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Forum topic by Zabinsky posted 11-28-2016 03:28 PM 2828 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2016 03:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer help restoration blades newbie question tip

Hey there fellow woodworkers! I have been tinkering with wood for a little while now and finally have invested in a jointer. I found a Craftsman 113.206932 in the local classifieds and was able to pick it up for $100. I figured $300 at Lowes for a new one made of plastic vs an old piece of cast iron that still runs was a no brainer. Plus I was able to save $200 and have a machine that will last forever if taken care of.

Good news is that the jointer is in very good shape with nearly no rust anywhere. The cast iron top is still flat and after running some test boards, I was able to confirm that everything works as it should. The only downfall is the blades could use replaced and possibly some minor touch up or spray paint restoration come summer time.

That leads me to the real question…. Can anyone tell me what blades I need to get? I have very little knowledge of jointers other than basic fundamentals. I would like to put a decent set of blades on it that would last me a little while cutting walnut and cherry. Other than a model number for the machine, I know nothing else. Can anyone point me in the right direction on this? Thanks in advance!

Attached is some jointer porn : )

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#1 posted 11-28-2016 03:50 PM

Most 6” Craftsman Jointers take a standard 6 1/8 X 5/8 X 1/8 blade such as this set from Freud.

Good Luck!

Be Careful!


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#2 posted 11-28-2016 04:57 PM

You can download the Manuel for that jointer online.Just plug in the model #.
But don’t order the blades from Sears if they offer it.
They will be over priced.
Look for M2 or T1 high speed steel.
I’m glad your jointer has a adjustable outfeed table.Some of the early one didn’t and they a pain to set up.


-- Aj

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#3 posted 11-29-2016 05:48 AM

My dad used one of those for years, and liked it very much. The limitation is the short length, which pretty much limits you to short boards.

Aj2 is right: don’t get knives (or any other parts, such as bearings) from Sears, as (1) they will be very expensive, (2) the probably won’t have them, and (3) if they do have them, they will take forever to arrive. I ordered some part or other years ago, and waited for weeks. Finally went in to check (fortunately we had a local service center), and they pulled them out from under the counter. They’d been there quite a while, but of course the employees couldn’t be bothered to let me know.

Was very pissed.

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#4 posted 11-29-2016 06:36 AM

According to the manual for that machine, the knives are sears part number 18112, which has been replaced with part number 2293. Sears still sells them online for about $40 a set. According to the OWWM Wiki, the 2293 knives are 6-1/8” x 11/16” x 1/8”. Based on that size, the Freud C400 set will work (about $30), as will these Powertec's for under $20.

You can also resharpen your existing knives if they haven’t been ground down too small, which usually takes a LOT of sharpening :)


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#5 posted 11-29-2016 12:24 PM

Agree with Brad…I have a craftsman jointer that I can only run smaller boards through, not going to replace the knives…just sharpening them in place.

There is a video by Fine woodworking on sharpening in place, also, there’s a jointer knife hone from Highland Woodworking that uses 400 grit diamond stone which will run you around $12.00.

-- - Craig

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#6 posted 11-29-2016 02:19 PM

Wow, thanks everyone for the quick responses! I did get online and order those Freud blades through Amazon last night as I do not currently have the tools available to sharpen them my selves. Plus, the blades on there don’t look that great… I have seen a few posts on here about people restoring a similar model which has gotten me very excited to clean this baby up!

Now that the blades are on the way tomorrow, I need to figure out exactly how to replace them. I’ve changed the blades out on my planer before.. hoping its somewhat similar. Any tips, suggestions or how to’s on the upcoming change?

I think in the mean time i’ll start a project page on here for my current endeavors. Really enjoying this site so far and thank you all for the help!

-- We need more banjo!

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#7 posted 11-29-2016 03:11 PM

I have the same jointer- picked it up at a garage sale for $45. It works OK, but you’ll quickly find its limitations as I have already done. Shorter, small width boards are OK on it, but anything over 3” it struggles with and the motor bogs down.

Knives aren’t difficult to replace, however its probably not as simple as on your planer. They have to be adjusted individually which requires a straight edge and some patience.

I find the fence setup to be a bit hokey. It works, but I quickly loose confidence that it holds the angle after a could of passes so I recheck it frequently. The knob on the left is not for the outfeed table, its for the fence.

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#8 posted 11-29-2016 03:23 PM

Thanks for the input Tealetm! The price you paid made me cringe just a little… no matter though. It’s a good first step for me and luckily I do not do much on larger boards. Most of my projects are small so for now it should do what I need. For a first jointer to accompany my planer, it puts me in the right mindset of make everything flat and square. The knives will be my Saturday project if I don’t go and do some hunting. Hopefully it will be a valuable asset to my shop… starting to get a little worried lol!

-- We need more banjo!

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#9 posted 11-29-2016 03:37 PM

I have the same jointer. Setting the cut depth for about 1/16 or less will allow you to joint 6” wide stock. Sharp blades help, too. Here is the setting jig I use.
Woodcraft has the same one for a few bucks less.
Follow the directions and, once you get it set up, it’s fairly easy to set the blades. Maybe 20 minutes for all three.
The outfeed table is not adjustable.
There are procedures for controlling the stock, that will make your jointing easier and safer. Please read this. The first thing is a couple pushers to keep the stock down tight and help move it along. Most of all, they keep your fingers safe. The other procedures are just body positioning and pressure on the stock.

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#10 posted 11-29-2016 04:24 PM

Sorry scanner is broken so phone pics are all I have

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