Shop Update #23: Jointer woes...

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Blog entry by TheKingInYellow posted 07-31-2011 03:43 PM 1154 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 22: Tidying, organizing and pics of my progress Part 23 of Shop Update series Part 24: Jointer update and plans for the weekend »

I had put off dialing in my new Rikon Jointer until my knife setting jig arrived, which it did on Friday. So yesterday I grabbed a square to square up the fence and then align the knives.

Squaring the fence to the infeed table went swimmingly but to my alarm the fence was then out of square with the outfeed. I checked the fence with my trusty Lee Valley straightedge, and it was dead flat.

Dreading what I was going to find, I clamped the straightedge to the outfeed and grabbed my feeler gauges to check the tables for co-planar. To my dismay, the infeed was dipping in one corner by over 12 thou. This is not a parallelogram jointer so I didn’t have much option to try and fix it other than backing off the locking nuts on the gib screws and trying to finesse it a bit. Well, no dice, the infeed table is flat but it’s not co-planar to the outfield at all.

I got it as close as I can but after jointing two spare cutoffs of 2×4 you can easily see with the naked eye that you don’t end up with anything close to square. Sigh.

I’ll call my dealer on Tuesday and see what they can do for me. In the meantime, I’ll work on running the 220v for my 0690.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 08-02-2011 12:01 AM

Have you tried adjusting the outfeed gib screws also? If not, there may not be enough adjustment on the infeed side to bring it co-planer. They just need to be right in relation to each other. Of course if you do adjust the outfeed, you might also need to reset the height to the knife height. That is relatively simple.

I hope this helps. It is much easier to find the problem when I am at the jointer, so of course I’m guessing.


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#2 posted 08-03-2011 03:03 AM

I had the same problem, the fix is relatively simple . loosen the gib screws on the side that is dipping
pry up on the jointer bed at bottom of the dovetail ways, put a shim in that corner.and retighten the gibs
old feeler gauges or pop cans make good shims if you don’t have shim stock.
hope this helps
Phillip from Kentucky

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#3 posted 08-03-2011 04:08 AM

Yeah I know I can shim it, but it seems like something I shouldn’t have to do with a brand new out of the box jointer. I’ve been fiddling with it all week, and I’m calling the store tomorrow. I’ll see what they want to do about it.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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