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Blog series by Julian updated 03-06-2016 03:43 AM 5 parts 12226 reads 24 comments total

Part 1: Getting Started on the Jointer

02-26-2016 04:59 AM by Julian | 4 comments »

I recently purchased an 8” jointer on Craigslist. I wanted more capacity than my 6” jointer. It only cost $200 but needs some work. Motor runs smooth but it has a lot of rust. The owner stored it outside for some time. At least he covered it with a tarp. I started with the base. Removed the bottom, black section, cleaned it, primed and painted. Then made a mobile base. Used a Rockler mobile base and purchased some 1 1/2” square steel tubing. Drilled the need...

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Part 2: Making Progress

02-27-2016 05:32 AM by Julian | 4 comments »

I finished the metal base cabinet today. The original color is not available so I just painted it silver. The jointer doesn’t have to look like the original. It just needs to work. The tables took about 2 hours to clean. I applied the toilet cleaner several times to eat away the rust. Then I used a palm sander with 180, 220, & 320 grits. The out-feed table has more pitting than the in-feed. The pitting does not show up in the photo. The tables just need to be flat and som...

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Part 3: Ready for re-assembly

02-29-2016 02:37 AM by Julian | 2 comments »

This weekend I finished cleaning underside of the jointer. Then I removed the old knives and cleaned up the cutter head.There is some pitting on the cutter head but that won’t affect performance.I ordered new knives from Infiinity Tools; they should arrive in 5-7 days. The fence and all it’s components are ready for re-assembly.

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Part 4: Jointer secured to base

03-04-2016 03:41 AM by Julian | 3 comments »

I maneuvered the jointer from the saw horses to the stand. This turned out easier than I thought; without any help. Still need to drill some holes to attach a dust chute I purchased. Next will be to install the new jointer knives. Still waiting for those to be delivered by mail. Then I’ll attach the fence and all it’s components and it will be done. I’ll put my 6” jointer up for sale to help make more room in the garage. This Delta jointer is 77” long.

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Part 5: Restoration Completed

03-06-2016 03:43 AM by Julian | 11 comments »

The restoration is completed. I am still waiting for the new jointer knives to arrive but everything else is completed.Cost for restoration was $130 (belt, paint, knives, dust chute, steel for mobile base). Jointer was only $200; so for $330 I have a 8” jointer that’s as good as new. I added a longer electrical cord. The original cord was too short.

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