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post #21 of 29 Old 02-07-2010, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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Your rate of feed seems painfully slow. I know you're making a video so
that may be the reason. I generally joint about twice that fast. Your 1/2HP motor will certainly not "flinch" at that rate and on an edge joint, but I wonder how it would work on a full face joint on a 6" maple board?
You may find it's a bit underpowered, but if it works for you then that's fine.
Your hand position should shift to downward pressure on the outfeed table as soon as possible, again maybe it's to show in the video. But you will open yourself to "observations" such as mine.
I would have liked to have seen more of the jointer itself on the video, but I realize you're trying to cram it all in the time limit.
Thanks for being courageous enough to post this. And nice work on the restoration! bill
You may want to search jointer operation here for more suggestions on straightening an edge by "eyeing" the board first, then removing some from each end to speed up the process in a bowed board, etc.
Thanks for the advise, it is actually one of the first times I have used a jointer....as you can see. The table is just over 4 inch, so I can't do 6 inch maple on it. Craftsman recommended a 1/3 HP motor, and a 1/2 HP motor for large work. I choose the latter. I can see what it will do if I up the speed, it is in no way bogging down. I'm just playing with some practice wood. But my results are good thus far. The first board I cut is within 0.010 inch, so my results came out good, even if by accident. I'm open to advise any time.
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I just picked up the same joiner from my dad last month (March 2010). It also is rusty and needs to be reconditioned. The screw (used to adjust the blade depth) is rusted and will not turn. How did you remove this when you restored your unit? I plan on tearing the entire thing down to clean and rebuild it. Also I will replace the bearing. What tool did you use to remove the bearing. Can I call you for further information?
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I just picked up the same joiner from my dad last month (March 2010). It also is rusty and needs to be reconditioned. The screw (used to adjust the blade depth) is rusted and will not turn. How did you remove this when you restored your unit? I plan on tearing the entire thing down to clean and rebuild it. Also I will replace the bearing. What tool did you use to remove the bearing. Can I call you for further information?
That screw adjusts the right table height. I would hit it with wd40 and a wire brush. Then work the hand crank back and forth until it moves. Then remove all the parts. There are a number a v shaped slides that also could be dirty from dust. Make sure you clean those good.

The two bearings are held in by c clips. Just squeeze them and pull strait out. The bearings should pop right out if they are clean. Hit them with a hammer if they are rusted. Clean the opening with steel wool. The shaft the blade chuck rides on can be trickey to remove. Leave the c clips on the bearings. Remove all of the bolts on the chuck with an Allen key. Use a piece of soft metal or wood to hit against, tap the shaft out. Be very carfull not to knick or make that shaft blunt at the end. The shaft has a tight tolerance.
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I have a 6" craftsman jointer, and that thing is a POS. I have tried setting it up several times, and it always yields unsatisfactory results. I am glad you got yours up and running properly.
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I have a 6" craftsman jointer, and that thing is a POS. I have tried setting it up several times, and it always yields unsatisfactory results. I am glad you got yours up and running properly.
Stuff sold in the 50's by Sears and Montgomery Ward was generally quite good. I have the same jointer, very well kept by my 91 year old father who has (thankfully) given up woodworking. Next to it is a Montgomery Ward band saw from the same era. Not fancy, but works like a charm.



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I have a 6" craftsman jointer, and that thing is a POS. I have tried setting it up several times, and it always yields unsatisfactory results. I am glad you got yours up and running properly.
Are the two tables parallel, are the blades parallel to the out table, are the blades still sharp? I do not have the best technique, but I generally have good results. On small boards I can straiten to 0.010 to 0.015 inch, I have had success straitening 8 foot boards to 0.050 inch. I have seen some wood shops that can do better on long pieces, but for what I do, I think I'm doing ok.
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This is a good thread, I enjoyed the pics and narrative and have learned a couple of things from it. I had an old Rockwell jointer about the same size. Wish I still had it. I have a couple of Craftsman tools from the same era (small table saw, belt/disc sander), and I want to restore them one of these days.

What do you think of the question of "restoring" vs "making useful again"? I mean, for example, do people put any stock in using the same paint (or at least color)? My own view is, I tend to care more about just continuing the useful life of the tool.
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Are the two tables parallel, are the blades parallel to the out table, are the blades still sharp? I do not have the best technique, but I generally have good results. On small boards I can straiten to 0.010 to 0.015 inch, I have had success straitening 8 foot boards to 0.050 inch. I have seen some wood shops that can do better on long pieces, but for what I do, I think I'm doing ok.

Everything on my jointer is as square as I can make it. I have spoken to a few others who have the same model, and they also get poor results. I think this particular model is just junk.

Now that I have my 8" parallelogram jointer, my boards all come out just as flat as the beds on my jointer. I love it. I ussually only joint pieces less than 36" inches though. I still haven't tried any long boards, but this jointer is massive, it should probably handle them with ease.

The refurbished jointer looks great though.
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Red face parts for old craftsman jointer

looking for parts craftsman jointer model 10320670
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