4 inch jointer restored

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Blog entry by metolius posted 05-01-2017 08:15 PM 1706 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A neighbor passed on his Rockwell 37-130 4 inch jointer to me last fall. I really liked the compact size and metal stand, but it was in barn-find shape.

On/off through the winter I worked it over with new blades; new 1/2hp motor with pulley; new link belt; replaced wiring and switch, added chip collection; a mobile base; fresh paint; and polished the beds.

For personal touch, a wooden pulley guard replaced a bent sheet metal. The wood top is only a skirt to cover misc holes in the top of the stand to keep the internal motor cleaner.

I haven’t had much practice in machine jointer use. I am looking forward to how it may accelerate some tasks. Proud to have focused some effort on it, past a few pictures, it should never be this clean again.

-- derek / oregon

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#1 posted 05-01-2017 08:53 PM

That looks great! You put a lot of attention and time into that. I’ve never seen a nicer looking 4”.

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#2 posted 05-02-2017 12:51 AM

What a beautiful restoration! How did you get the tables so clean??

I grew up with one of these machines—exact same design, maybe a decade older. The compact size is great, and ours got lots of work even with an 8” machine just steps away. I remember that setting the knives on the smaller machine was WAY easier than on the larger—shop rules were “you nick them, you replace them” and I got too much practice.

-- Matthew, from beautiful Wisconsin USA

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#3 posted 05-02-2017 01:49 AM


Getting the table clean was an interesting experiment. I started with scotch pads and solvent. Later, I stretched shop cloths over my hand sander and went to town with “bon ami” which is like “bar keepers friend”. I topped it off with bri-wax when I was happy enough with it.

-- derek / oregon

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#4 posted 05-02-2017 03:44 AM

Outstanding restoration.

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#5 posted 05-02-2017 12:57 PM

What a great idea. I love bar keeper’s friend for my pots. Never even thought of it for tool restoration.

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#6 posted 05-09-2017 11:33 PM

That’s a peach! I’d be proud to have that in my shop. Nice Work.

-- Sawdust makes me whole --Mike in STL

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