Is this jointer worth restoring?

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02-05-2013 05:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer machinery vintage

I found this upstairs in my parents shop (I’m using half of the downstairs for my workshop). I believe it was my grandparents since I don’t remember ever seeing my old man use it. I spun it by hand and it doesn’t seem seized, I’ve also never used a jointer but it could come in handy here in the future as I dive into more woodworking projects.
Is there still parts available? That’s my biggest concern, I could see myself getting it all cleaned up and not being able to find new blades etc. model number on the plate is 103.21820. sorry about pic quality, it was dark up there and I only had my phone. Any info appreciated!





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#1 posted 02-05-2013 06:08 PM

I wouldn’t worry about the blades, I’m sure you can fine replacements…..first see if you can have the old ones cleaned-up and sharpened. Clean it up check the bearings….maybe get a new belt…..give it a try …Free is good !


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#2 posted 02-05-2013 06:18 PM

I don’t think there is much you could do with that old thing.
Send it over to my shop and I’ll dispose of it for you. ;^)

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#3 posted 02-05-2013 06:24 PM

I believe that to be a King Seeley made for Sears and sold under their name. Looks to me like it only needs a little cleaning and blades….assuming the motor still runs. Should be quite serviceable. There are guys who look for old ‘arn just to restore it…several of these have been restored, pics at OWWM.

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#4 posted 02-05-2013 08:03 PM

That’s a good jointer, well worth a restoration. If the jointer blades can’t be sharpened for whatever reason, you can likely get 3rd party replacements, or ones from Sears. Getting used parts from broken jointers is also pretty easy for these jointers. But it looks complete.

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#5 posted 02-05-2013 08:56 PM

Brings back memories – that was the first machine I ever restored; I got my rusty hunk from a neighbor and I cleaned it up and adjusted it – and it did a fine job. I do recall that adjusting the outfeed and infeed tables was a royal pain. I found a PDF for you with the original operating instructions and parts list:

I recently replaced it in my shop with an old 6” delta jointer. I found the 4” jointer good for edge jointing but just too small for surfacing.

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#6 posted 02-06-2013 12:32 AM

Thanks for that pdf! That should come in handy if I decide to dig into restoring this thing


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#7 posted 02-06-2013 12:38 AM

Another vote for restoration.

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#8 posted 02-06-2013 12:40 AM

Usually you can get parts for anything craftsman on

Nice find!

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#9 posted 02-06-2013 12:42 AM

+2 for restoration.

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#10 posted 02-06-2013 03:26 AM

I had one of these machines for a while. Its well worth restoring.

Get blades here,

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#11 posted 02-06-2013 06:04 AM

My dad had one of those, and he liked it very much. But I never used it. I don’t think the outfeed table is adjustable on that jointer. You have to do all the outfeed alignment by adjusting the knives.

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#12 posted 02-06-2013 01:35 PM

Parts for Craftsman might be available but Sears only plans on the need for parts for a few years, based on breakage/useage. Sears always changes a few things from the original manufacturer so not all parts interchange. Know from experience.

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#13 posted 02-06-2013 03:24 PM

Wow, 10$ for blades isn’t bad at all, I figured the cost to restore would be over half of buying new, I may get away cheaper than I thought. Thanks for the info!


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#14 posted 02-06-2013 09:17 PM

Took a couple more pics in better lighting. I haven’t tested the motor since the plug was gone but it looks in bad shape, of course looks could be deceiving and it may run fine.
I was in a hurry and wiped it off real quick, it looks like theres some decent rust I’ll have to work through.


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#15 posted 02-06-2013 09:25 PM

I always replace the cords with 3 prong plugs, and drill/tap a hole to connect the engine body to ground. Pro tip: go to a mom & pop computer supply store and buy cords there. They’re nice and thick gauge cords, and cheap, like $3. Cut off the socket end. Voila.

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