Why I like Vintage Tools #6: Jointer Restoration

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Blog entry by brianinpa posted 10-30-2008 04:14 AM 4815 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I originally started this blog as a way of showing that old woodworking machines and tools a still very useful and really inexpensive. It has morphed into a restoration blog, because I now find that my wood working projects have become my wood working tools. It started with the planer that I just bought, then on to the grinder just to make it look nice, and now I have redone my jointer.

It is a Craftsman 103.23340 4 3/8” that I bought about one year ago for $10.00. When I brought it into my garage it was sporting a gray coat, and I was content with that but after completing the planer, I knew what I needed to do.

I had the jointer on a work table that had lots of open space so I knew the planer was going next to the jointer so everything would be on the same surface. After spending all the time making the planer look so nice I wasn’t going to put the planer next to the jointer with it looking the way it did, so I decided it was time to spruce up the jointer.

I completely disassembled, cleaned, and painted the jointer to match the planer. I also had the table the jointer was on with a big open hole on one side, so I filled it with the planer. Now I have my table for two.

As I stated earlier, I believe that old wood working machines are more reliable than new tools, they are really inexpensive compare to the price of new tools, and with a little bit of effort, they can look just as good as new tools. This is now my third complete restoration and I think I am in trouble…I am having too much fun, and the local auction house has tools for sale.

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

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#1 posted 10-30-2008 04:19 AM

They both turned out well. I have that same manual feed 6” Thickness planer in my shop. I haven’t used it for about 8 years though….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 10-30-2008 06:13 AM

What a transformation! Maybe you can turn your shop into a tool museum!

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#3 posted 10-30-2008 01:16 PM

They look great, you did a great restoration

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#4 posted 10-30-2008 05:15 PM

They all look great. Nice work and thanks for sharing.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 10-31-2008 12:08 AM

Nice restoration,

I like the Gold, & Black color coordination.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 10-31-2008 01:57 AM

Thanks to all for the compliments.

Leftie – I would be afraid that I wouldn’t be able to use them if I turned my shjop into a museum and that may upset my wife – the one who makes me use them :)

Dick – I got my inspiration mfrom my table saw. Now I just have to finish the saw to match this table.

I knew I wanted to restore all my tools, but wasn’t sure which way I was going to go with them – now I know.

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

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