Jointing issues due to blade height misalignment

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Project by Spunk4ya posted 02-03-2016 12:34 AM 1739 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I always seem to struggle with scalloping or gouging on my jointer, especially after new/newly sharpened blades. I came across an article in where the author showed off a way to create wooden alignment jigs. After making mkne, I just wasnt having much luck due to the lifting that occurs when tightening the gib.

I decided to “beef” them up and make new ones. These cost me under 10 bucks, including the epoxy!

I bought 1 ft of the 5/16 steel rod, a 20 pack of N50 10mm*3mm magnets from eBay and a small package of epoxy. You can see that I doubled up the magnets to better hold the blades down while tightening. Also I used tape to protect my jointer while the epoxy cured (24hrs)

Hope these help you out by saving the time but all the 40 dollars to buy a big from an online place ;)
Best wishes!

-- CustomsByQ

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#1 posted 02-03-2016 05:20 AM

So the magnets are strong enough to keep the blades from lifting? Good tool to have it seems

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 02-03-2016 05:24 AM

I did the same similar thing and I agree on how well it works. Nice jig.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 02-03-2016 01:57 PM

You might want to reconsider and get some type of dial indicator, even The Wood Whisper switched after using a similar type of product, this is a good video on jointer setup too.

-- Nick, "Choking to death on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover." - JG

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#4 posted 02-03-2016 04:02 PM

This is what I use:
Works well. And I know exactly where the blades are….

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#5 posted 02-03-2016 08:00 PM

I use old planer blades, they are pretty flat. Of course, I dulled the edge to keep from slicing myself…

-- Every project is perfect until it's started.

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#6 posted 02-04-2016 01:39 AM

I use a combination of a jointer pal magnetic jig (similar to yours but mine references only the outfeed table), and a snapcheck digital indicator to confirm blade height. The magnets hold the blade at the right height, and the snapcheck monitors the blades as you tighten the gibs.

I just replaced the knives on my 8” jointer, and I think once they are dull again I will get a Shelix head. You can drive yourself crazy trying to tighten the knives, and see them lift up a few thousandths.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 02-04-2016 01:42 AM

My 1st version didn’t hold it down well do that’s why I’m using 6 magnets now lol. On order to take the picture, I set it down on the indeed side but when in use, I only have them on the outfeed side.

-- CustomsByQ

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#8 posted 02-04-2016 05:54 PM

I long and attentively considered. I understood nothing. I likely the stupid….. LOL….. Write to me in the letter, What is it???

-- Ganchik Sasha

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