A Quick Restoration of a

Craftsman-badged Parks Planer

Minimal effort to get a machine up & running

While my Oliver 399 hovers in a "holding pattern" waiting for parts, I happened upon an ad at my local hardwoods dealer for a Craftman Planer. I called and scheduled an appointment between snowfalls to check it out and handed over the $200 the seller was asking. The gentleman selling it had used it in his auto restoration business, a firm that specialized in rebuilding Franklins, an air-cooled vehicle that sported a laminated ash frame.

I didn't have the time to do a full rebuild, besides, I don't think the machine actually needed it. This page really shows the steps used to fabricate a belt guard.

Although on the dirty side of the "condition" scale, the planer was functional. The base is actually from a Powermatic Model 100 planer, the 2-horse motor is a Delta, and the machine also sported a Delta #132 switch assembly.

Left: Step one was to layout the profiles of the belt guard using 1/4" luan plywood. Since the pieces were going to serve as a guide for the Plasma cutting torch, they were cut to be 1/4" undersize on all cutting sides.

Below left: Since the right and left profiles were the same, the same template was used. An extra "flap" was added for one panel to provide for steel to wrap over the top of the guard. A kraftpaper hinge allows the flap to fold out of the way when the side template was flipped over for the second side. The plasma cutter's tip actually rides against the template and minimal burning occured... a very nice tool!

Below right: Following the attack with the plasma cutter, a box & pan brake, and the MIG welder, the guard is ready for final fitting, glazing putty, primer, and paint.

Here we have a dry-fit of the completed guard with the "new" switch box temporarily installed, too.

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