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Shop made 13" jointer with cast iron table and magnetic fence

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Project by leslie88 posted 07-05-2016 06:45 AM 3666 views 14 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.





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geekwoodworker

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#1 posted 07-05-2016 11:26 AM

Nice build. I really like the idea of putting TS extensions for infeed and outfeed. I wish I had thought of that for mine.

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Scott Oldre

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#2 posted 07-05-2016 11:35 AM

nicely done. Way more involved than I’d ever attempt, but yours looks very clean and stable.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#3 posted 07-05-2016 01:35 PM

nice looking jointer

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Redoak49

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#4 posted 07-05-2016 01:47 PM

Excellent build and design

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#5 posted 07-05-2016 02:00 PM

Congrats on a great build!

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#6 posted 07-05-2016 02:30 PM

should provide you with many years of enjoyment and pride ….......GREAT JOB

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#7 posted 07-05-2016 03:12 PM

A truly great build, nice work

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#8 posted 07-05-2016 04:17 PM

Do you have plans for this so we could build one?

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#9 posted 07-05-2016 04:23 PM

Realy beautiful and clean work! This jonter looks very professional, I bet it works that way too. Big plus for wide surface. Pretty handy idea with magnetic fence.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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leslie88

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#10 posted 07-05-2016 05:07 PM

Sorry, I don’t have a plan. pm me if you need some details, and I will take pictures for you.


Do you have plans for this so we could build one?

- Hazem


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#11 posted 07-05-2016 05:33 PM

Very cool build. Well done!

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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JRAP

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#12 posted 07-05-2016 07:45 PM

That’s amazing… well done.

-- -- Jim, Cumberland,RI -- Life is all the other stuff you do when you're not in the shop. - http://www.woodshopshed.com

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#13 posted 07-05-2016 09:11 PM

Just fantastic more pictures would be great, very nice indeed
Dee1

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leslie88

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#14 posted 07-06-2016 12:42 AM

More pictures can be find here: http://tinypic.com/a/aw2io5/1
LJ won’t automatically resize the pictures, it is a big trouble for me to add pictures.


Just fantastic more pictures would be great, very nice indeed
Dee1

- Dee1


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#15 posted 07-06-2016 02:01 AM

Awesome

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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