SAVING A CLASSIC MACHINE
This jointer restoration was worth the effort.
SHOP OWNER: Craig Chappelow
LOCATION: Greensboro, NC
I bought this 30 year old 6-in. Powermatic jointer at an auction this summer. It worked OK but had been painted over twice and had some rusting on the base. I decided to give it a complete overhaul. This took a long time since I worked on it mostly at night--in fact I bought it on the hottest day of the year and finished it on the coldest day of the year.
When I got around to working on it, I took it completely apart--down to the last screw. This was pretty scary since I have never done this before. Fortunately I took pictures of it before so I would be sure to reassemble it correctly.
I contacted Powermatic who hooked me up with the closest paint color (Pittsburgh's Vista Green). I built a spray booth in my shop out of cardboard with a window fan and it worked great.
I used a cheap kitchen turntable to rotate the parts while painting. Since I don't have spray equipment I used spray cans. Rewired it, plugged it in, and the jointer works like a champ.. . . Craig Chappelow
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