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Dial Indicator Tool for Aligning Jointer Tables Parallel

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Project by GarageWoodworks posted 08-09-2017 12:52 AM 2371 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Dial Indicator Tool for Aligning Jointer Tables Parallel
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A fast, easy and inexpensive solution to align a jointer. The tables can be checked for parallel alignment very quickly. You will need to re-align your knives if you need to shim your outfeed table.

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#1 posted 08-09-2017 02:51 AM

Very interesting. I am going to pass this method on to my neighbor. I think he has the exact same jointer and we started to look at possible adjustment methods.

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#2 posted 08-09-2017 02:55 AM

THANKS :<))

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

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#3 posted 08-09-2017 04:12 AM

Dammit…I JUST gave in and bought a straight edge. Nice jig!

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#4 posted 08-09-2017 12:57 PM

Looks good, Geometry, High School? I was lucky to pass algebra,:)

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#5 posted 08-09-2017 03:18 PM

Nice home-spun solution! No ultra straight edge required, just something rigid.

Sliding the dial indicator down the length of the table will also give you an indication of any warpage (provided the indeed table is indeed flat.

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#6 posted 08-09-2017 04:03 PM

A interesting solution and very practical jig.

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#7 posted 08-09-2017 05:16 PM

Thanks everyone!!

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#8 posted 08-09-2017 06:02 PM

I really like this idea, its only like reason 96,416,801 that I need a dial indicator

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#9 posted 08-10-2017 07:18 AM

He didn’t show how to do the most important part… zero-ing out the dial on the infeed side. The jig is so long, how does he accomplish that?

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GarageWoodworks

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#10 posted 08-10-2017 02:00 PM

@JRAP – While I wouldn’t agree that it was the most important part, it’s easy to accomplish. While the weight supports the tool on the infeed side, adjust the bezel of the dial indicator to zero. Actually this isn’t even necessary as long as you remember to subtract your start and finish readings.

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