Today was productive in the shop. I was going to get the baby jointer up and running so I could fix my sled fence glue up, which, really was fairly close the second time. After running some errands, I assembled the Delta Bench Top jointer. You know, the one I bought for about $200 on closeout in September, I think. Got it out of the box for the first time yesterday and removed the glunk. Today I assembled the fence and the guard, fast, no brainer.
Decided I wanted to clamp it to my bench or a project table, so I cut out a piece of 3/4” ply, rounded the edges with the router, sanded it, put in recessed holes for 5/16” bolts with Forstner bits, and then gave it a double coat of clear Watco. Watco, always Watco. Then attached it to the jointer. Of course, I had to measure those holes precisely, etc., so that little deal was not instant project. But, it will last the life of the machine.
Clamped the jointer to one of my three project tables. This sled fence is not not short, it is 48” long, so I need 4’ on either end of the jointer. There was not enough room to clamp the jointer on my bench, mostly due to the dratted freezer. However, I have climbed on top of those flimsy looking project tables. I calculate they will hold about 400 pounds or more.
Checked the angle on the jointer fence. Mind you, I didn’t even adjust it, just screwed it together. Dead on with my Groz engineers square. I was amazed. You know, these things, meaning my bench top jointer, as well as my benchtop planer ( still in the box, unopened ) do not have the best reputations. Taped a copy of the speed selection chart to the side of the jointer, taped it good, meaning completly covered with tape. It will be there for the next 5 years, I know how those things go.
So I took a hose from the nearest DC outlet, I have DC hose piped all over the place, and put the end near the dust chute ( going to make an adapter to the jointer later ), and turned it on. First did a practice run on my first sled fence, the one I plan to discard. It would need a lot more than the 1/32” I set it at. That is the first time I ever used a jointer. Fine.
Now to the real sled fence. Checked it again on the RAS table, which is very flat. Yup, it was a little rocky. So to the jointer. Did the bottom and the top.
Just 1/32” They turned out absolutely flat. Wow was that easy.
Now I know why you have to have a jointer! I knew I bought that thing for a reason. Although I wasn’t certain at the time…....(-:
OK, not today, probably tomorrow when my mind has had time to get in the groove, leave the stresses of the job behind, gonna rout the grooves on the sled base for the T-track. I ain’t gonna take no chances. I am going to hem that router in with clamped on guides.
So at least I can pull the router out of my little cheapo table, and put it in the plunge base.
...............hmmmm. The legs are not long enough, and that router is not gonna come out easy. Had to take the base off, not easy….......well dummy….......the same way I put it in.
....WHAT WAS I THINKING???
My cheapo table was designed for small cheapo routers. Mind you it is only the cheap short stamped steel legs that are at fault. Nothing wrong with the fence and the table top, remember, it was even perfectly predrilled for my above the table height adjustment.
Not going to abandon the top. I am going to make a plywood box underneath it with door to remove the router, DC port and connection to the table side DC. I looked at Lowes today, the Bosch table for $170 would still need modification for DC. Not that much better otherwise. Better, but not $170 worth.
For those of you not following earlier, I have above table bit change and height adjustment with the Bosch router I recently bought, much to my amazement. Also know I plan to put a router section in my table saw cabinet. But that is a least 6 months or more down the road. I need a router table to make the stuff for my new shop arrangement. So another project…........
In summary, great results with the jointer, stuff to do with the router. Don’t know whether the sled or the router table will take precedence, probably the sled.
...another interesting, and very fun, day in the shop…you all have a good day too!
-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska