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Forum topic by DylanC posted 08-28-2014 03:10 AM 2874 views 1 time favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DylanC

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08-28-2014 03:10 AM

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.

-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...


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Loren

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#1 posted 08-28-2014 03:52 AM

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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#2 posted 08-28-2014 02:28 PM

I doubt the local shop could machine a new gib in an hour, so you are looking at the cost of the entire jointer. Look for another machine and see what you find if you don’t find the part you need. I wouldn’t go overboard on this.

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#3 posted 08-29-2014 02:54 AM

Thanks for the tip on OWWM…waiting for registration to be approved before I can post. Ebay was a bust.

-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...

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#4 posted 08-29-2014 02:58 AM

I see a lot of older craftsman jointers for cheap on craigslist.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#5 posted 09-20-2021 08:12 AM

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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#6 posted 09-20-2021 09:08 AM

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

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#7 posted 09-20-2021 05:16 PM

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.

-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...

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#8 posted 09-20-2021 06:27 PM



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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#9 posted 09-20-2021 06:34 PM



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.

- DylanC

OMG! That would be awesome. The part is #21632. It’s the wedge for the cutter blade.

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DylanC

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#10 posted 09-20-2021 11:26 PM

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.

-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...

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TonyTopper

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#11 posted 09-21-2021 04:59 AM



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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controlfreak

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#12 posted 09-21-2021 09:39 AM

Just keep replying and you should get “unlocked” at five or ten posts Tony.

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DylanC

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#13 posted 09-21-2021 05:00 PM

PM sent.

-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...

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#14 posted 10-11-2021 12:13 AM

Back up and running. Thanks again @DylanC.

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#15 posted 10-11-2021 01:38 AM

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

-- Aj

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