Tools, Toys, and Accessories #2: Old Arn - Craftsman 103.20620 6" Jointer

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Blog entry by HerbC posted 03-06-2012 03:12 AM 4825 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I check the local craigslist tool section on a regular basis. One of the tools I’ve been looking for is a jointer. My requirements were that it be at least 6” wide cutter/bed, that it run, and that it cost $150 max.

Several jointers have shown up over the last year but either didn’t meet one of my requirements or was gone by the time I saw the listing and called.

Last Saturday the weather was a bit on the miserable side here, with quite a bit of wind and brief spells of hard rain. I was at my computer and decided to check craigslist. There was a listing for a 6” Craftsman jointer, listed for $75.00. I called and the owner said he still had it and it did run.

So, I consulted my wife and we agreed that I would buy the jointer if it lived up to the promise when viewed in person. I must admit her questions about why did a guy who cut off a finger on a table saw and whose father cut off two fingers on a jointer really need a jointer were a bit tough to answer but in the end we agreed to the purchase.

I called the owner back and confirmed that he still had it and that I wanted it. A twenty minute drive in intermittent rain and three attempts to find the right house and finally I got there. He plugged in the power cord and pushed the ON switch and it started up smoothly. The blades seemed clean and un-nicked. The bed has some minor surface rust and the depth adjustment seemed frozen. He admitted that he had not used it for several years.

Bottom line, since it was what I was looking for I paid him and brought it home.

Ironically it’s the same model as my father had when he cut his fingers off. I’ll try to avoid that on this one.

Remember, have fun but Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#1 posted 03-06-2012 05:04 AM

Good Luck on your new jointer. I have one similiar. Even with the rust.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 03-06-2012 01:23 PM

A little elbow grease, some TLC and perhaps a belt(?) and you sould have a very nice jointer. I certainly hope the height adjustment can be dealt with. I’m not familiar with this particular model, but old iron was made to a “tougher” standard than today’s plastic/metal machines!

You should consider doing a blog on a restoration of this hunk of old iron! I, for one, would love to see a life resurrected!

Good luck!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 03-06-2012 02:37 PM

I think mine is identical as far as the Jointer it’s self is concerned. It may be the next newer one. It has a sheet metal frame and legs. It’s been in almost daily service since 1975. I’m sure happy with it. Good luck on your restoration.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 03-06-2012 04:07 PM


I applied a few drops of BlueCreeper to several points on the height adjustment crank/shaft and it turns much better now. Still a bit stiff but it’s useable now.

I’m not going to do a major restoration now, perhaps later on. For the moment I’ll just clean up the rust on the bed and fence and apply a good coat of paste wax.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#5 posted 03-06-2012 04:09 PM

Nice jointer!

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#6 posted 02-15-2013 02:38 PM

Hey Herb,

I know this is an old blog but I couldn’t resist showing you the jointer that I run across on craigslist. It was much like yours when I got it but after a little TLC, she turned out nice.


-- Ken, Mississippi

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#7 posted 08-17-2016 05:43 PM

I have the exact same jointer if anyone would be interested in its all there except the motor has been changed I live in Canton, Ohio just drop me a line if interested

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