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Forum topic by poopiekat posted 08-22-2011 03:08 AM 1595 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-22-2011 03:08 AM

Topic tags/keywords: antique jointer national restore

While scavenging the late-in-the-day yard sales for overlooked treasures, I found a few typical planes, some fine-point disston hand saws, but then I spotted this: A ‘National’ 4” jointer for $10!!!Photobucket I handed over the cash before really getting a good look at it, because other people were walking up the driveway. Photobucket Now, I know some people are not impressed with such a relic, but I am slowly re-tooling my shop with emphasis on hand tools and vintage home-crafter machines from an earlier era; yes I recall as a young lad in the ‘50s, my Uncle and my grandfather both ran comparable equipment in their shed/workshop. and made awesome Mission/Arts & Crafts furniture back in the day. Photobucket The homemade stand, the whitewall tires from an old barbecue or lawn mower, and that yellow polypropylene rope pull-handle simply knocked me out! But it will get a new stand, with the motor below, and some dust control stuff. Photobucket It might replace my current jointer, of unknown make, seen behind for comparison. These little guys purr like a kitten, totally unlike todays’ benchtop units that scream at 90+ decibels and destroy the quiet relaxation I enjoy in my shop. Way cool! More on my de-evolutionized shop later. Thanks for looking!!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#1 posted 08-22-2011 03:14 AM

nice find I have heard of that brand but never used one before how does it run?


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#2 posted 08-22-2011 03:15 AM

For 10.00 I wouldn’t have let it go either. Looks like it will be serviceable.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#3 posted 08-22-2011 03:27 AM

@’therookie’: I prefer not to fire this up until I put my own motor on it, and a new stand, and get rid of the ungrounded circuitry! I’ll inspect the bearings, touch up the cutters, etc and clean up the rust a bit. derosa: These old units were built to be overhauled at some point in their lives, unlike the disposable ones sold today. so as long as the cutterhead is good, castings not cracked, it will undoubtedly sail again, under my flag. Mostly, I’m preferring to do my rips on my bandsaw, with a touch on the jointer before finishing with a few curls from my 4 1/2” smoother. My 10” King Canada saw, aka ’screech’, sits off in the corner most of the time. In storage I have a National 8” table saw of approximately the same vintage, I’d be using it now if I could find the right rip fence, and mitre gauge with that weird slot size!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#4 posted 08-22-2011 03:39 AM

That is sooooo cool. Seriously, everyone’s always clamouring for size; a small sharp reliable jointer would probably get used a lot in my shop. It will be nice for when you want to flatten an edge but don’t want to make a big production out of it. I love it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 08-22-2011 05:19 PM

Nice score..

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#6 posted 08-22-2011 05:30 PM

It’s found the right home – good score, Kat!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#7 posted 08-22-2011 05:34 PM

Poopie, that was a nice find. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 08-22-2011 06:37 PM

Congrats !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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