DIY Jointer from electric planer parts #1: DIY jointer on a low budget

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Blog entry by OmarN posted 03-23-2015 10:51 PM 2055 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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For the past year and a half I’ve been doing some woodworking over the weekends. Little by little I’ve brought more and more tools for the shop, and I think the jointer is the next one on the list.

So far I’ve made do with wood that’s not perfectly square, by using tricks learned on Izzy Swan’s youtube channel, like this one. Or using a router as a jointer. They’re both fine methods, but ever since I saw “Mathias Wandel’s 12 jointer, Armand's build, and FreddyS's build I decided to make my own jointer. I’ve only got limited experience in woodworking, but I feel that given the tools I now have, this wooden machine will be a great challenge.

Since I don’t have the budget to buy a planer to strip it down only for a few parts, nor do I want to throw away all the remaining parts, I decided I’d build a very small jointer from the parts of a 3 1/4 power planer, kind of like FreddyS did. I found out a know mexican brand publishes their machine schematics online, and decided to order just the right spare parts:

I made the order today and I’m very excited about this. I already want to get them.

-- jomarnavarro - You better watch your wood.

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#1 posted 03-24-2015 03:20 AM

Hi Omar! Ordering just the proper parts is a good start ;) btw. where did you place the order? the info may be handy for new projects.

And one comment, I saw Armand build, his jointer box is build from 2×4 pine it seems, while easier to build it may go out of alignment if the wood expands or twists even a little so my advice would be to make all the wooden parts from plywood gluing sandwiched boards together, more work for sure but way more stable too.

Good luck with the build.


-- Learning one thing at a time

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#2 posted 03-24-2015 05:09 AM

Thanks for the tips on the boards. Ill get good plywood for this build. Hard wood, if anything.

I got the parts from Truper. If they’re not the highest quality, at least they’re not too inquiring about me buying spare parts not being an authorized dealer. I thought of buying a cheap black and decker planer so i may put it back together once I Was done with the project, but I figured I’d spend a third part in just the needed parts.

If everything goes right, I’ll go ahead and buy the 12”planer parts. But I guess 3 1/4” are quite enough for me.

Now, the next thing is choosing the motor. I reckon 1/3 hp should be fine, but the price difference with a 1 hp is not too big, and I can use a bigger motor for other applications. What do you think?

-- jomarnavarro - You better watch your wood.

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#3 posted 03-24-2015 11:09 PM

If you want to get real inventive with the motor you could look for an old washing machine and scavenge that motor. A lot of them have 1 hp motors and can run both AC and DC.

-- --Zach

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