New table for an old Craftsman jointer!

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Project by Kevin posted 03-13-2012 04:45 PM 4661 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My uncle gave me an old Craftsman jointer. It had a lot of rust, but the infeed table moved freely and the handles, table lock, and cutter assembly worked and were in good shape. I took the jointer apart and sanded the rust off, added some new paint and waxed the table.

Then I built this new table. The entire table is built from reclaimed lumber. Some of the lumber has cracks and pre-drilled holes, but it is structurally sound and saved me some cash.

The jointer is bolted to a piece of 3/4 in. osb that sits in a rabbit on the top frame. The legs attach to the top frame with half-lap joints and screws. The bottom frame which holds the motor sits in dadoes milled into the legs. Finally the legs sit in dadoes milled into the feet. Top frame has a chamfer routed on the outside and the table is finished with BLO cut 2:1 with mineral spirits. The last picture is the jointer before final sanding and painting. Thanks for looking.

If you want to see more pictures and the progression of the table and jointer click here to see my blog!

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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View DaveBaker's profile


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#1 posted 03-13-2012 08:34 PM


Nothing like resurrecting old tools, great job. The old tools are much better in most cases than the tools made today, and getting them the way you did, they don’t break the bank either. You should be able to get the blades sharpened at a local machine shop and if necessary, they should be able to make you new ones if you can’t buy originals.

Great job again


-- Upstate New York -- Do what you love and never work a day in your life.

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#2 posted 03-13-2012 09:50 PM

That’s a really nice jointer…....glad to see you’ve brought it back to life and will be a handy tool for many years! And that bench just makes it even nicer… just a note….get rid of the light switch and get a proper switch and face plate. I had one of those on my table saw….it worked but….!!

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#3 posted 03-13-2012 10:38 PM

Looks real good, nice job

-- Don, Royersford, PA

View Kevin's profile


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#4 posted 03-13-2012 10:40 PM

Dave thanks for the tip, blades are in great shape for now. I’m not sure that they were even used. But I’m sure this will last through several shapenings and blade changes. Prez, I agree I have been pricing safety shut off switches. I also need to rewire the motor, I don’t trust the old wiring it has now. Thanks for the comments.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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#5 posted 03-14-2012 12:59 AM

that craftsman jointer screams art deco. industrial designers back in the day really knew how to turn a machine into a thing of beauty. i love the 1930s and 40s craftsman (maybe sears) 12” bandsaws. sleek.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

View Kevin's profile


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#6 posted 03-14-2012 02:12 AM

Thanks Don. I agree with you David I really like the design of the jointer, you don’t see anything like it made now. I’m really glad I took the time to clean it up.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

View Ryan's profile


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#7 posted 03-14-2012 05:39 AM

This thing looks awesome! I can’t wait to see it in person and watch this thing run. The table turned out great.

-- If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.

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#8 posted 03-15-2012 04:46 AM

I have a Craftsmen jointer on the sheet metal stand, but it takes up too much room. I wanted to set it into a bench along the wall, but I wasn’t sure how to mount the motor. I’m currently trying to figure out how I’m going to mount a bigger motor on my contractor saw. You may have just given me a great idea. Or another brain fart. I’ll find out tomorrow. Thanks.

-- I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. I'm sorry,thanks.

View Kevin's profile


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#9 posted 03-18-2012 04:58 AM

Randy, I was a few days late seeing your post but I hope your idea worked out for you.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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#10 posted 03-25-2012 03:01 AM

Nice job on the restore and new stand, it looks great.

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