past weekend my wife was nice enough to forgo her own hobby to watch our daughter and I got about 8 hours in the garage to work. I’m desperate to get as much done on my jointer as possible because as you can see, it is completely stealing my wife’s parking spot (but it is shinier than the car!).

I’m going to try and explain the processes I went through while providing before and after. Sorry the shots aren’t from a consistent angle. I didn’t really plan that part out too well, but hopefully you guys still find this useful.

The fence
To clean the fence, I detached all the hardware. Then I gave it a spray wil diluted phosphoric acid (I diluted a product made by T-9). While wearing gloves, glasses, and working outside, I scrubbed the surface with 300 grit wet/dry sandpaper. It didn’t take very long to get through the rust. Once it was done, I wiped it off, and gave it a quick spray with WD-40 and a clean sheet of 300 grit. Finally, I wiped that off and applied some T-9 Boeshield.

The table attachments
The table attachments were small enough to fit in 1 gallon of evaporust so I did that. It got a similar treatments, but a little different. After the soak, I wipe it off, then spray it with WD-40 to get the solution I couldn’t get with a paper towel. Wipe off the WD-40 and then a spray with boeshield to protect it.

The cutter head and parts
These all got the evaporust treatment. Afterward I sprayed it with WD-40 so that it doesn’t re-rust. I will need to get the bearings off to replace them. Just a note for others. I was reading on that no bearings should be used for more than 10 years without maintenance or replacement (as appropriate). I might need some help from you guys to get the bearings swapped out though. The blades will get a sharpening at a later date.

The jointer bed
This is a tough one for me. You can probably see a little rust returned. I think I might have left the top exposed too long before protecting it (i think the acid solution might have been a bit too dilute and might have to get redone). Overall, its still pretty good. I did the same thing that I did with the fence above.

Left to do
Redo the one side of the bed that has some rerusting
I need to work on replacing the motor bearings.
All the small parts and hardware need a fresh coat of paint to prevent future rust
Derust these parts (if I can figure out how to disassemble them)

Go through the setup process to assemble it and tune it.
Attach a dust collection shroud to the discharge chute

Still a long way to go, but I think I can be done in the next couple of months. So many competing priorities. What do you guys think? Any suggestions going forward? Has this been helpful so far? I hope you are enjoying these posts.

10 comments so far

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#1 posted 09-21-2010 05:16 AM

Nice work so far, keep on picking away at it and you will be done in no time..

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#2 posted 09-21-2010 05:16 AM

Nice progress on the jointer.

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#3 posted 09-21-2010 05:21 AM

Its small enough to be mobile, but big enough to face joint most boards that I’m able to get access to. It is an 8” grizzly. Probably about 15 yrs old. Patience to find a good deal on craigslist, and then the ability to act quick when it FINALLY becomes available, was the key.

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#4 posted 09-21-2010 05:22 AM

Thanks for documenting, its always good to see different ways to restore old equipment and very helpful for those of us who are looking to do such projects. I just picked up an older rockwell drill press (model 11-280 and in better condition then the jointer) and gave it a light scrub with wd-40 and a scotch-brite pad but overall I think your results are much better. I may try the evaporust and sandpaper deal.

-- Tampa-FL

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#5 posted 09-21-2010 05:31 AM

Wow, you did a great job, now I should be able to tackle my rusty cast iron dutch ovens….

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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#6 posted 09-21-2010 07:03 AM

This is really helpful!
You are doing a great job, looking forward to see her gleaming and humming along

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#7 posted 09-21-2010 07:38 PM

Looking good



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#8 posted 10-07-2010 06:02 AM

Wow, this seems somewhat familiar. I wonder why. Watch my blog and I’ll watch yours.

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#9 posted 02-10-2011 06:04 AM

Hi Hokie, nice blog :) Any progress? Are you planning to clean out the motor and change out the bearings in there at all? I would love to see how that goes as I am fixing to tackle one myself…

-- Tampa-FL

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#10 posted 02-10-2011 04:15 PM

Thanks for the compliment. I’m alternating between fixing this jointer and a RAS. Right now, I’m back to focusing on the RAS (new post will be up in a few days on that one). I’m not sure if I’ll try and replace the motor bearings. I’m definitely going to do the bearings on the cutterhead (I figure after soaking the head in evaporust, the detergent probably wrecked any grease in there). Hopefully I’ll get back to making progress again soon, but work on the jointer takes up less floor space than the radial arm saw because there are less parts so I’m trying to get that done first. Hopefully I’ll have something to post soon.

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