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Forum topic by TurnTurnTurn posted 01-10-2010 01:32 AM 5180 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-10-2010 01:32 AM

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A while back a friend gave me his grandfather’s jointer. It is a 1938 Craftsman model # 103.0502. After some research I have been able to locate an Owners Manual, and a copy of the page of the original Sears Catalog parts have not been available since the 40’s, The tool is missing the fence and the knives. I can make a fence, but I would like to find a source for the knives. If anyone has any ideas please let me know.


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#1 posted 01-10-2010 04:49 AM

If the guard is missing I wouldn’t use it.

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#2 posted 01-10-2010 04:02 PM

Those are pretty rare. They had a lead screw that micro-adjusted the fence position. That was made by Central Specialty (everything will say king-seeley, but kind-seeley didn’t buy Central Specialty until 1945ish)

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#3 posted 01-27-2010 07:22 AM

To Turn Turn Turn;
On the following link they list the part number for 103.0502.
I checked, the part number shows that the knives are still able to be ordered.
Wouldn’t hurt to call and ask, discription matches.
Part number 2291
Good luck. popztoolz
Fence on 103.0502

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#4 posted 01-27-2010 02:30 PM

If you can get the dimensions for the knives, you should be able to get them from most sellers – for example You will need the length, thickness and width, though you should be able to figure out the dimensions from the slots. I checked holbren and the closest he has listed is 4 x 5/8 by 1/8. If you can’t find them anywhere else, you can use a 4 inch on a machine that takes 4 1/4 , though need to get the width and thickness right so the nuts can hold the knife in place. You can always email brian at holbren with your model number and see if he has an exact match.

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