Jointer / Planer knife setting jig

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Project by tdv posted 01-19-2011 10:54 AM 4196 views 19 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing Dougs (Nobuckle) post for this jig I had to make one. This job is one of my least favourites I’m always too busy to change or remove & sharpen my planer knives so anything that makes it easier & speeds up the process the better. It took no more than 15 minutes to make, it all came from scraps & although I only have one dial gauge at the minute (the other is ordered) I was able to use it totry it out. I have a planer thicknesser which is 10” wide with cast aluminium tables so it just requires a weight to hold it in place. it is simply made of 2 pieces of 3/4” Birch ply & a couple of pieces of aluminium 3/4” x 3/8” bar I have used for jig runners for my tablesaw slots. I chose to be very accurate about bar length & pivot hole positioning so that the deflection & contact points of each bar would be the same, didn’t want to build in any descrepencies. It cost nothing & saves time I love it. Thanks for the inspiration Doug.

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#1 posted 01-19-2011 01:16 PM

I can completely relate to this sort of thing being a least favorite thing to do. Good work.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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matt garcia

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#2 posted 01-19-2011 02:01 PM

Yeah, after my 1st “attempt” at this task, I opted for a carbide cutter head! Nice jig!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 01-19-2011 02:57 PM

Nice jig, great looking build.

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#4 posted 01-19-2011 08:40 PM

I have to look into that.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 01-20-2011 12:43 AM

Looks good Trevor. It was a good idea to make it a little wider that the one I did. When I made mine I was still using my ShopSmith as my main machine. Will you be adding the magnetic base or do you have a better way of holding it in place?

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#6 posted 01-20-2011 12:50 AM

Hi Doug My machine has cast aluminium tables so no magnets however the jig sits ok under it’s own weight but I have put a removable weight on it just to make sure. Thanks again Doug it’s great
God bless

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#7 posted 01-20-2011 08:23 AM

Nice jig Trevor.

Since I saw the original, I have been wanting to make one.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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