Jointer Restoration #1: Tool Gloat

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Blog entry by HokieMojo posted 09-17-2010 05:27 AM 12822 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Jointer Restoration series Part 2: Some rust removal progress! (lots of pictures) »

I got this tool at a GREAT price on craigslist about a year ago. I actually remember the day. I was listening to the Hokie game on the radio on the way back from my purchase and I literally RAN into the house to see my Hokies complete one of the greatest comeback drives I’ve witnessed in my 15 years of watching Hokie football. Tyrod Taylor had lofted an 80 yard pass to Danny Coale against Nebraska and was about to complete the comback with an amazing scramble and touchdown pass just a couple plays later.

The football season hasn’t been as kind to us Hokies so far this year, but that’s another story. Back to woodworking. Here is the 8” Grizzly jointer I bought (i added the mobile base myself):

It was unfortunately stored in a shed with a dirt floor and LOTS of air circulation. While no water leaked on it, I think there was enough air circulation for morning dew to settle on the cast iron. Here is a shot of the bed:

And a shot of the fence (sorry for the awkward angle, its all I’ve got):

The motor supposedly runs, but these are original 15 year old bearings and will need replacing (same hods true for the cutter head):

It is pretty bad, but I was confident that I could clean it up reasonably well. My bigger concern was with the cutter head. The rust is pretty bad. It got the head, the screws, and the blades:

All the threaded parts were pretty bad.

A soak in evaporust cleaned it up well:

The bed height adjustment rods were PURE rust: They got the evapo rust treatment too and a coat of paint:

one more shot:

More posts to come soon (ok, more like eventually). I’m working hard to get up to speed on my blogs that I fell behind on this summer, but this is prime woodworking weather so the blogs will wait when the highs are in the 50s-70s. Enjoy and feel free to ask questions!

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#1 posted 09-17-2010 07:22 AM

aaah, finally, the jointer posts! sweet.

now that was definitely a big task to take dealing with all that rust, but nothing seems pitted and impossible to clean properly.

looking forward to hearing it humm

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 09-17-2010 07:32 AM

Very courageous undertaking! Looking forward to more!


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#3 posted 09-17-2010 07:50 AM

Love these resurrection from the dead threads.Take lots of pics!
It looks like it will clean up very nicely now that someone who cares has have done a great job so far.
Will you change to a spiral cutter head???

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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Tim Dahn

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#4 posted 09-17-2010 01:15 PM

Living 15 minutes from and having a daughter attending James Madison University…go DUKES!

This looks like a nice find, nice addition to the shop! Question on the bearings; Are the making noise? If not you may not need to replace them. Hopefully the rust will not seem as bad after removal.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#5 posted 09-17-2010 03:01 PM

go U.T. looks like a great tool . have fun!

-- gagewestern

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#6 posted 09-17-2010 04:23 PM

Grizzly machines seem to collect rust faster than some others. Otherwise they are good machines. Must be the chemistry in there steal

-- wchips

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#7 posted 09-17-2010 06:10 PM

Take yourself a “doctor Frankentein” award for reanimating the dead! ;)

(dead tool that is)

Congratulations. You can take pride in rescuing this wonderful old tool from the scrap heap.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#8 posted 09-17-2010 07:30 PM

Thanks Tiny,
I’ve got a way to go yet, but I think I’ll be able to get there. I thought this would be a good project to get my feet wet with.

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#9 posted 09-17-2010 07:55 PM

Nice jointer.

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#10 posted 09-20-2010 04:52 PM

No plans to change the cutterhead at the moment. I’m trying to complete this project without buying anything more than some bearings and a pair of belts. Depending on how involved the bearing replacement process is, I might need to replace the cutterhead though. Not sure. (-:

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#11 posted 09-21-2010 05:22 AM

I just posted the next in the series. Hope you enjoy.

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