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Forum topic by zave posted 03-20-2018 05:40 PM 932 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-20-2018 05:40 PM

Picked up this jointer for $40 off craigslist yesterday. I knew it was missing the fence but for $40 I figured it was worth getting to see if I can rig up some sort of fence! I plan on getting the whole thing cleaned up and need to work on a fence. Does anyone have any ideas for how to make a fence for this? Thanks!

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#1 posted 03-20-2018 06:17 PM

The easiest is probably to rip two pieces of plywood or MDF using the factory edge against the rip fence (usually super accurate). Screw them together along the edge into an “L” profile. Add a couple triangular gussets to keep the the shape locked at 90.

I’d bolt the fence to the two bolts sticking out of the back of the outfeed table.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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#2 posted 03-20-2018 10:54 PM

Thanks William! That’s along the lines of what I was thinking

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#3 posted 03-20-2018 11:39 PM

A second layer to the face of the fence can
be screwed on with paper shims in between
the layers to make it more square if needed.

I built a tilting plywood fence after Galen Winchip’s
wood jointer design but the piano hinges I
used had excessive play. I sold the jointer
which had come to me with a fence missing
parts before I figured out a really good solution.
I had also added some scrap metal to the iron
fence and used it like that. Neither fence was
satisfactory but I was just starting out with
woodworking and old machines so I didn’t mind
that much.

If you can find a good-size cross section of
aluminum angle, those are quite square and
again a wood face can be added with paper
shims (or beer can for thicker shims). Steel
angle is not reliablly square as I recall but square
steel tubing is very square and straight.

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#4 posted 03-21-2018 01:24 AM

Check You might get lucky and find one.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#5 posted 03-21-2018 08:39 PM

Wow! Great find.
That looks like a fun project to me.
Please post progress pics so we can follow along!


-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#6 posted 03-30-2018 04:53 PM

Well the fence is done! I ended up going with 2×3 aluminum angle and mounted it to the original two bolt holes. I then mounted a price of 2×4 aluminum rectangle tube on top of that with 5 inch bolts running all the way through to the angle. It needed some shimming so I added some thin flashing by each bolt until I could get it as square as possible. Jointed then planed my first board and it turned out great! All in on this jointer for $80…not too bad!

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#7 posted 03-30-2018 07:03 PM

Looks like a good idea you did well. Nice jointer

-- Aj

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