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post #1 of 20 Old 03-30-2019, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Vintage Craftsman Jointer

I've wanted to add a Jointer to my collection for a while. I was thinking about picking one up, likely a newer, used model. Then I started looking at vintage machines and they really struck a chord with me. I have a Walker Turner band saw from the 30's and it is a beast, all cast iron, really nice lookng castings IMO.

I was checking out FB Market place one morning and I found an older Craftsman 6" that I thought was pretty cool, $100 so I figured wth, I will give it a whirl. Messaged the seller, it was his Dad's, it's in a town that is about an hour out of my way on a return trip from a business meeting so I scheduled a pick up this coming week.

I started doing some research on the Jointer and surprisingly found out that it was manufactured for Craftsman by Walker Turner! Circa 1936 or 1937, about the same as my bandsaw, I was pretty stoked.

Before I turned in that night and I couldn't believe it, another of the exact same jointer in a town 20 miles away, same price, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to have extra parts for an 80+ year old jointer, and I bought it.

I actually picked it up the next day and had a great time tearing it apart. Pretty simply machine, very heavy duty fence. The badge on it is in very good shape, I'm on the fence on whether I will repaint it, that 80 year old paint is pretty cool IMO. Now I am looking for a stand, WT had a gorgeous cast stand for thier version, unlikely I will ever find one, but I will look, there was also a steel stand, I have already located one of those.

Pics in order, #1 jointer, #2 jointer, #2 tables cleaned up, #2 badge, Original color from under the indicator, WT cast stand(not mine), WT steel stand
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I've wanted to add a Jointer to my collection for a while. I was thinking about picking one up, likely a newer, used model. Then I started looking at vintage machines and they really struck a chord with me. I have a Walker Turner band saw from the 30's and it is a beast, all cast iron, really nice lookng castings IMO.



I was checking out FB Market place one morning and I found an older Craftsman 6" that I thought was pretty cool, $100 so I figured wth, I will give it a whirl. Messaged the seller, it was his Dad's, it's in a town that is about an hour out of my way on a return trip from a business meeting so I scheduled a pick up this coming week.



I started doing some research on the Jointer and surprisingly found out that it was manufactured for Craftsman by Walker Turner! Circa 1936 or 1937, about the same as my bandsaw, I was pretty stoked.



Before I turned in that night and I couldn't believe it, another of the exact same jointer in a town 20 miles away, same price, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to have extra parts for an 80+ year old jointer, and I bought it.



I actually picked it up the next day and had a great time tearing it apart. Pretty simply machine, very heavy duty fence. The badge on it is in very good shape, I'm on the fence on whether I will repaint it, that 80 year old paint is pretty cool IMO. Now I am looking for a stand, WT had a gorgeous cast stand for thier version, unlikely I will ever find one, but I will look, there was also a steel stand, I have already located one of those.



Pics in order, #1 jointer, #2 jointer, #2 tables cleaned up, #2 badge, Original color from under the indicator, WT cast stand(not mine), WT steel stand


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That's a lot better jointer than what they have been selling in recent years. Tables are so short that it is very limited but still great for short work.
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That's a lot better jointer than what they have been selling in recent years. Tables are so short that it is very limited but still great for short work.
That's my main concern with it, although I don't envision doing a lot of longer pieces, will just have to see.
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That is really nice.
Great job cleaning it up.

How did you clean the rust?
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This one is not yours.......





This is the actual Walker Turner model, I assume? Ya gotta love that Art Deco design! Does your W/T bandsaw have this look?

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This is the actual Walker Turner model, I assume? Ya gotta love that Art Deco design! Does your W/T bandsaw have this look?
That is the WT version, and unfortunately it is not mine, I really like everything about that appearance wise.

My bandsaw is similar, not quite as pretty and new as Dad did the restoration about 30 years ago. It is a great machine, super for cutting metal, and great for wood too.
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Forgot to mention Jointer #2 came with a motor too, just pulled it out, cleaned it up, put a plug on the cord and it runs good!

Based on the logo on it I'm thinking it might be similar in age to the jointer. I don't think the forward/reverse switch is original, but I will leave it.
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Based on pics I've found that motor is the one that came with it. And the switch is factory as well.

