Homemade Jointer/ Cutterhead assembly

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Forum topic by ChrisCarr posted 08-14-2010 10:27 PM 5922 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-14-2010 10:27 PM

I am currently building a homemade bandsaw and am happy with how much easily it is to build machinery than I though…. I though it was like rocket science at first.

I can’t afford a jointer so eventually i want to build one. I heard it could be dangerous trying to make one so I figured if I purchase a cutterhead replacement part I could avoid knifes flying at my head. The rest I can build from wood, metal, shaft, pillow blocks, bearings, and pulleys.

Now heres my question, does anyone know where I can buy a cutterhead assembly (preferably around 6 inches)?
I want one that uses straight knifes. NO spiral heads, too expensive.

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#1 posted 08-15-2010 04:20 AM

If you want to pay shipping, I will give you a Craftsman jointer that is hard to turn, Not sure why. I don’t have time to fool with it. Be a good base to build from if you can’t fix it. I suspect you can.

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#2 posted 11-02-2011 08:35 PM

I know this post is a little old, but… I’m looking at a similar project. A fellow member of another woodworking forum gave me his 8” Grizzly jointer head for the cost of the shipping. He had upgraded to a Byrd head and had this one left over. Think that’s fairly common, so you may be able to pick up a good head on the cheap…

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#3 posted 11-02-2011 09:59 PM

This guy made a 12” jointer from a salvaged lunchbox planer cutterhead:

Wooden jointer plans on Page 44 of this doc:

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