|Project by blockhead||posted 11-10-2009 03:13 AM||9145 views||3 times favorited||32 comments|
I just finished up the restoration on this 1958 Ward’s Powr-Kraft 4” Jointer and GE motor. The motor isn’t original to the jointer, but looks to be quite old. A friend of mine at work found this old jointer at a yard sale. It was on a table with some other things and the guy told him $10 for everything on the table. I gave him a DVD for it.
Aesthetically, as you can see by the before photos, it was in pretty rough shape. Mechanically, it was surprisingly sound. I attacked the 50 year old grime with a wire brush, steel wool, pick, chisel, WD-40, degreaser, Top Saver and good ole’ elbow grease. There is a little pitting on the side portion of the top.
While looking around the internet for information on this jointer, I found a Powr-Kraft Catalog from 1958 on owwm.com (old wood working machines), where I found a picture and the model # of this jointer. If you haven’t been to the site, it’s very cool if you’re into old machinery.
I built a simple base for it from some old scrap pine I had in the shop. I added a dust port in the rear and a new switch. It is surprisingly smooth but I still need to get a new belt and the knives are on order. This is my first tool restore. I had a lot of fun bringing some new life into some old machinery. I’m thinking this won’t be my last. Thanks for looking and as always comments/suggestions are appreciated.
Update: Since installing the new knives, I have used it several times and I must say, wow! It is a very impressive little machine. I may need to build some kind of extension for the outfeed portion of the fence for a bit more stability for the longer pieces.
I’ve used it on pine, myrtlewood, red oak, hard maple and walnut to name a few and it breezes right through everything leaving nice, straight, flat cuts. I still need to get a new link belt, which should only help.
-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.