setting up an old jointer
I bought an old Chicago Machinery Jointer a few years back and recently thought I would try to bring it back to life. As far as a quality machine is concerned, I think this model is towards the bottom and I know you get what you pay for so, here is my problem....I purchased new blades for it and put them in easy enough but am having a terrible time setting them correctly. There are no micro adjustment screws on the blade mounts, just a channel to sit in resting on 2 springs. Each blade has a bar that holds the blade in place with 4 bolts to apply pressure against the frame of the blade housing. I have set each blade as good as I can and visually they look good enough to at least reach a starting point. The inward table and outward table are coplaner, and, again, as good as can be as there are minimal adjustment screws for these, too. Each table has 3 screws on the back of the jointer to simply take out the slop and wiggle of the tables. I have the original owner's manual and it basically says nothing about fine tuning the machine. No matter what I try I still get snipe on the last 1-2 inches of the material and I've tried different sizes and types of wood. Is it time to send this jointer to the scrap yard?