It's been a while since I posted with moving into a new house, changing jobs and setting up a new shop. I have lurked a little but my internet time has been limited. With all of the expensisof the new house I have put off buying a big joiner. I want at least an 8" when I buy one so I decided to wait until I can offerd what I want. I had this little jewel in storage. It's an Atlas Press 4" joiner. It needed a base and it didn't have a motor. I didn't know it condition of this little guy but I figured that it might be worth giving it a second chance at life. I also didn't want to put a lot of money into it.
I cleaned off the surface rust and built a stand for it from some OSB and 2 x 4's I had laying around. Not knowing how it was going to work I decided to go cheap on the motor. I had a spare 1/2 HP bench grinder laying around so I decided to use it with the intention of replacing it with something larger if the joiner worked out. I picked up a couple of pulleys and belt from the local True Value Store.
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It works great, I used it to edge joint some 1" thick White Oak for a small table I am building and the joints came out perfect. I also tride to face joint a few pieces and had great results. I guess this will get buy until I can get a bigger one.