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#1 posted 05-21-2011 05:23 AM

Using a jointer in millwork is a mastery skill. There’s a lot to it. You
have to train your eye to look at the wood and you also have to
learn to feel the cut and understand how your using the tool.

The jointer is a machine you use to sculpt the edge of a board straight.
You can also sculpt it concave or convex pretty easily. The tables
being straight doesn’t automatically transfer to the wood – the
skilled operator makes it happen.

It does in fact take a lot of practice. Even when working with a jointer
I often carry boards to my bench to work on areas tricky areas with a
handplane, then back to the jointer for one final pass.

You’ll never get the results you want from a jointer just pushing
the wood across it. You have to study the effect of every cut and
plan how you’re going to use what the jointer does to straighten
your boards.

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