Scrap walnut star knob for benchtop jointer.

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Project by dbhost posted 03-17-2014 02:31 AM 2416 views 5 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So in beginning to prep stock for the mission dog kennel / end table, I pulled the jointer over onto the bench, and went to square up / adjust the fence when one of the push paddle handle things on the fence in / out control decided that plastic wasn’t an optimum choice of materials for this function, and fell to pieces…

Now my jointer, a Sunhill SM-150B is out of production, well not exactly, but it is a rebranded Geetech 6” benchtop jointer, and parts aren’t super easy to come by, not to mention that I needed my jointer working NOW now in 6 days to whenever whomever I can get parts from ships and I receive it… So what to do?

Knowing a bit about how these are made, and the space involved at full extension / compression I knew I had room for a 2” star knob. However the thread I needed to deal with is a 6MM fine thread, not something I had handy in my star knob collection, so what to do?

Make one!

I will spare you the windy verbage of my how I did it, but if you are interested, go to my blog at check it out.

The first and second photos here are of the finished product with the lacquer finish dried. The third is with just tung oil, and the fourth is just a shot of the scrap of walnut sapwood this came from.

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 03-17-2014 04:47 AM

I think that is called a “save” for the jointer. Good going…................

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 03-17-2014 05:12 AM

Getting the job accomplished! The phrase “necessity is the mother of invention” comes to mind. :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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