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Posted on restoring boice crane jointer 1400

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#1 posted 03-29-2020 09:14 PM

What do you mean “Well Seated”? Those knives ‘float’... they should not be sitting on anything, and you adjust them against the outfeed table. They do not have to be, or need to be, parallel with the cutter head – as long as they are parallel with the table.

BTW: I did the ‘movement’ method for a long time and always got mixed results. It wasn’t until I got a dial indicator that I saw just how far off that method can be. Do yourself a favor, get a dial indicator to set your knives!! You will be glad you did. You can pick up a decent set along with a magnetic base and different tips on Amazon for about $30. The replacement tips are really useful, as one is a large wide tip that is perfect for the knives; the stock tip on the indicator is usually a small ball bearing type and difficult to keep on the knife edge.

Also, are you sure your bearings are in good condition? The first thing I do with new to me used equipment is replace the bearings to make sure. Cheap insurance to prevent much more costly damage down the road. The bearings on that machine are pretty easy to replace, and the motor should be easy as well. I documented my restore over at the OWWM site, where you can find more info on the bearing replacement.


PS: Once you get the dial indicator, you will discover a ton of other uses for it besides just setting knives!

PSS: If you don’t already have it, the manual can be found here.

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