|Project by leslie88||posted 07-05-2016 06:45 AM||3030 views||13 times favorited||21 comments|
I got a lot of wide walnut boards and I felt it was a pain to face joint those boards on my 6” craftsman jointer. So I thought it was time to upgrade. I preferred a wider jointer with relative short bed so it was easy to fit into my small garage shop, but I could not find one at a reasonable cost. Since I upgraded my dw735 with a spiral cutterhead a while ago, I have a spare 13” cutterhead in hand, so I decided to build one.
I did some research on line, I watched Matthias’s video, but I didn’t like his version. It is more like a toy to me than a serious woodworking machine, too flimsy. I want a more robust machine. So I decided to do some improvements.
1. The jointer bed
The jointer bed was made with plywood, but I added 1.5” angle iron to enforced it.
2. The cutterhead assembly
The cutterhead pillow block was also enforced by angle iron and bolts.
3. The in-feed/out-feed table
I bought two sawstop extension wings for the in-feed/out-feed table. They cost me about 200$, but they worth the money – I got much robust and stable tables.
4. The fence
I really don’t like the traditional jointer fence desien. The arm sticks out to the back side and takes a lot of space. I ordered two 145lb strong rare earth magnets from amazon. I cut a 2”x5”x36” wood plank, made it flat and square, and then I screwed the magnets to it. The magnets are very strong, so the fence is very stable on the out-feet table. The only trouble is that it is really hard to pull it off the jointer. Maybe I will add on/off switch late.
The fence can also be used on my 14” bandsaw.
5. The dust collection
I sealed the jointer bed and added a 4” dust collection port.
6. The table adjustment mechanism
I put the in-feed table adjustment on the table top, so it is easy to reach.
This is the out-feed adjustment
Put everything together, I have a 13” short bed (60”) jointer. It takes the same space as my old craftsman 6” jointer! I am very happy with the performance.