8" Woodtek Restore #2: Restore Complete. Or 95% Complete anyway

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Blog entry by s2h posted 06-24-2013 01:30 AM 1160 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This refurb was one of the biggest machines I have worked on that has a top speed of 0 mph. It took some months to complete due to the complete tear down painting and rebuild. Most every part had some sort of combination of rust, dirt, grease, and wood chips.

The easy part was cleaning the table top. After that I had to remove the jointer cast iron top and base from the sheet metal stand. The stand was bent up, beat up and rusted and so down to metal for you.

After some paint and reattaching the WoodTek logo on the front it looked much better.

With the base restored and motor remounted (and rewired for 220) it was time to tackle the jointer proper. As you can tell from the picture below, it was COVERED and FILLET with junk. The previous owner apparently did not have a dust collection system or a very dry place to store it. The below picture is of one of the dovetail ways.

More grime under the fence adjustment mechanism.

The jointer was completely disassembled including the two dovetail tables, the rear fence and adjustment mechanism, the dovetail adjustment wheels and screws, and the rotor and knife assembly. Interestingly enough the bearings from the rotor assembly were not safe from the dusty environment either.

All surfaces were cleaned with PB Blaster and a scotchbrite pad. Components that were rusty were cleaned with vinegar (works great!!!!). Major components were media blasted to remove old paint (not the table top or dovetail ways though). All surfaces cleaned up great and were repainted my new brown hammered finish (Rustoleum) and I think it looks great!

Slowly the pieces started to come back together.

The few remaining pieces are the blade cover and spring return and the belt cover in the back. Overall I am extremely pleased with how this build turned out. As far as I am concerned I was able to take a $160 Craigslist purchase and make it into a functional $1000 machine. Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 06-24-2013 01:52 AM

Great job bring the beast back to life!!!

Enjoy using your “new” jointer!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 06-24-2013 03:51 AM

Well, you really did wonderful job, will be around for a long service life. And, now you know every piece

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 06-28-2013 01:22 PM

Good Job… I too just finished a jointer rehab this year…

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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