That's the good.

The bad is I picked up Jointer #1 today. The pics of it showed it was a little rough, it is actually really rough. I honestly haven't found one usable part that I would replace one on #2 with. This is one of those deals that I easily could have backed out on the deal, but I gave my word, and I kept it. Now I have a bunch of parts that I need to figure out what to do with. Kind of a bummer, but it is what it is.

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Well this showed up today, original WT stand for the jointer, not the one I want, but will do until I find the all cast iron one... :)

Haven't decided but I think I am going to have it blasted, and powder coated.
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Fabulous!!

Great rescue and restoration of wonderful old tools! I believe Craftsman tools from 1928 (Introduction of the Craftsman brand) into the 1960s are often overlooked. Many of the tools were rebranded top of the line manufacturers. I am a hand tool enthusiast, and have a first edition, 1928, Craftsman hand plane. It was made by Sargent, a worthy competitor of Stanley, (on some instances, better). Beautiful craftsmanship.

Congrats on your fantastic find!
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Not much progress on the jointers this summer, but I am headed to Texas to pick up a complete WT 907 on the cast iron stand like the pic posted by @woodnthings above. My project queue is not getting smaller....
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Great job on the Jointer #2! Very nice bandsaw for sure, love the fence. Well with the 3rd jointer you will have plenty to do. You may be able to fix jointer #2 up with parts from #3 and sell to recoup your money on both!?! Best of luck.
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luv the old iron - great job all around!

was just looking at a 14" wt bandsaw on craiglist. not near as nice as yours.
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Pics of the latest machine, trying to schedule time for a short 7 hour round trip next week...
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Somehow I think with your abilities those short tables will eventually extended, looks like you are having fun anyway.

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the trouble with jointers ......

Typically, the base is too small for the top heavy cast iron tables. The "old iron" 14 to 16" jointers I've seen, like the Porter have huge bases with short legs that add side support. The tables seem to have gotten shorter for the home shop versions, another major issue. You can find older ones or specify new longer tables which makes the machine much more useful. I have taken to using a straight line jig on my table saw for lumber up to 8 ft long.

https://www.google.com/search?q=Port...r=1.25#imgrc=_

A short table will recreate a curve in an edge because as it reaches the end the far end of the table, it will follow that curved edge and allow it to droop. Countless questions have been posted ..."My jointer makes curved edges, Why?" The reason is the table has stopped supporting the entire length of the board.

I use a jointer like a hand plane with a motor. Each board gets "sighted" for curves before any processing happens. I remove the curve at each end by flipping the board end for end and sighting after a few passes. Eventually, the board gets straight enough to run a full pass over the cutterhead and it comes out "straighter"...... It seem ironic that to get a straight board you need to start with a straight board, well almost.

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Made the 7 hour round trip to Sulpher Springs TX on Tuesday. Met some great folks, the jointer was her Dad's and Grandfather's. They were so happy that someone got it that really appreciates what it is, they bought me lunch at a great diner as well. It's exactly what you would expect from an 80 + year old machine, lot's of use, still in very good shape for it's age. I pulled the jointer from the stand, and disassembled the stand to haul home so it would fit under the cover of my truck, and keep it dry in the rain we had that day. It has the original WT/Driver branded motor as well as the WT power switch.

I pulled the jointer apart Tuesday night, found a few issues, and fortunately I have 2 machines I can use for spare parts as I will need a few.

I need to complete some disassembly over the long weekend, then the parts are off to the powder coater next week.
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great score! looking forward to hearing how you make out with it! luv the ol' iron...
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great score! looking forward to hearing how you make out with it! luv the ol' iron...
I do too, have been talking to a person on FB Marketplace that has a "Sears" table saw. Didn't match up with anything I have ever seen, and couldn't get the seller to get me another picture(I think she is elderly).

I told her I thought it was a Walker Turner, finally talked her into looking at the badge on the front, it is a Walker Turner...

As much as I do not need the saw at all, I may buy it and put it in storage as a future project, although this particular version has some quirks that make it less desireable. I've also attached a clip of the newer version of the saw.

What I really want to find next is a WT Drill press. Lots of them out there, but for some reason folks think they are worth their weight in gold.
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