My father had acquired this old, apparently inoperable, Sprunger jointer when I was much younger. Over the years, I watched it continue to accumulate dust as it sat in the corner, never repaired to be used. My dad kind of got away from any woodworking since that time, but I’ve developed a stronger interest. I have made efforts to “economically” outfit a respectable shop, and in that vain, was able to negotiate this salvageable piece of equipment for my own use. It is a Sprunger Bros, Inc. jointer, model J6N, manufactured in Topeka, IN. I am still trying to understand when it may have been built. The serial number is 55427, which as near as I can tell, seems to indicate it was manufactured sometime in the 60s. If anyone can offer anymore information on it, I’m interested to learn.
At any rate, I thought it might be kind of fun to capture some of my efforts to refurbish this machine. So here is a picture of the machine on my bench before teardown. I am certainly open to comments, information, or other feedback.
-- Patrick, Jacksonville, IL