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OldManRiver

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03-19-2018 12:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer refurbish tomlee

NEW GUY ALERT…. NEW GUY ALERT!!!

I just picked this little guy up today for $20.

I plan on cleaning him up and using him in my shop. It is missing the fence but I have an idea in mind on building one. I plan on making a bench similar to a miter bench so I can run longer stock. I have an old Tradesman table saw that is useless except for the motor that I will use the motor from to run this little jointer. I plan on posting pictures on my little project, the clean up, bench, fence, and how well that motor will work. If any one has any pointers, tips, or suggestions in my journey please feel free to chime in… I love having everyones imput it can only help me in the long run.

-- I would give you two thumbs up, but one and a half will have to do!!


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#1 posted 03-19-2018 02:00 PM

Looks like a nice stout little jointer. The Knifes don’t look right to me.Maybe its the angle of the picture. I just dig the oversized cutting circles old jointers have. Even small ones.
Back to the Knifes the bevel angle looks wrong or they are too thick. Be careful with that part could be a booby trap.
Nice looking little machine.

-- Aj

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#2 posted 03-19-2018 05:04 PM

I look forward to the progress. It’s a handsome little jointer.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#3 posted 03-19-2018 09:32 PM



Looks like a nice stout little jointer. The Knifes don t look right to me.Maybe its the angle of the picture. I just dig the oversized cutting circles old jointers have. Even small ones.
Back to the Knifes the bevel angle looks wrong or they are too thick. Be careful with that part could be a booby trap.
Nice looking little machine.

- Aj2


I plan digging into the knife isses a little more on this. I can take a more direct picture of the knives. The pictures were from the original craigslist post.

I spent the most part of last night working on the tops and I am amazed at how much they shined right up. Is it new? No but it is starting to take shape. I will post some more pictures of the cleaned tops and of the knives. Maybe some imput on a perfered wax for the top and some imput on the knives.

-- I would give you two thumbs up, but one and a half will have to do!!

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#4 posted 03-19-2018 09:34 PM

Thanks woodknack I look forward to posting my progress.

-- I would give you two thumbs up, but one and a half will have to do!!

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#5 posted 03-19-2018 10:00 PM

So here are the pictures of the knives and the tops for anyone interested.

-- I would give you two thumbs up, but one and a half will have to do!!

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#6 posted 03-19-2018 10:56 PM

I have done some digging around and found an old advertisement for the TomLee line of tools and found out that this jointer is to run at 5000 rpm… Is this common? Now the berrings turn good but at 5000 rpm I might think of replacing them to be on the safe side.. What does the lumberjock community think?

-- I would give you two thumbs up, but one and a half will have to do!!

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#7 posted 03-19-2018 11:09 PM

I believe 5000 RPM is good. My Felder runs 5200 and I see the Powermatic straight knife jointer run @ 5000.

Powermatic Helical Head run @ 7000

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#8 posted 03-19-2018 11:16 PM

I looked up that jointer and it’s also made by a Toro. The bearings are the least of your troubles the knife gib parts are very similar to the ones craftsman used.
Not a great design in my opinion
Your knife shouldn’t be thicker then the gibs. The gibs are held by two screws that wedge the knifes in the knife pockets. I think your gibs are not original.
I’m confidant the knifes shouldnt be more than 1/8 thick.
Good luck be safe.
That’s all I got for now.

-- Aj

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#9 posted 03-19-2018 11:31 PM



I looked up that jointer and it s also made by a Toro. The bearings are the least of your troubles the knife gib parts are very similar to the ones craftsman used.
Not a great design in my opinion
Your knife shouldn t be thicker then the gibs. The gibs are held by two screws that wedge the knifes in the knife pockets. I think your gibs are not original.
I m confidant the knifes shouldnt be more than 1/8 thick.
Good luck be safe.
That s all I got for now.

- Aj2

I jumped to the conclusion that the gibs had 3 screws holding the knives in but I have not been that far in my tear down. Any recommended knives I should look at? Thanks for all of the imput so far!!

-- I would give you two thumbs up, but one and a half will have to do!!

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#10 posted 03-20-2018 12:03 AM

Give this guy a call. He’s has a good reputation and hangs out over at the WoodNet forum.

https://www.holbren.com/jointer-planer-knives/

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#11 posted 03-20-2018 11:44 PM

Today i got home from work and pulled the knives out and measured their thicness, they are 1/8” thick and the gibs are 1/16” held in by three set screws. Should I be looking at different knives [r are these going to be ok? What angle should my edge on my knives be? Thank you everyone for their time!

-- I would give you two thumbs up, but one and a half will have to do!!

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