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#1 posted 02-27-2011 09:47 PM

It would definitely have a spring in it somewhere. This is a variant on
the porkchop guard style, but swings completely clear for rabbeting.

Older Oliver and other heavty industrial jointers often have that style of
guard. I’ve assumed it’s use was more a matter of design elegance
than clear superiority to the porkchop style guard.

Other Heston and Anderson jointers I’ve looked at pictures of lack the
extra support ledge to the left of the cutterhead. Lacking that structure,
mounting the porkchop guard into a hole drilled in it disappears as a
design option and then mounting the guard aft may be the only logical

There is another style of aft-mounted guard which was available for
some jointers. It pivots out of the way to the left for edge jointing
and also up for face jointing.

I’m currently building a replacement guard in this style for a vintage
Walker Turner jointer. Maybe I’ll post pictures when it’s done.

The odd adjustment knobs/handles on top of the guard are a mystery to me,
since in pictures I have of the underside, the holes don’t go through. Maybe
they are some sort of hold-in system for use with the fence set to any

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