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Late 1800's 12" Frank H. Clement jointer #7: It's running and passes the nickel test!

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Blog entry by jbswearingen posted 04-18-2019 01:54 PM 764 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My apologies for not keeping up here. With only sporadic work done on this thing and family, after school activities, and other things getting in the way, I kinda forgot.

The motor that came with the jointer failed. I haven’t diagnosed it yet, but I think there’s an internal short. It ran briefly, for a few minutes, but now when I power it up with my VFD (the motor is 3 phase), the VFD won’t get above 7Hz and there’s a click coming from inside the motor with each revolution. I’ll eventually get it looked at and decide whether it’s worth repairing.

For now (and maybe forever?) I installed a 5hp, 220V, single phase motor I salvaged from an old planer that I’m not using.

In the second video, you can hear some sniping at the end of the cut. I almost have that dialed out. I do have a guard for the unit, a Surty, which is mounted and works, but it’s a style that I’m not used to using and have to figure it out.

I also need to tweak my dust collection set up. It appears quite a bit is escaping.

Nickel test:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uYMJGS2ZuM

First board jointing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsKho6B76x4

-- Semper fi, Brad



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pottz

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#1 posted 04-18-2019 02:06 PM

man what a beauty,those old jointers just never die built like a tank rock solid as your nickle test showed.wish i had room for one,id love a 10”-12” to restore back to it’s glory.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 04-18-2019 02:12 PM



man what a beauty,those old jointers just never die built like a tank rock solid as your nickle test showed.wish i had room for one,id love a 10”-12” to restore back to it s glory.

- pottz

Yeah, before this, I had (currently trying to sell) a short bed (42”) 8” wide jointer because I had a tiny 1-car garage shop. Now that I have a 2-car garage shop, dedicated to woodworking, not cars, I was able to fit this in. Still tight, especially since this thing is just over 8’ long, but man, is it nice to use!

-- Semper fi, Brad

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pottz

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#3 posted 04-18-2019 06:12 PM


man what a beauty,those old jointers just never die built like a tank rock solid as your nickle test showed.wish i had room for one,id love a 10”-12” to restore back to it s glory.

- pottz

Yeah, before this, I had (currently trying to sell) a short bed (42”) 8” wide jointer because I had a tiny 1-car garage shop. Now that I have a 2-car garage shop, dedicated to woodworking, not cars, I was able to fit this in. Still tight, especially since this thing is just over 8 long, but man, is it nice to use!

- jbswearingen


have you thought of putting a shelix head on it,i just did on my jointer and man what a difference in quality of cut and noise level.not cheap though it would probably run ya 7-8 hundred!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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jbswearingen

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#4 posted 04-18-2019 06:20 PM

Yeah, I do plan on putting a Byrd head on it; I have one on my PM100 that I love. For my 12” jointer, though, it would be a custom head, as they don’t make one for this particular model. It’s about $1200 or so, but completely worth it, I think.

I have other things to pay for first, though!

-- Semper fi, Brad

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#5 posted 04-20-2019 06:52 AM

Beautiful machine. I love old iron and seek it out over new gear just because I like the feel of the history behind it. I’m definitely jealous of that beauty.

-- "The beatings will continue until the morale improves" --Grandpa

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