Setting jointer knives - my experience

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Forum topic by klassenl posted 04-30-2011 02:26 AM 1765 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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04-30-2011 02:26 AM

Topic tags/keywords: craftmaster jointer knives

I recently picked up a little jointer just like this one off Kijiji.

It’s in amazing shape. All of the various parts and pieces moved well without doing anything to it. I got rid of the surface rust and, attached my old table saw motor to it. The blades didn’t look like they were in very good shape so I decided to do what I could with them. Having read some of the things that can happen when setting jointer knives I had resigned myself to the fact that I might fail. I popped the first one out with a 5/16 inch wrench and used some 100 and 120 grit on my table saw to “sharpen” them a little. I then setup my dial indicator on the outfeed side, zeroed it there and used that reference to set the knives. It took a little trial and error, thankfully more trial than error but once I found top dead center it was easy to tap them into place +/- .001. I think it took me about and hour to do all three. If I hadn’t been interupted by other things to do and cleaning everything thoroughly I sure I could have done it in less than half an hour. Luckily on this model the outfeed table is adjustable so I didn’t have to set the knives to an absolute reference.

All in all it was a lot of fun and I now have a neat old machine in my shop that will be quite useful.


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#1 posted 04-30-2011 06:00 AM

Great fun! Sounds like you got the knack right off the bat. I’m betting all the money in the tip jar that there’s not a sawn or uneven edge in your shop that has half a chance of staying as is!

What’s the brand name? I don’t recognize the logo cast in the guard on the one in the pic.



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