Homemade 12" Jointer

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Project by geekwoodworker posted 06-27-2015 10:55 PM 4307 views 13 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got tired of constantly setting up my old 6” delta jointer. So I decided to build the Matthias Wandel jointer.

I acquired an old conference table that had big flat, thick legs made from pressed board and laminate. I added ash to the sides and ends to help with strength. I decided to make it with both infeed and outfeed tables having the ability to move up and down. I felt this would make it easier for setting outfeed with blades. However if you install the blades the same way as Matthias does then the outfeed doesn’t need to move up and down.

It was much easier to adjust the tables and I had it cutting straight in about an hour.

I got the cutter head off kijiji for $30. The motor was free but I did have to reverse it and replace bearings.
The motor is from an old table saw and is 1.5 hp running at 3450 rpm. The cutter head is a two blade type and si spinning at about 5100rpm.

I am glad I built this as it runs fantastic and cuts straight.

Here is a short video.

Here are some pics of it too.

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#1 posted 06-27-2015 11:50 PM

Awesome job Sean, have you sent your photos and video to matthais yet? He would love to see your work.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 06-27-2015 11:57 PM

A great looking project. I always amazed by people making their own power tools.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#3 posted 06-28-2015 12:15 AM

Unbelievable! You are a talented guy for sure.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 06-28-2015 12:30 AM

Wow. I don’t have the balls to try a build like this. Great job !!

-- FNG ... On a quest for knowledge.

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#5 posted 06-28-2015 04:42 AM

That is one of his projects that intriques me. like the idea of using separate motor. good work.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 06-28-2015 05:37 AM

Sean that is awesome I particularly like the general green colour its sharp. Everything looks well put together! Good job buddy keep us updated with your newest project its always inspiring! Cheers

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#7 posted 06-28-2015 08:46 AM

Lovely machine woth lots of neat little details. Yours look much nicer than the original. Would guess that it is quite a conversation pieze in the shop?

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#8 posted 06-28-2015 02:19 PM

Way cool very creative and out n out amazing

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 06-28-2015 03:42 PM

That is very awesome!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 06-28-2015 04:09 PM

You Surely take on the most complex and detailed of projects … box joints for the switch shows just how detailed you are …
And the wooden drive pulley …

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#11 posted 06-28-2015 06:17 PM

wow – great job!

-- Greg Simon

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#12 posted 06-28-2015 09:41 PM

Thanks everyone.

Lee. No I am not going to send it to Matthias as I am sure he has received enough in the past.

Dom. Yes I painted it the same colour as my General table saw. Now all my tools match. (lol)

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#13 posted 06-30-2015 07:29 AM

Impressive to say the least, really takes some effort and talent to build a machine like this. I like making many of my shop jigs and accessories but I don’t think I have the patience to tackle something like this! I am glad to hear that it works as well as it looks. Once again spectacular job on a challenging project !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#14 posted 06-30-2015 04:31 PM

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