Old Power Tools #1: Antique Sears Craftsman Jointer

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Blog entry by GaryCN posted 02-24-2009 08:27 AM 16278 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a few very old tools, This one was not in the view of my workshop photo’s. I’m somewhat proud that I acquired it at a garage sale for about $25 ten years ago and it is still working. I made the stand,
that has a chip collection basket in the center door.Craftsman 40 Jointer
I did purchase it without any motor. I’m guessing that it was made in the early 1960’s. The nameplate
does say Sears Roebuck and Co. Simpson-Sears LTD.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#1 posted 02-24-2009 11:34 AM

Looks like it,s built like a tank. I love the “chevy belair” style cast script on the side.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#2 posted 02-24-2009 02:33 PM

Gary, Nice vintage jointer and I also like the custom stand. What model # jointer is that? I also have a “few” vintage machines in my shop and I prefer using them over something that is new. Always lookting to increase my heard of tools.

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

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#3 posted 02-24-2009 02:37 PM

You might like

Nice piece of machinery. may have a copy of the manual

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#4 posted 02-24-2009 04:04 PM

Model # is 103.20680

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#5 posted 02-24-2009 04:20 PM

Great example of a time when they made stuff to last forever. I, too, love old tools. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#6 posted 02-24-2009 04:40 PM

I love the older tools like that

-- Got Wood?

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#7 posted 02-24-2009 08:39 PM

That’s a very pretty machine, Gary!

I love older tools as well, They Just Don’t Build Them Like They Used To. My planer is a Craftsman branded Foley-Belsaw model 910 that I found on Craigslist. It is ROCK solid. As an example of this, I made the mistake of trying to move it to the basement by myself. A few steps down my grip slipped and it went tumbling end over end. The only thing that was damaged was one of the 1/4” brackets for the flip-up cover!

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#8 posted 02-25-2009 03:21 AM

Sweet find! Did a great job on the stand.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#9 posted 11-10-2009 11:01 AM

I just bought one just like that at a garage sale for $5.00. One weir was lose hooked it up and ran fine. It dose need a makeover any tips?

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#10 posted 11-11-2009 05:01 PM

You can get the knife here
1/8” X 5/8” X 4” you might have to call them but that size is hard to find

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#11 posted 06-24-2012 03:29 AM

SO, I have this same model, in pieces. any tips on getting the depth slide back together?

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#12 posted 06-27-2012 01:10 PM

I have never had that part disassembled, the handle pulls out to unlock it is spring loaded.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#13 posted 09-24-2012 08:09 PM

My grandfather has this exact item he bought new in 1957. I was wondering where one might get a new knife for one. I see garycn listed a website. But i didn’t know if there was a part number or something.

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#14 posted 09-25-2012 02:04 PM

The set i ordered from Titan Knife was labeled T1 #04118o (3) 4” X 5/8” X 1/8” I had to call them 541-345-1122

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#15 posted 09-25-2012 02:10 PM

If you don’t mind me asking how much did it run you. I am sort of on a budget.

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