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A little mishap in the shop caused me to basically destroy a set of jointer knives and one of the wedges that secures the knives in the head. The actual cutterhead was damaged also, but I think that part is repairable. The shaft and cutterhead are separate, with the head locked in place by set screws. These parts are long since obsoleted by sears. To the best of my knowledge, there are no spiral carbide cutterheads will fit onto a shaft like this.

So, I need to source a second hand wedge. They look to have been used on most Craftsman 6-1/8" jointers built during the 70s and 80s. Anyone have some good ideas? LAST resort would be to fabricate one. I know a local shop that charges $50/hr for fabrication work.
 

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They are called "gibs". You may be able to find a complete
cutterhead with gibs on ebay, but if you ask on the BOYD
subforum at http://owwm.org somebody may take pity
on you. Chances are gibs from other jonters will fit as
well, but again, somebody on owwm.org will be the
one to know, not me.
 

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This sounds like exactly what just happened to me on my Craftsman 113.206931.

Fabrication had crossed my mind. But I do doubt it can be done for a price that makes it worth it. Hopefully something pops up on ebay or craigslist.

Are there other forums besides owwm.org where I may be able to mine for parts?
 

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What parts do you need? I was able to get a complete cutter head from someone on OWWM, so I think I still might have my old parts available.
 

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Knowing what I paid for my 6 1/8" Craftsman ($150) I think it may be more cost effective to just upgrade.

- controlfreak
Yeah, this is true. Except, this was my dad's old jointer so it has some sentimental value. It was free. Figured it's worth a try to find the part, Craftsman part #21632. Though I might be better off with a whole new cutter assembly since it did get a little damaged. But same as the OP I think that will still work.

These things seem somewhat common, right? If I am patient, hopefully, something will turn up. I see two on Craigslist in my area that have the part, but as usual, I think the seller is overvaluing the thing.

Back to doing joins with the table saw for now.
 

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I ve got two wedges and you can have them both. Send me a PM with your address and we ll work out the rest.

- DylanC
That sounds great. Unfortunately, Lunberjocks won't let me send messages until I have more posts on the site. I think it will let me reply to messages though.

Do you mind sending me a PM I can replay to?
 

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That looks a lot like my first jointer maybe newer. I used craftsman jointer until the knives flew out and distorted the head from what I remember.
I think that gib design is flawed and poor. It's also a patience building machine because the outfeed table is fixed.
Once the internet was born I discovered better designs.
If your beds are flat it might be worth keeping around for gluing sandpaper to.
Other wise it's a terrible machine
Good Luck
 
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