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Forum topic by JoeinGa posted 06-29-2015 01:46 AM 956 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-29-2015 01:46 AM

I was reading another post regarding the like-vs-hate folks have about bench top jointers.

I was given an old Sears model and because I want to be able to show just how bad this thing is, I decided to start a new thread rather than take over Walt’s discussion about them. So with that said, here’s what I was given. What you see is what I received. No motor , no stand, nothing extra. Is this thing worth my time and effort to try and revive it? Or should I just add the weight to the next haul I take to the scrap yard?







I have a motor I can use and a stand would be easy to build. The thing is pretty rusty but I believe I can disassemble it without too much effort. The handle for adjusting the fence is loose, and the fence moves with little effort. I can spin the blade by hand (but would probably need bearings replaced anyway) and the knob on the right side is stuck but feels like it would come free with a bit of oil and some patience.

So far I have ZERO dollars invested beyond hauling it to my shop. Is this thing worth the effort?

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#1 posted 06-29-2015 01:51 AM

I’ve done a restoration on a shopsmith jointer. To do a good job you need to wire brush or sandblast the painted parts, sand the flat surfaces or wire brush them, replace the bearings, is the cheapest place to find quality bearings, and fix the fence so it tightens. If your fence won’t tighten, the jointer is useless.

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#2 posted 06-29-2015 01:57 AM

I wouldn’t hesitate. But I’m always looking for something to work on. This one seems like an easy project.

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#3 posted 06-29-2015 02:00 AM

It’d be a nice addition to your shop, I say go for it.

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#4 posted 06-29-2015 02:04 AM

I’m not a fan of benchtops. That being said, the old 4” jointers had some heft to them and I wouldn’t consider them in the same class as the benchtops of nowadays. Bearings and belts are cheap and you can sharpen the knives yourself.

At worst you have a machine that doesn’t work for minimal investment. If you were considering a benchtop, then I think this is even better.

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#5 posted 06-29-2015 02:15 AM

looks worth it to me joe

consider it a a ‘long-bed benchtop jointer’
sure got to be better than the ones they got now

it’s not like you will be changing it to much
set a decent cut and have it for those quick boards

maybe not a ‘production’ tool
but worth having

screw a melamine fence to the existing one
and you are good to go

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#6 posted 06-29-2015 02:39 AM

I say it is worth YOUR time….
Well, I certainly don’t have the time (or really, the ambition)....
But, I really want to see the end results!!!

Like the others have said….
It will be better than a new bench top model….

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#7 posted 06-29-2015 03:03 AM

If you don’t have access to sandblasting equipment, Evaporust would work great. I’ve used it to restore a number of tools, though nothing quite that large. The nice thing about it is, since it’s not caustic or toxic, you can cobble together any kind of trough to hold larger pieces like the table (a plastic planter box, long and narrow, would work, or a trough made with thick sheet plastic). Soak things overnight, rinse them and wipe off, go over it some steel or brass wool. Soak again if need be. Any used EVR that isn’t black can be used again and again.

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#8 posted 06-29-2015 11:57 AM

Give it a try, you might like it. I found one and got it going again, I’m glad I did.

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#9 posted 06-29-2015 12:39 PM

I got one of those for $2 at an auction and fixed it up. Bearings were at the local motor shop. Hardest part of that will be getting the tables reinstalled because they use an eccentric washer for adjustment. If you don’t have to remove the tables I’d avoid it. I had the porkchop too which you will have to find if you don’t have it. I gave it to a friend who always said he wanted a jointer for small projects and he never did a thing with it (grrrr). The manual is over at the Vintage Machinery site.

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#10 posted 06-29-2015 12:48 PM

Looks like it can be a project ranging from making an acceptable user in an cosy sunday afternoon to a full blown restauration w paint, nikkel plating and reground surfaces.
Personaly i would probably soak in wd40, take apart, sand the top and fence w belt sander, oil moving parts, put together, allign w straight edge, start making furniture!

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#11 posted 06-29-2015 12:53 PM

Well then, this just might turn into a real gloat if I can get it refurbd! Thanks for the input folks!

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#12 posted 06-29-2015 01:36 PM

I would do a bare minimum getting it running to see if there are any issues before cleaning it up. That way you have a better idea of what you are in for to fix it. That said, those old craftsman were made like tanks. If you don’t have one, you need one.

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#13 posted 06-29-2015 01:54 PM

King Seeley built some pretty darned good stuff for Sears. My KS drill press (1952 if I’m correct) is a beast after all these years.
You’ll have a great project, and a good jointer when you’re done.


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#14 posted 06-29-2015 04:19 PM

If the bench top size suits your needs, and you have the time, I say go for it.
I would clean the rust of the surface and make sure it’s flat 1st.
If it’s not flat, it will all be a waste of your time.
I have used evaporust several times to restore old Stanley planes that I’ve picked up at yard sales.
stuff works great. For larger items you soak rags in it and then cover it all with plastic wrap so it stays wet.
next day all the rust is gone. That should be good enough to check for a flat surface. Then some 600 grit on an orbital sander and it’s good as new. I would not sand blast anything. Will pit the metal.
not much else to a jointer. Like the other post say. Some new bearings, sharpen up the blades. Good as new.
good luck.

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#15 posted 06-29-2015 05:55 PM

I have that jointer and it works well. I am not looking to do big boards and it does great. I cleaned mine up, checked table alignment and put in new blades.

Putting in new blades was a pain and I spent quite a bit of time doing it. I used a jig to hold a dial indicator and “slowly” adjusted each knife. However, it was worthwhile in the end.

Good Luck

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