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Forum topic by Brett posted 01-16-2018 03:46 PM 395 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Brett

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01-16-2018 03:46 PM

Hey all.

I have an old 6” Craftsman Contractor Jointer my dad gave me this past year. I’ve fixed it up and have been using it with much success. I would like to be able to take guard off and joint the faces of 8” boards and then finish them off on the planer (with a piece of plywood underneath as a sled). If you don’t know what I mean, see this youtube video.

Anyway, this jointer has a roll pin under the guard so the guard will stop when pushed away from the fence (so it won’t rotate too far and possibly damage the guard spring). I haven’t tried tapping this roll pin out as I don’t know if the other side is intentionally mushroomed to prevent it from coming out (I tried to take a pic of the underside as it’s hard to see).

I could try to take the roll pin out and put it back in each time I want to flatten a board wider than my jointer, but I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for me on what to replace the roll pin with so I could more easily remove it next time I want to do this. I was thinking of a small bolt with several nuts (on top and bottom) to replace the roll pin with. Would this work?

If I take the roll pin out and try to keep it intact, then I may have to end up taking the whole infeed table off – an endeavor I’d rather not have to do each time.

Here are some pics of the jointer.

(Pic of the underside – very hard to see)

Thanks in advance!


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dhazelton

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#1 posted 01-16-2018 03:52 PM

I would drill a small hole in a thin piece of plywood and put that over the pin, then grab the pin with vise grips and just start wriggling it out. Since you’ll never joint a board wider than 6 inches it isn’t really needed. And when you do want to go wider than 6 you’re going to pull the porkchop off anyway.

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Brett

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#2 posted 01-16-2018 03:55 PM



I would drill a small hole in a thin piece of plywood and put that over the pin, then grab the pin with vise grips and just start wriggling it out. Since you ll never joint a board wider than 6 inches it isn t really needed. And when you do want to go wider than 6 you re going to pull the porkchop off anyway.

- dhazelton

Thanks. I guess I didn’t realize that pin is there to keep the guard from opening up wider than 6”. I assumed it was there so the guard spring didn’t receive too much tension… but six of one, half dozen of another I suppose.

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bigblockyeti

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#3 posted 01-16-2018 04:00 PM

I would take the spring pin out and tap the hole so you could quickly remove a hex cap or socket cap screw as many times as you needed to without having to mess around pounding out the pin any more.

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Brett

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#4 posted 01-16-2018 04:23 PM



I would take the spring pin out and tap the hole so you could quickly remove a hex cap or socket cap screw as many times as you needed to without having to mess around pounding out the pin any more.

- bigblockyeti

Good idea! Thanks.

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#5 posted 01-16-2018 04:29 PM



I would take the spring pin out and tap the hole so you could quickly remove a hex cap or socket cap screw as many times as you needed to without having to mess around pounding out the pin any more.

- bigblockyeti

..what he said – just tap the hole. I’d use a shouldered screw (standard is a socket head cap) and use a cut off wheel to trim the top off. Available at Grainger or at Ace Hardware

https://www.grainger.com/category/shoulder-screws/socket-screws-and-set-screws/fasteners/ecatalog/N-15gw#nav=%2Fcategory%2Fshoulder-screws%2Fsocket-screws-and-set-screws%2Ffasteners%2Fecatalog%2FN-15gwZ1z0o3pp

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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Brett

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#6 posted 01-16-2018 04:36 PM

Thanks for the link Bill!

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#7 posted 01-16-2018 06:27 PM

That man wins!

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