|Project by Brandon||posted 07-31-2010 10:04 AM||9033 views||9 times favorited||10 comments|
I recently purchased an old Powermatic 50 jointer from craigslist. The jointer runs nicely, but it was missing the cutting guard. Purchasing a replacement guard assembly would run about $70, and so I decided to build one myself for about 10 bucks. The porkchop-shaped guard itself is made out 3/4 Baltic birch. I embedded two sets of bearings in the guard that are attached to a 5/8 hex bolt, so it rotates sort of like a skateboard wheel. Extra washers between the table and the guard give the guard enough clearance for making 1/4 inch cuts (though I don’t ever plan on making cuts that deep on the jointer). A spring is attached to the back of the guard to hold it tight against the fence/material while still covering the cutters. I painted the guard red to make it look more appropriate.
Now I’m not scared to death by the jointer! ;-)
-- "hold fast to that which is good"