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Manufactured/Badged by:
C. O. Porter Machinery Co.
Grand Rapids, MI

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Jointer
Machine Size: 5"
Submitted By: Bill Simmeth
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: The Porter Jr
Date of Manufacturer: 1910's
Serial Number:
Last Updated 11/4/2007 7:18:48 AM

I acquired this little Porter through eBay from a gentleman in Upstate New York along the Vermont border. The seller acquired the machine some time ago from the town's cabinet maker. In his eBay listing, the seller displayed a 1911 advertisement from 'Manual Training Magazine' (reproduced below). The ad depicts the jointer as a 5-inch model and shows the 5" casting mark on the front of the jointer as my jointer has. Interestingly, in the 1918 Porter catalog, the Porter Jr is listed as a 6-inch model and is shown without the 5" casting mark. This is repeated in the 1920 advertisement found in this site's Images section. Therefore, I must conclude that this jointer was produced in the 1910-1918 timeframe. While the Porter Jr has a small capacity, the 1918 catalog lists the 6-inch model at 257 pounds.

A big thank you to Robert Bernstein who is kind enough to take in the little Porter until such time as I can effect transport to the South.

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Comments: Front View
Source: Robert Bernstein
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Photo 2:

Comments: Rear view of fence showing maker's mark
Source: Robert Bernstein
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Comments: 1911 Advertisement
Source: 'Manual Training Magazine' Volume XII, Number 1
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