Jointer #2: De-rusting

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Blog entry by mIps posted 07-10-2016 10:22 PM 1148 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I finally had a chance to start tackling the jointer cleanup. luckily the in/out-feed tables were fairly clean and had only light rust. I took two passes with rust cleaner on both and then a light sand with WD-40 as “lubricant”. They cleaned right up and look good. The cutter head is a different story. It’s more rusted and harder to clean. I did the best I could with a wire brush and a green scrub pad. I’ll know later if I helped any in getting the old blades out. Sadly, I learned that the infeed table has a slight dish to it and, without re-grinding or LOTS of sanding, it’s as good as it’s going to get. To be honest, I don;t even know if its worth re-grinding it. That would likely cost more than I paid and more than it’s worth. Ah well.
Pics attached.

This is the beast without it’s fence. Tables are level with each other. Good!

The out-feed side. Some discoloration but flat and smoooooooth.

Cutter head with old blades in. Meh.

The in-feed side. Closup with level on it. I don’t know if you can tell but there is a slight dip right in the middle.

Next up is waxing the tables and trying to get the blades out.

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#1 posted 07-12-2016 11:05 PM

In all honesty, the infeed table being dished really isnt going to affect your work. As your material hits the knives the OUTFEED table is the one that needs to be straight and true. Setting infeed dictates the depth of cut your doing as you feed into knives. You hold your piece flat on the outfeed as you pass your wood through the planer.
I have a Craftsman jointer like that for 40 years, heavy and works great.

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#2 posted 07-13-2016 01:09 AM

Yep. I want to try to get it off of the splayed base and onto a wood pedestal base to save some space in my already tight garage but that is a project for later.

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