Jointer/Planer Restored

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Blog entry by hjt posted 03-29-2011 06:16 AM 4663 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As you know from reading my profile, most of my tools came from my family after our father’s death. Slowly I have been restoring them.

Here is a 4 1/8” Sears Jointer/Planer. As you can see in the first photo, there’s lots of rust on it. The fence is not true; and dad re-engineered the switch.

Ah, much better!

Evapo Rust (and beer) came to the rescue again. (You might want to look at my review of this product – it works great.)

Back in 2009, Home Depot had a magazine from Wood Magazine titled “Best Ever Home Shop Ideas. In it, they showed a Bench Tool System that housed multiple bench tools in an 8 square foot area. They achieved this by swapping out table tops. Each top housed a bench tool. Already having a leftover cabinet and two cabinet doors, I began to build my first unit. I plan to use the other door to mount a vice. Later I will make other tops for my grinder and my drill bit sharpener. When not in use, these tools will simply sit in a slip.

The Cabinet

The Door

Supports on the bottom of the door – these slip down into the opening at the top of the cabinet.

Ready to make saw dust…or chips in this case!

-- Harold

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#1 posted 03-29-2011 06:19 AM

Looks a lot better . I hope it works great for you.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 03-29-2011 06:22 AM

It works well. I just have to hone my skills with it.

-- Harold

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#3 posted 03-29-2011 08:59 AM

Hey Harold,
Good resto…well done.

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#4 posted 03-29-2011 04:23 PM


Nice cleanup on the jointer/planer.

Question: Where does the jointer/planer discharge the chips when mounted on a solid countertop?

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#5 posted 03-29-2011 05:50 PM

Nice rehab. How many beers did it take to finish?

-- I could quit if I wanted

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#6 posted 03-29-2011 06:33 PM

Just an observation: where you’ve placed the jointer, you’ll have to reach over most of the cabinet to use it. Would it be better to mount the front of the jointer nearer to the left side, to save your back? I know when I use mine, I like to have my body close to the machine; it feels like you have better control over the wood.

Maybe you have a different reason for mounting it where it’s at. I understand, if that’s true.

-- Robb

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#7 posted 03-29-2011 07:06 PM

I’m sorry about the WAY that you got your tools, but truly appreciate the labor of love that it must have been, getting this one back to such good condition.

-- -- Neil

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#8 posted 03-29-2011 10:53 PM

Thanks fellows for all the kind words, observations and questions. Here are some answers:

Herb – if you look at the last photo you can see a hose that attaches at the middle back of the jointer and then connects to the dust collector.

Wrench – it depends on who’s asking ”...officer, I’ve only had one beer three days ago…”

Robb – I did not think that one through. I was going to place it in the middle (never thought of the left side.) I decided to place it to the right to provide free space on the left. This way I can use that side of the table to lay things down… like beer. I’ve not had any issues thus far but have only used it a few times.

Beener – thanks for the thoughts.


-- Harold

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#9 posted 04-12-2011 06:42 AM

Nice set-up. I like that cyclone thingy before the vacume cleaner.
Sit and sip is my speed too.
Nice post.


-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#10 posted 09-10-2012 03:34 AM

I just inherited a bunch of tools from my grandfather who passed away. I used the google to search for old tools with rust and how to remove the rust. I found your blog and joined this website. I also found in my search a product that must be just like the evapa rust you found. The website I found was I looked at both removers and rust911 had the better price for more remover. I ordered it a two weeks ago and it worked great. Good luck with your future projects

-- <3 Jazzy

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#11 posted 09-27-2012 05:07 AM

Jazzy – wow to think, an internet search brought you to my little blog and you joined Lumberjocks. Wonderful.

You’re going to love this place. I look forward to seeing your handy work and those rust free tools!!


-- Harold

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