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12-27-2016 05:41 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question jointer sharpening

Having some difficulty replacing the 7 inch blades in My HF /Central Machinery discontinued jointer. I was thinking ahead when I purchased my HF 7” jointer.

I have looked at YouTube and I’ve seen several ways to change blades in an older style jointer. Bought 4 packages of replacement blades.

Believe it or not I’ve never changed the blades before. Got frustrated in setting the height of the blades to be even. Finally read the manual….look ma no pictures.

I will get it done. But I know some of you have this machine and have developed ways to replace blades when they get dull.

I know I invite Humor but today due to GRRRRRR! frustration I’m really in need of serious positive suggestions.

Thanks for your help, and Happy New Year to you all!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher


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#1 posted 12-27-2016 06:11 AM

The video Bob Vaughn has on Utube is very good.

Aj

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#2 posted 12-27-2016 06:19 AM

Didn’t Sears used to sell a knife setting gauge for their 6-1/8” jointers? Might take a look at using one of those?

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#3 posted 12-27-2016 07:21 AM

Aj, bandit571,

Thanks! i’ll look into those suggestions.

i’m hoping to get some responses fom people who have had one of these or has one now like me.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 12-27-2016 12:36 PM

Sorry Tom, can’t help with your problem, but likewise, a very Happy New Year to you and yours!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#5 posted 12-27-2016 01:41 PM

hey doc, i have a very easy way for you to change the blades, all it takes is some small pieces of glass and some magnets, earth magnets if you have some, i can skype with you later this morning to talk it over if you want, send me a message if you want to do this…i could do it around 9 or 10 my time…let me know…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 12-27-2016 02:35 PM

Tom, make yourself this simple jig. This particular one is on my to-do list ! (good timing)

Use square magnets found in hardware stores (sample) or rare-earth magnets.
The two left magnets secure the jig on the outfeed table and right magnet holds the jointer knives while you tighten the gid nuts. This jig is similar to some store bought jigs.
Good luck buddy !

Best,
Serge
http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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#7 posted 12-27-2016 03:06 PM

Doc,
I have the HF 6” jointer and it came with a blade setting jig that I keep in a small plastic baggie attached to the back of the jointer. I didn’t want to lose the most important piece of the machine!

There are also many, many 3rd party blade setting jigs available.

Even though this is a very cheaply made machine, once I dial it in, I do get a lot of good, reliable use out of it.
Usually I need to re-adjust it about once a year, but, I’ve gotten some decent mileage out of it for the money.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#8 posted 12-27-2016 04:09 PM

Tom, I forgot to mention that two jigs are required, one for each end of the jointer knives.

Happy knives changing and Happy New Year !

Best,
Serge

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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#9 posted 12-27-2016 06:11 PM

Serge,

Thanks for checking this out. Checked your blog and found mostly french ? LOL! Your greeting in almost all languages beats mine in 4 LOL! Will check it out!

Going back today as I have some time and a couple cups of coffee! How’s the new restaurant treating you?

Happy New Year to you!

(MDF and permanent magnets is a quick jig that I can do) Thanks!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 12-27-2016 06:18 PM

DS,

I’ve read the instructions with my jointer. Sorry to say no tool. Thanks! I have checked methods and I can make some jigs. Just wanted it to go smoothly. Murphy has been bored since I’ve not been in the shop all spring and summer.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 12-27-2016 06:25 PM

Hey Bob,

Thanks for the offer and Happy New Year!! I’m mostly on a third shift schedule due to my late afternoon clients and my wife works into the morning.

Hope you guys had a great Christmas! Sent you an e card that was rejected? We can Skype but it would have to be later in the day? And not on Wens, Thurs, or Sat which are Mankato client days.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 12-27-2016 06:36 PM

So, I go in a big box store and ask if they have any earth magnets. I think they really thought I was either a prankster or loonie. I said never mind and left.

I leave and go to a builders supply store a few more miles to drive. A teenage girl working there thru the holidays asked me if she could help me. I asked her if they had any earth magnets. Her reply, most certainly sir, how many do you need?

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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#13 posted 12-27-2016 06:42 PM

I have the same machine, go with the magnets setup as described earlier. it is very easy. be sure to get it very clean of dust and chips. Don’t over tighten the jib nuts and sneak up on the final torque. Good Luck.

-- Dan Stine, Galion Ohio

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#14 posted 12-27-2016 11:56 PM

Got the blades in and aligned after many adjustments w/out the magnets or jig but now that it appears to be working i can make a jig for the next time.

Thanks!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 03-18-2017 05:46 PM

Hey Doc, I just replaced the bearings on my 7” HF jointer after 15 years use, the same as yours machine.

Here are the bearing numbers needed from McMaster Carr: https://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/123/1199/=16t6eq9

copy and paste the link in the search field, it should take you directly to them.
the numbers are; 6661K104 and 6661K103. very easy swap out.
Good Day.

-- Dan Stine, Galion Ohio

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