Help Needed in making a Home-Made jointer blade guard

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Forum topic by Milo posted 05-24-2009 10:50 PM 6423 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-24-2009 10:50 PM

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Hey gang,

Anyone have experience making a blade guard for a jointer? In particular, thoughts on how to rig the spring mechanism? I can make a porkchop guard, I hope!

Looking forward to your replies… Thanks!


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#1 posted 05-24-2009 10:57 PM

Could you post a pic of the hole in the jointer?

My jointer has a notch in the hole opening. The spring is coiled around the shaft that protrudes from the guard. One end of the spring is bent to catch the guard the other end of the spring fits into the notch in the hole opening.

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#2 posted 05-24-2009 11:42 PM

You can buy them from the manufacturer quite reasonably priced ,I bought one for a dewalt one I had .If the jointer is still made or have one fabricated from aluminium nylon or even wood if not.Alistair

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#3 posted 05-25-2009 12:18 AM

if anything – I’d consider making a european style guard – the one without the spring for 2 reasons:

1. easier to make.
2. better protection – protects the entire blade – throughout the entire cut as nothing is bring sprung away from the blade leaving it exposed.

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#4 posted 05-25-2009 02:38 AM

I like the old guards that Walker Turner and a few other guys used. Similar tot he european guard but it will pull away from the fence if you need it too which is good for edge jointing.

Its a long solid steel round with a head on the end of it which will ride up on the wood and out from the fence is something pushes it that way.

The round thing facing the camera does the vertical movement and the round on the bottom springs the back horizontal. I would think it possible to cobble somethign similar together with clock springs.

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#5 posted 05-25-2009 03:46 PM

My jointer looks VERY similar to marcb’s, but older and without the nice stand.

If anyone know where there are instructions online for building a guard, please point me toward it.



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