I haven’t been hitting this restore with my usual vigor. I’ve been dogged by my back issues, so even these smallish tools evoke much morphine use. such is life.
here is the drill in it’s new state, no noticeable runout, smooth and quiet.
The jointer is another story. This machine was stored in a basement that flooded(often), and hadn’t been so much as dusted off in 11 years. On top of that, once I had it dissasembled and started sanding down the rust, I could see that someone had used this machine as an anvil for a bit. Leaving dents in the table, and a deformation of the cutterhead. The only good news was it was all repairable or cosmetic, not a show stopper.
There were some good surprises, the blades are brand new, and good quality, and the bearings had no noticeable wear, I would say this machine has seen less than 30 hours runtime in it’s whole life.
Before and after of the cutterhead, the damage repaired.
One thing that has really caught my attention on this machine is the quality of the iron, this is not the cast iron you buy on a machine today. this stuff is amazing, so fine, and still so true after all this time and misuse. A testament to how well things can be done if we try.
So, with only one Broken knob, this machine is good to go, just paint touch-ups and reassembly.
Some people would say it is not a restoration without being as the day it was new, and I agree. In this case I am settling for a rejuvenation, This Iron should be good for another lifetime of service.
-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.