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Posted on How to joint hardwood with grain that goes both directions?

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#1 posted 11-04-2016 11:02 AM

I’m going to go out on my own limb here, and suggest if you have sharp knives, or inserts on your jointer then grain direction isn’t as big a problem as depth of cut. Any time I get any kind of tearout I decrease my depth of cut immediately, and so far in over 50 years I have seen the immediate result of no more tearout. I use a lot of woods like Curlies, which have alternating grain bands, and burls which have swirled grain, and I can joint off nice smooth edges by taking light passes, works the same on a planer too. Try it, I think it will work for anyone with sharp cutters.

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