Blade Wedges for 1972 Craftsman 6" Jointer

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Forum topic by DylanC posted 08-28-2014 03:10 AM 1485 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-28-2014 03:10 AM

A little mishap in the shop caused me to basically destroy a set of jointer knives and one of the wedges that secures the knives in the head. The actual cutterhead was damaged also, but I think that part is repairable. The shaft and cutterhead are separate, with the head locked in place by set screws. These parts are long since obsoleted by sears. To the best of my knowledge, there are no spiral carbide cutterheads will fit onto a shaft like this.

So, I need to source a second hand wedge. They look to have been used on most Craftsman 6-1/8” jointers built during the 70s and 80s. Anyone have some good ideas? LAST resort would be to fabricate one. I know a local shop that charges $50/hr for fabrication work.

-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...

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#1 posted 08-28-2014 03:52 AM

They are called “gibs”. You may be able to find a complete
cutterhead with gibs on ebay, but if you ask on the BOYD
subforum at somebody may take pity
on you. Chances are gibs from other jonters will fit as
well, but again, somebody on will be the
one to know, not me.

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#2 posted 08-28-2014 02:28 PM

I doubt the local shop could machine a new gib in an hour, so you are looking at the cost of the entire jointer. Look for another machine and see what you find if you don’t find the part you need. I wouldn’t go overboard on this.

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#3 posted 08-29-2014 02:54 AM

Thanks for the tip on OWWM…waiting for registration to be approved before I can post. Ebay was a bust.

-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...

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#4 posted 08-29-2014 02:58 AM

I see a lot of older craftsman jointers for cheap on craigslist.

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