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Forum topic by Tom S. posted 05-30-2010 09:35 PM 884 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tom S.

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05-30-2010 09:35 PM

I just purchased a used Craftsman Jointer. There is some rust on the table and fence but runs great and the knives are still sharp. Is there anything I should do for some preventive maintenance after cleaning the rust off the table?

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#1 posted 05-30-2010 09:58 PM

It might be a good idea to check the belt and sharpness of the blades.

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#2 posted 05-31-2010 04:33 AM

I’d go ahead and get new knives. As I recall, when I got new knives for my craftsman 6 inch jointer it was pretty cheap. I would also check the infeed and outfeed tables and see if they are flat. Mine is not. Not much you can do about it though. You could take it to a machine shop and have them mill it down but by the time you are done with that plus the cost to buy the used jointer, you are probably above the cost of a new one. The other thing to check on is to make sure the infeed table is dead parallel to the outfeed table. If you don’t you will get either convex or concave cuts. As I recall, when I set mine up years ago, that was really difficult and took a long time to get it dialed in but once I did, it has stayed in alignment for 20+ years and 6 moves.

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#3 posted 05-31-2010 07:47 AM

Follow what hokieman posted.

Check the belt and replace it with a link belt if yours is worn.

Have the knives sharpened or replaced if needed.

Clean the tables and fence.
To do this, I use a random orbital sander with 320 grit paper. Then I apply Johnson’s past wax to the clean surface. That will stop the rust for a couple of months. Usually about 6-9 months. Then before the rust starts again apply some more paste wax.

Now some may object to using a random orbital sander on the table and fence, but this has worked well for me and my father-in-law for the last 25 years for me and 50 years for him. The objection would be that I would affect the flatness of the table and fence. I have to follow the old Air Force philosophy about this. “Measure it with micrometer, mark it with a grease pencil and hack it off with an axe” Yes it may affect the flatness but really how much?



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