Cheap DIY Benchtop Jointer

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Project by KiwiDustmite posted 03-26-2017 04:13 AM 2378 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another project finished while I rehab from a injury at work. The old saying applies here, “No gain without pain”, and I still have plenty of that.

Some time ago I sold my full sized 6” jointer. It took up too much room and wasn’t used all that much.
Lately I’ve had need to plane a few small pieces, and some larger items. Mostly for doing glue-ups for turning projects but I do also have some furniture projects in mind as well.

I looked at various 6’ benchtop jointers from several companies but didnt like what I was seeing. Poor build quality and expensive were the main issues. After scouting around on the internet for ideas, and incorporating several from the net I came up with my own benchtop jointer based on the Ozito Power Plane my local Bunnings. Total investment for this project was $100NZD.

As you can see in the video, its a fixed height on the in feed and out feed tables. Total depth of cut it 1 mm. More than enough for most of what I do. Any further sizing is then done on the tablesaw or thicknesser. At 82 mm width it provides a pretty useful footprint for most projects.

The main body and parts are made from 15 mm Triboard with a little ply for the end braces and a Kwila piece for the adjustable fence support. All topped off with some polyurethane finish for a weather seal. It works very nicely and the 750 watt motor doesn’t bog down. I could have gone with a less powerful machine but for a few extra dollars the bigger power plant is well worth the extra money.

You Tube Clip of the planner

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#1 posted 03-26-2017 06:25 AM

ok its late Saturday night lets say goodnight-peace out.what ever!welcome – I guess.god bless.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 03-26-2017 10:43 AM

It has more and better features than my. I also came to conclusion that this size jointer is much more in use and sufficcient enough in smal workshops. Very good job!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 03-26-2017 06:15 PM

Thanks Ivan. Yes the size has turned out to be a good choice. I dont often need anything bigger.

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#4 posted 03-26-2017 06:51 PM

Good Job guy.

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#5 posted 03-27-2017 02:49 AM

Nice work, nothing like adapting something to fit your need. I have a small one but never seem to get it out of the drawer I hide it in. LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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