Jointer Refurbish #3: Basically Finished

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Blog entry by PTIII posted 02-10-2012 03:58 AM 7846 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, so this blog has not turned out as interesting as I had hoped. There’s just not that much exciting about degreasing, “polishing”, and painting. I suppose I expected more hurdles along the way, however I’d say that all-in-all I got pretty lucky by having a pretty solid machine to begin with.

Here are some pictures of the “final” product. My only real hesitation is that now I need to figure something out for the stand. I have plenty of options, I just need to decide which path to take.

If I may, as I’ve said before, I’m afraid these pictures don’t quite do this machine justice. They make it look like the fence is still rusty, but I assure you that quite a bit of effort has gone into making the bed tops and fence shine. You can kind of see the reflection of the cutterhead guard in the fence.

As always, your questions and feedback are welcome. Thanks again for looking.

-- Patrick, Jacksonville, IL

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#1 posted 02-10-2012 04:07 AM

I have an extra stand. I’ll even let you come over to my shop to use YOUR jointer!

It’s great to see “old Iron” brought back to life. Great job!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 02-10-2012 04:08 AM

Looks great from here. Very nice looking machine.

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#3 posted 02-10-2012 04:16 AM

Fabulous job. Keep going with the blog progress!

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#4 posted 02-10-2012 10:05 AM

Nice job man.
I have a restoration project that I need to get back to.
This wonderful machine makes me want to start working on it again.
Some day I hope to have a working machine again.
I also hope it turns out half as nice as your jointer.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#5 posted 02-10-2012 01:45 PM

I appreciate how much time and effort goes into refurbing those old machines, im almost at the point of putting some paint on my rockwell 37-220 that im refurbishing. Youve done a great job on this one. Im sure like myself, you cant wait to hear it fire up and toss some shavings.

What did you use to polish those plates? Mine are pretty shabby looking.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#6 posted 09-09-2018 08:40 PM

Sorry to resurrect the dead (in terms of the age of this), but last weekend, I came into possession of one of these jointers (as well as a Sprunger 9” table saw and a “Buffalo” drill press) that all belonged to my great grandfather. Any tips you have for me in terms of refurbishing this beast would be greatly appreciated. Yours looks fantastic. Great job!

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#7 posted 09-09-2018 09:47 PM

Wow! I’ve about forgotten about this project. It was fun one, but since this project I found my way to a new home with less project space, so this jointer had to its way to a new home.

Some basics from this overhaul:

I used some ScotchBrite pads to clean up the rust on the bed and fence. Every now and then a shot of brake cleaner to help move things along. I didn’t want to use anything to abrasive for fear of messing with the flatness of the bed.

I used a wire wheel chucked up in a drill to clean up the old paint on the cast body. After cleaning everything thoroughly, the hammered finish paint by Rustoleum offers a little more of a vintage look.

Replacement bearings for the cutterhead were easily found online. They were standard bearings available from many sources. Not necessary to purchase from OEM. Just collect a few measurements, and a replacement can be found readily.

Nothing complicated really. But nothing quick and easy. Just some time and patience.

Thanks for looking.

-- Patrick, Jacksonville, IL

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