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Forum topic by jleiwig posted 04-20-2009 02:14 PM 2790 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-20-2009 02:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer jointer

Craigslist finally came through for me. Normally when I go old iron hunting everything on craigslist is 4-5 times the price of what I would pay for the quality. People want new tool prices for rust and missing pieces!

This time around, I found two very nice gentlemen who were getting rid of some great old iron at a great price. I picked up 3 different pieces.

First was a Boice-Crane Jointer. I think it was from the late 40s-50s. No manufacture date could be found on it. Complete except for the fence holding pin on the left end of the fence. Pictures will come soon. Still collecting pieces for my splooge tank. It has some rust on it, so electrolysis is going to help in that area.

Second was a Dayton 13” planer. Probably made in the late 70s or early 80s. Dayton is the house brand for granger. This is a nice piece. It’s a portable design, but the base and infeed and outfeed tables are solid cast iron, so it’s portable if your two big burly guys. Great shape..just need a light cleaning of the tables and sharpening of the blades.

Thirds was a Craftsman/ King-Seeley “alien” planer. I’ve wanted one of these since the first time I saw one on OWWM. It’s just too cool looking not to own one. However, I will probably just restore it and sell it as space is already at a premium in my world.

I also picked up an old GE motor from my buddy. It’s mounted on two standoffs that have rubber bushings around it to reduce vibration. I know nothing about it, but I hope it’s enough to run the jointer.

Pictures will follow as soon as I remember to charge the camera battery.

-- I intend to live forever, or die trying..........Justin, Ohio

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#1 posted 04-20-2009 03:20 PM

I fear I’m behind in terminology!
May I ask, please, What’s a “Splooge tank” and what is an “alien ” planer?
I guess I’m not in the loop about “old iron”, even though I’m plenty old enough to know!

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#2 posted 04-20-2009 03:38 PM

donbee… haha – good one! I’m with you on terminology… I’ll have to google those things.

Justin. congrats on the findings…. indeed, some people on craigslist are charing and arm and a leg for something that you can get cheaper – in the store …. but from my experience those don’t really get the business. most of my experience with craigslist is with fantastic folks that honestly want to pass on something to others.

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#3 posted 04-20-2009 04:37 PM

Alien Planer
Alien the Movie

A splooge tank is an electrolysis tank used to de-rust old cast iron.

Basically the plan is to restore these to good as new. The jointer will get the splooge tank, new ball bearings and a paint job and waterslide decals. The Dayton planer will just be cleaned up by hand. The Craftsman planer I have not decided how much work I want to put into it.

-- I intend to live forever, or die trying..........Justin, Ohio

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#4 posted 04-21-2009 06:07 AM

Gotta love that old arn. Check this out
That was a craigslist find for me. It was rough, but it turned out good. I recently bought spindles for a Grizz spindle sander, and had them cut down to fit this.
Thanks for the link to the tank.

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#5 posted 04-22-2009 02:10 AM


Craigslist is like a crap shoot. Sometime you win, sometimes other people win. Looks like you won this time. Good luck with the restorations.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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