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jonnybrophy

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04-14-2017 03:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer traditional finishing

What’s up guys, last night I came across what seemed be an amazing CL deal. It was a DJ-15 for $50! I picked it up and the man selling was very nice and helped me load it in.
The man told man the saw had been converted to 120, and it included the fence, original manual, safety gaurd(broken) and a crap ton of rust.
It seemed as though the jointer was just sitting in his front yard, it had a couple tarps on but the inside of the jointer was filled with vines and a couple wasps nest(abanded thankfully)
I plan on doing a restore of this saw and am super looking forward to it!

-- "If she dont find ya handsome, she better find ya handy"


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Aj2

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#1 posted 04-14-2017 03:33 PM

Now that’s a great Easter weekend project / score.And look at those long beds they go on forever :)
Nice!

-- Aj

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jonnybrophy

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#2 posted 04-14-2017 03:47 PM

Ikr!
But mannnn this thing is sooo heavy. It came with two roller heads, and 5 knife blades(3 to a head)
There is some mild pitting on the beds but, not really a big deal.
Im most worried about the cabinet however, there is major pitting, and im thinking about using my stick (chicago electric) that i got for free to fix it. I dont know anything about welding though, so im going to hold of on that for now.
Ps. Im think im gonna paint it a nice shiny red :)

-- "If she dont find ya handsome, she better find ya handy"

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Aj2

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#3 posted 04-14-2017 03:50 PM

What’s the diameter of the head ? It’s looks better then 3 inches.The bigger the better.

-- Aj

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jonnybrophy

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#4 posted 04-14-2017 03:52 PM

3-3 1/4 inches, hard to tell with it in the machine :P
dont have time to take it out now…

-- "If she dont find ya handsome, she better find ya handy"

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#5 posted 04-14-2017 09:22 PM



Ikr!
But mannnn this thing is sooo heavy. It came with two roller heads, and 5 knife blades(3 to a head)
There is some mild pitting on the beds but, not really a big deal.
Im most worried about the cabinet however, there is major pitting, and im thinking about using my stick (chicago electric) that i got for free to fix it. I dont know anything about welding though, so im going to hold of on that for now.
Ps. Im think im gonna paint it a nice shiny red :)

- jonnybrophy

They are heavy for a reason! Looks like it might clean up nicely although you might want to run it by hand for a few cycles to see if anything needs attention before you put the power to it. Now if you paint the cabinet shiny red, you will most likely be shunned on this board forever…

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jonnybrophy

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#6 posted 04-14-2017 10:14 PM


Ikr!
But mannnn this thing is sooo heavy. It came with two roller heads, and 5 knife blades(3 to a head)
There is some mild pitting on the beds but, not really a big deal.
Im most worried about the cabinet however, there is major pitting, and im thinking about using my stick (chicago electric) that i got for free to fix it. I dont know anything about welding though, so im going to hold of on that for now.
Ps. Im think im gonna paint it a nice shiny red :)

- jonnybrophy
They are heavy for a reason! Looks like it might clean up nicely although you might want to run it by hand for a few cycles to see if anything needs attention before you put the power to it. Now if you paint the cabinet shiny red, you will most likely be shunned on this board forever…

- teejk02

haha, then what color should i paint it?
The i took it apart ran the motor by itself, its nice and quite, so bearing are probably fine for now.
When i get the time, im going to take the beds apart, and check the head bearings.

Also, is there any way to get the beds nice and “shiny” without having to sand it? i took a wire wheel to it, and the iron beds stayed a dark color while, the mouth of the head got what i wanted.

-- "If she dont find ya handsome, she better find ya handy"

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#7 posted 04-14-2017 10:27 PM

Also, is there any way to get the beds nice and “shiny” without having to sand it? i took a wire wheel to it, and the iron beds stayed a dark color while, the mouth of the head got what i wanted.

Don’t sand. Start with a razor blade, then with scotch brite pads and some kind of solvent. Putting the pads under a vibrating sander works well and makes it a bit easier. Barkeepers friend works well on stains (oxalic acid). If the rust is bad or you have pitting that you can’t get into with the scotch brite pads, evaporust or electrolysis will get rid of it pretty easily. Once clean, put on a couple coats of paste wax.

If you do a search here, or even better yet, over at the OWWM site, you will see some very impressive work that didn’t involve any abrasives or metal removal.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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jonnybrophy

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#8 posted 04-14-2017 10:28 PM

Thanks Mr.Unix i gotta give that a try!

-- "If she dont find ya handsome, she better find ya handy"

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Planeman40

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#9 posted 04-15-2017 04:51 PM

That “black stain” appearance that the bed has after the rust has been removed is the carbon left on the surface of the steel after rusting. Rust is iron oxide (iron combined with oxygen). That chemical reaction leaves whatever carbon that was in the rusted area on the surface of the steel. You can get it out by sanding the surface, but it can be pretty deep and is not worth the trouble in my opinion. Just live with it.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#10 posted 04-22-2017 09:27 PM

That is some good clean livin right there!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#11 posted 04-27-2017 05:05 PM

Jonny – Thanks so much for posting this. I actually started my own DJ-15 restoration project a few weeks ago. You can find the posts here and here. Admittedly, I haven’t had much time to devote to this project as of late, although I did get the motor conversion bench tested without issue (120V VFD for converting single phase input to three phase output), which I’ll be posting about shortly. I’ve already torn the entire jointer apart, with only a bit more cleaning to do. As MrUnix suggested, ScotchBrite pads and some type of solvent worked wonders for removing rust from the tables. I ended up using RustFree as the solvent because I already had some on-hand, but I’m sure there are plenty of options out there. Hopefully we can bounce some ideas/tips off one another throughout the process. Best of luck to you!

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