Standing in line at an autoparts store the other day, and a gentleman turned to me and asked me if he needed to use gasket sealant on a rubber gasket for his oilpan. I told him “I don’t think so, since it’s rubber, but you could double check with the sales person, as I am a woodworker, not a mechanic.” Which is true, one of the things I hate to do is work on cars… weird I know, but I really dislike working on cars. Probably because when I was younger, I had no choice, I couldn’t afford to hire anyone to do anything. After changing a heater core in the middle of winter without a garage or any cover at all, it lost all appeal to me.
Anyway, the man said, “Oh I have something you might want to buy. Would you be interested in a jointer ?” I have been looking for one for a bit, but haven’t wanted to part with the money it takes to buy a new one. So I told him to send me some pictures of it, and I’d think about it. He sent me the pictures and the next day we had made a deal, and I went and picked it up. It “barely” fit into the back of our SUV. At approximately 250 lbs, it took myself and my son-in law to unload it into my garage. I moved it to my attached garage since that’s heated, and my barn is not. Yet….another project waiting on my attention.
When we picked it up it was very rusty on the cast iron top, as shown in the pictures below.
As you can tell from the above pics, alot of work needed to be done to the cast iron surfaces to bring them back to usable shape.
So, the first thing I did was get my cordless drill, and my brass brush and start cleaning off the surface rust with it. The brass being softer than the cast iron, only removes the rust. This has proven to me to be a fairly gentle way of removing heavy rust from iron.
After removing the bulk of the rust with the wire brush, I used an orbital sander with 220 grit paper and VERY gently sanded all the surfaces with that. Then after all the rust was gone, moved up to the 320 grit paper. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures of the sanding process. This took about 8 220 grit sheets, and about 3 320 grit sheets to complete. Not too bad really. After the sanding was completed, I brought out the Johnson’s paste wax and applied a liberal coating and let it dry for approximately 30 minutes.
After a few hours of elbow grease, I think it came out pretty well…as you can see below. Not bad for a rusty old jointer huh ?