When ever I get the opportunity to see another shop I’m always looking to see how they do things or the tools they use, always looking for a better idea. Even when looking at the pictures or videos posted here I’m looking at the background and saying to myself (ah look what he has), admit it you do it too. So I’m going to talk about some of the procedures I use or just the tools and jigs that make my life easier no matter how small they are. I’ll try to add something about once a week and I hope you like it. I’ll call it My -2- cents.
This is how I check my jointer for square after the digital tool tells me it’s square. I purposely put the fence off 5 degrees to make my point. It is possible to joint a couple of boards, slap them together on the bench and think that everything is square if you’re not careful with what you’re doing. You just might have one board bevel side up and the other bevel side down.
#1 I start by joining 2 boards and laying them on something flat like your table saw bed. Look at the joint.
#2 Next flip both over and check again.
#3 Flip one board and check again.
#4 Finally flip both over and check again.
If your jointer is not square it would have shown up on one of those checks. The reason for all the flips is to make sure you don’t have two matching bevels sliding together. Because the fence was 5 degrees out it showed up in the last check and that’s because I started out with the worst scenario being bevel up and bevel down. Now with that said when I mark the faces of two boards I want to glue up I still will joint them with one face against the fence and the other away from the fence for the best possible results and that’s my-2-cents.
-- Mike, Westport MA.