Craigslist Score! 6 1/8" Craftsman Benchtop Jointer for $15

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Blog entry by Russ posted 03-02-2010 08:58 AM 6278 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last night I was browsing the Craiglist tools and found a guy advertising a 4” Craftsman Jointer that had some surface rust but was in running condition for $15. My brother picked it up for me and I did some test runs. The jointer did a good job and seems to work well. I also found out once I had it that it was a 6 1/8” jointer and not a 4” one. I’m very happy with this score. Does anyone have any ideas on getting rid of the rust? Thanks in advance for any advice.

Front Panel

Close up of Blade Area


-- Russ

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#1 posted 03-02-2010 09:11 AM

WD40 and steel wool works well. I also have used a grinder with a cup brush. Then wipe it off with mineral spirits

-- Wow, that was easy. Just follow the directions and use some common sense.

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#2 posted 03-02-2010 09:43 AM

“RUST FREE” from Woodcraft works well. Nice score.

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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#3 posted 03-02-2010 02:13 PM

From OWWM:
Use single-edged razor blades to scrape the worst of the rust off.
Scotch-brite (green plastic scratchy pads) will remove the least amount of material from the table itself. With or without WD-40. I don’t use WD-40 because of the mess.
If there is heavy pitting, I would consider a chemical solution to clean the rust out of the pits. The rust-free mentioned above seems real expensive to me. I’ve had good results with the phosphoric acid based stuff (lots of it at the big box stores Rust-B-Gone, etc.) and lately, my personal favorite, Evaporust – biodegradable, simply amazing results.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#4 posted 03-02-2010 02:13 PM

Hi, Russ. Nice find! Craigslist can be a pain sometimes, but those occasional hits make it totally worth it, no?

I’ll second Dyidawg. WD40 seems to be the way to go. I just cleaned up a table saw with some surface rust. In my case, I used WD40 and some sandpaper. And, of course, an industrial sized bottle of elbow grease. Finish ‘er off with some paste wax.

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#5 posted 03-02-2010 02:46 PM

There is a product lauded by a few people here. Here is the link to the product. They make a spray on version and I hear it is quite effective. Clean it up, put on some paste wax and you made a great score. Congratulations!


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#6 posted 03-02-2010 02:48 PM

I’m so jealous of you all there, with $15 I just can buy the switch you know?
Congrats – fantastic price.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 03-02-2010 05:56 PM

i bought some t-9 rust remover. It is basically phosphoric acid. I put that on my rusted jointer bed (diluted with a bit of water) and used a drill with a nylon brush to VERY slowly (avoid spraying acid everywhere) work away the rust. The results so far have been exceptional.

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#8 posted 03-02-2010 06:34 PM

I bought a jointer on Criag’s list also and used RustFree that I bought from Rockler. Worked great.

-- Lucky to get paid for what I love to do. Make sawdust.

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#9 posted 03-02-2010 07:14 PM


Nice score on your new jointer.

You can the Evaporust at Harbor Freight for about $20 for a gallon and it works very well and is eco-friendly. If you want to go to a little more work remove the infeed / outfeed tables and the fence and place them face down in an appropriately sized shallow metal baking tray. Pour in just enough of the Evaporust to cover the bottom of the tray. Leave them for a few hours and you will save a lot of hand labor.

Happy reconditioning!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#10 posted 03-03-2010 02:44 AM

Russ, last week I bought a Delta Unisaw that had tons and tons and tons of rust. I think it was kohlwoodworker that had recently posted a plane restoration where he used “The Works” toilet bowl cleaner. It sounds crazy but it is only a buck at the dollar store and it works unbelievably well. Go to my workshop and you can see the before and after pics. One word of caution though, with whatever you decide to use make sure that you put some oil, WD-40, or other type of rust inhibitor as soon as you finish it, otherwise light surface rust will be there in a couple of hours after cleaning. By the way….great buy!

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#11 posted 03-03-2010 05:19 AM

Thanks to everyone for the advice. I did a small experiment with the WD40 and scraper. May take some time.

-- Russ

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#12 posted 03-03-2010 05:45 PM

yeah, i’ve got to say that i think a chemical reaction will make quicker work of the cleanup. A lost of the suggestions will work though.

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#13 posted 05-20-2010 10:04 PM

Great buy Russ. It should give you years of good service once the rust is removed.

-- Bill, Austin, Texas,

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#14 posted 05-26-2010 05:42 PM

I hope it does a great job for you

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#15 posted 09-10-2010 07:05 AM

Looks like a solid buy, Russ…
WD40 and steel wool is my recommendation too.

Good Luck

-- Warren the "Woodworking Business Guide" Guy,

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