sheet metal base for wood jointer

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Project by Jason Brewer posted 01-19-2011 09:45 AM 4107 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was able to buy a new powermatic jointer, but no base or motor. I got it a really good deal. The project turned out very well. I love this jointer. It is a beauty. I have around $400 in it.

-- "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8

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#1 posted 01-19-2011 10:54 AM

Looks like it came from the factory! Great job and nice score!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 01-19-2011 11:03 AM

Good work looks all original

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#3 posted 01-19-2011 12:04 PM

Nice metal work!

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#4 posted 01-19-2011 03:00 PM

Ditto – The metal work is superb!

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#5 posted 01-19-2011 03:09 PM

very well done.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#6 posted 01-19-2011 03:12 PM

Guys like you totally amaze me. Thanks for sharing the build with us.

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#7 posted 01-19-2011 04:26 PM

Looking back over your posts, you must have a pretty good metal working shop as well as woodworking.
I am trying to guess the size of that jointer with my old eyes, is it an 8” or bigger? I like that electric motor
mount, once the bolts are started, gravity helps adjust the belt tension. Beautiful base, hope you have
many happy hours playing in your shop.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 01-19-2011 06:30 PM

I agree it looks like it came from the factory. great bargain.

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#9 posted 01-19-2011 08:59 PM

yeah that is spot on with the color and style. you might want to email powermatic and tell them you’ll make these and sell them to them wholesale.

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL -

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#10 posted 01-19-2011 09:19 PM

You sly devil! Looks fantastic. I’m depressed by the price.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 01-19-2011 11:15 PM

It would look better if the picture was rotated the right way. I am laying on my side looking at it and can’t get up now. Try better next time. :) Good work Jason!

-- Jeff

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Jason Brewer

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#12 posted 01-19-2011 11:30 PM

haha, yes, I could order one from powermatic for $800… so i decided to build it. :) Sorry about the rotation. They are right on my system, when I upload them they rotate. Leaving me wanting to punch the screen=you guys with a stiff neck.

The sheet metal is 14 and 16 gauge. I would be happy to help/encourage any one who would like to try the same project.

-- "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8

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#13 posted 01-20-2011 12:57 AM

Very nice work. You were truly blessed to have been able to get the jointer at such a good price. He did the same thing for me when I was looking for a jointer. I have a Craftsman 6” jointer that I bought from a fellow who used about 5 times on a single project. I bought it for $180. That was a good deal to me.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#14 posted 01-20-2011 02:48 AM

CharlieL, 16ga can be bent with the right technique. 14ga was the top of the cab. I actually used wooden cauls several bar clamps and wrapped around the corner of my table saw base. Anything you buy for sheet metal ousted of a 300-400lb break will probably not work well. I also used an air flange toll and punch which helped in giving it a machined look. My back ground is engineering in the manufacturing world so I have had access to some pretty amazing stuff. Now I have a 220 wire welder, grinder, and a few metal spot clamps. Email me I can give you welding advise to avoid warping the sheet metal. I really recommend the flange/punch tool. $15 at harbor freight.

-- "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8

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#15 posted 01-20-2011 03:12 AM

That is freaking awesome! I am amazed every day at the skill and ideas shared on this site.

-- Mel,

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