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Well if you WAIT long enough, things happen. This was was Grandfathers jointer. He died in 1976. The jointer went to my Uncle, he died in 2001, it went to his son. Sadly he is diagnosed with cancer (3 – 6 months). He knew I always wanted it ! I was able to remove the RUST (No one ever used it since Grandpa, they always thought they might ONE DAY. I removed the 1/3 hp motor, belt, fence. Cleaned the top and then remembered I need “before & after” pics . If you notice this was made from channel iron. The in-feed table has been machined to 1/32” lower than back table. THATS it for adjustments.NONE !!!!One cutting depth only ! I guess whatever it took to remove saw cut marks back then !
Kind of matches the table saw he made using ARBOR , No adjustments up-down. Fence was C-clamped to table.
Grandpa DID have all his fingers, Uncles all had there digits as well.
The jointer did work. The day I picked it up I plugged it in and run it, took a small board and pushed it through.
I am scrapping the wooden stand, hopefully make a metal one. Thinking of using this for rough lumber only. Price was right. “WAIT 36 years and NO CASH INVOLVED !”

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#1 posted 805 days ago

That is actually really cool! A lot of the small projects I make, well I usually only take small depths off with multiple passes anyways. I think that could be useful for a lot more than just rough lumber, if the knives are adjusted to the table properly.

I love seeing inexpensive home grown tools like this!

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#2 posted 805 days ago

It’s pretty cool.. but seriously dangerous looking!

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#3 posted 805 days ago

It should work well for you as long as you know it is 1/32 per pass. I would make a fence for it to square up pieces as well. Nice heirloom tool . The only thing I can see a a problem is making sure the cutter cuts even with the outfeed table. That is a key adjustment with a jointer. Does it have an adjustment under the table to raise or lower the cutter head?


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#4 posted 805 days ago

A family heirloom that will keep on giving.

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#5 posted 805 days ago

Jim. I am guessing he aligned each blade . My 6” jointer the rear table does not adjust and that is what I do when changing the knives. There is a fence, I removed it to polish and shine the top. Never put it back on for the “Photo OPP”

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#6 posted 805 days ago

very nice heirloom
lot’s of good memories here

if one wanted to do something similar
i would think a piece of formica
glued to the outfeed side
would save having the table notched

and one of those segmented cutter-heads
with shims under the pillow blocks
to bring it to flush to the outfeed table would work real nice

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#7 posted 804 days ago

WOW…....... he made that out of a piece of channel iron. Awsome creativity. I am glad it stayed in the family.

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#8 posted 804 days ago

I am guessing the fence is mounted on the left side of the table because of the direction the blade guard
swings. This would tend to cover the driven pulley and make the entire arrangement just as safe as any new
machine. Very simple, and should be very useful doing what it was designed to do. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 803 days ago

Well, if there are no adjustments, there’s nothing to get out of adjustment, so it’s got that going for it.

Was your grandfather left handed? This sure looks like a lefty model to me.

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#11 posted 803 days ago

I would have never thought of LEFT handed machine. Makes sense though ! Good Eye.

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