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Restoring 2001 GeeTech 8" Jointer CT-200 #1: The Beginning....

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 08-09-2015 09:27 PM 1431 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Restoring 2001 GeeTech 8" Jointer CT-200 series Part 2: rust... BE GONE! »

I picked up this jointer for $55 at a live in person auction. No one else wanted it much because it came in pieces (many probably did not even know it was a jointer) as you can see below. What I found odd, was there were no handwheel components and misc items just simply….gone. Who takes apart a jointer? And why removed components? Mystery unsolved.

I “thought” easy replacements parts from eReplacement website. Not the case. I contacted Loma Tools, where after internet research, were the last GeeTech distributors in the USA. They put me in contact with Oliver Machinery. I still do not understand the relationship between GeeTech, Loma Tools, and Oliver Machinery. Something about a single person having good contacts with the Taiwan manufacturing industry for replacement parts. Due to summer events going on, Judy at Oliver machinery had events (show & tell at conventions). So the parts would be slow coming. After 2 months, the parts arrived. Eh…about $120 in parts and $100 shipping (I am sure there were some profit margins in place so did not make a fuss). I had to get the cutter guard and 1 hand wheel, for example. The parts arrived this week. So now ready to begin.
I de-constructed my Rigid 13” Planer / 6” Rockwell Delta jointer fliptop mobile carcass and reused the bottom frame for this jointer’s mobile cart.

and now… everyone’s favorite… Rust Removal time!! whoopie! I have not figured out how to remove this extensive of rust on a 32” x 8” piece of iron. Either make dams or flip it upside down and let soak in the EvapoRust like I did with my Jet 15” planer beds.
I’ll start this restoration project today or tomorrow. I’m just glad to have upgraded from my dinky 6” jointer which has served me well, to 32” long infeed and outfeed tables and an easier dependable fence system.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"



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GreaseMonkey2275

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#1 posted 08-09-2015 09:48 PM

I wish I had the same luck as you when it comes to finding these gems; a little work from the Evaporust and some elbow grease and she’ll be up an running in no time. Nice find!

-- Jake

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Holbs

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#2 posted 08-09-2015 10:24 PM

been looking up using utility blades to get the ghist of rust off, then evaporust/sandpaper afterwards. Just returned my 24” whole house fan (wrong size…1300 square feet required does not mean the house, but attic space!) and picked up some fancy looking dewalt “carbide” utility blades to see how they hold up

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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TheFridge

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#3 posted 08-09-2015 11:19 PM

Spend 10$ on a 50 or 100 pack of plain razor blades. They work like a champ.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Holbs

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#4 posted 08-09-2015 11:20 PM

I was unsure how many to get, so bought 5 pack to start with.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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Tim

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#5 posted 08-09-2015 11:35 PM

Apparently this works well: spread regular wood glue on the surface. Let it cure, then peel it off and a lot of the rust will come with it. Apparently it’s nearly magical. Even if it’s not it will save you some time with scraping.

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Holbs

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#6 posted 08-09-2015 11:36 PM

glue? hmm.. i might try that on a 6”x6” square area to see what happens.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 08-09-2015 11:40 PM

You will have that thing gleaming and humming in no time. You are the master restorer but I have rehabbed some nasty bandsaw tables by wet sanding with WD40 and my ROS.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Holbs

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#8 posted 08-09-2015 11:42 PM

I did the ROS a tad on my Jet 15” planer rust removal. Kinda skittish about doing it again as I made a mistaken swirl mark at one spot. It will be my last resort if elbow & grease wears me out. You know…cause I’m old :)

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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BobAnderton

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#9 posted 08-09-2015 11:46 PM

For flat cast iron surfaces like this I use either WD-40 or Boeshield T-9 as the lubricant with wet-dry silicon carbide sandpaper. Use a random orbit sander or a buffer or something powered and it works great. You can fix pretty heavy rust this way. Wear an old shirt cause it’ll be a little less pretty after this.

Edit, I see now that this is the same thing gfadvm said. Should carry more weight coming from somebody who’s been around the block more times than me.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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Holbs

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#10 posted 08-09-2015 11:48 PM

was going to pick up some boeshield t-9, but the stuff is dang spendy for the little amount you get (16oz for $30 I think?). I’m sure it’s worth every drop, but when the wallet is evaporating…. gotta do what you can only afford

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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waho6o9

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#11 posted 08-10-2015 12:22 AM

http://www.theruststore.com/Sandflex-Rust-Eraser-Coarse-P7.aspx

Klingspor makes a nice product called Sandflex, I like the coarse cause

it works well.

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BobAnderton

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#12 posted 08-10-2015 01:32 AM

Yeah, using Boeshield as a sanding lubricant is kind of wasteful, as you wipe most of it off, but the nice thing is after you wipe if off you’re done with protection. If you use WD-40 or something you will want to clean that off with mineral spirits or something and then apply the Boeshield. Amazon’s got Boeshield $18 for 12oz aerosol.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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UpstateNYdude

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#13 posted 10-17-2015 06:21 PM

Holbs,

Someone on here told me Boeshield is essentially equal parts mineral spirits and paraffin wax I believe I looked up how to make it awhile back but I don’t remember the link I’ll see if I can find it it comes out to like $20 a gallon or something making your own.

-- Nick, "Choking to death on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover." - JG

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Polishcannon

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#14 posted 06-05-2016 11:35 AM

Thanks for sharing your story.

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