Jointer Guard

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Project by bch posted 11-03-2011 05:17 AM 5399 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First Photo: The completed guard installed.
Second Photo: The spring mechanism.

The dowel has a small notch to hold the spring in this position. The plywood (I think) is 3/4” maple scrap. The dowel is 1/4” oak.

I bought this jointer at a garage sale for $100. He built the shop-built stand and added the motor. Unfortunately other than some numbers in a few spots I cannot determine it’s maker. It works surprisingly well. However it does not have its guard. After doing a little research online I drew inspiration from two sources: fellow LumberJock Brandon W and his Porkchop project, and an antique design that seemed to fit my machine on Please take the time to view these two designs—together they explain the design of my guard.

Unlike Brandon I did not have a bearing on hand. Mine is just a bolt and nut through a hole drilled in the plywood. I wasn’t sure if this would work out. It works perfectly, for now. I’m sure it won’t hold up as long as his. If in the future I have problems with my design, I’ll post about it here.

Thanks for your comments.


-- --bch

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#1 posted 11-03-2011 05:48 AM

Neat idea, what brand jointer is that?

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#2 posted 11-03-2011 10:14 AM

Well done! Nice score.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 11-03-2011 03:17 PM

Great solution! It looks like it should work, and it can be easily replaced when needed. The only critique I would have, is that you have lost a good bit of the width of the bed.

-- jbschutz

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#4 posted 11-03-2011 03:35 PM

I’m glad you found a good solution for your jointer and that my jointer guard was helpful!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 11-03-2011 05:58 PM

Jbschutz- I am aware that I am losing space on the bed. Sadly this was the original design of this jointer, as is evidenced by the location of the hole in the bed and location of the spring. This also was the design of the OldTimeMachines jointer I referenced in the post. On the old jointers this is how they did things, I guess. Regardless it’s not a big problem. I can quickly remove the guard with just one screw when I need to joint a board that won’t fit. If it does become a common problem, I can envision a more complicated attachment bracket that would clamp to the underside support and not interfere with the top of the bed. If it does become a problem, darn! I’ll need to spend some more time in the shop.

-- --bch

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#6 posted 11-05-2011 07:38 AM

I’ve got a short video of it working but I can’t figure out how to post it. I’ve got it in MP4 format and on PhotoBucket, but when I try to add it, it is not listed. Any help?

-- --bch

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#7 posted 11-15-2011 03:52 AM

I suggest you put an extension outside the bed and install the guard with the spring there just like what i did on my shopmade jointer. Those couple of inches you lost on the bed are very significant.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#8 posted 11-15-2011 04:00 AM

has a good idea
bolt an angle iron to the side of the out feed bed
and move the guard pivot to it
that way the whole cutter width
should become available

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 11-21-2011 10:38 PM


I really like the idea for the angle-iron. I hadn’t considered that, yet. I had thought of Armand’s suggestion of using a block of wood to move the pivot point off the bed.

Thanks, guys

-- --bch

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