Jointer stand

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Project by LumberDentist posted 12-24-2018 07:21 PM 993 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Happy Holidays All,

Had a few days off and therefore time to finish a project that’s been on my mind.

Background- I once had a ShopSmith (one of the old original models) and when I sold it I kept the jointer, as it is a really solid tool. But, it is belt driven. So it rattled around in the old noggin for a while until the father-in-law gave me an old Craftsman bench grinder. The cast iron base was cracked making the entire tool unusable.

So I thought, “Why not use the motor from the grinder to power the jointer?” Hence, this project.

1. Fabbed a base for the grinder

2. Layed out the jointer and motor on a shelf from my modular tool storage unit. See

3. Added t-tracks to the shelf.

4. Fabbed up some Rockler knock-off hold down clamps out of three pieces of hardboard. Then some quick ‘n dirty knobs. The prototype I designed in Sketchup:
Originally, I thought would just print some, but my resin is a bit too brittle for the stresses applied to a hold-down clamp. I could have redesigned it, but three pieces of hardboard work nicely.

5. Put everything in position and fired it up. The motor shifted slightly, allowing slack in the belt. Added some grippy fabric to the motor base, which allowed to enough grip to stay put.

Why not just permanently fix everything to the shelf?

Because I can’t position both tools on the shelf in a way that will make them usable AND slide back into the storage unit. Besides, I can use the shelf as a work-piece holder now that it has the t-tracks.

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#1 posted 12-24-2018 08:45 PM

I don’t know the rpm of your motor but it would appear to be too slow for a jointer. The drive pully on my jointer motor is at least 6” dia, while the cutter head pulley is under 3”, so the cutter head runs at least twice the rpm of the motor. Isn’t the old Craftsman grinder about 1750 rpm?

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 12-24-2018 09:08 PM

Nice stand. Does it flip to put the planer on top? Or do you move it up there?
I’m with Phil on the speed. I think if you turned that motor pulley around and ran the belt on the largest step, the jointer would perform better. I had one very similar and I think it had a 4” on the motor and 2” on the jointer

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 12-25-2018 04:22 PM

Well it is a great start. I am looking at your cute clamps and I am going out to the shop right now to make some for my Drill Press table… Used 6 inch Jointers are pretty cheap. When you are tired of this one sell it and buy a bigger one. I am not trying to be unkind, but I care that you get what you need to do some nice work. If you are going to keep this unit bolt it down for safety reasons.

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