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Posted on Problems with my Ryobi 6 1/8" jointer

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#1 posted 04-05-2013 08:10 PM

How long is the board that you are trying to plane? The bed on this jointer is relatively short and planing long boards can be difficult.

The technique is simple in concept but not necessarily easy…and definitely gets better with practice. As the board edge passes over the cutting head it must be held flat to the outfeed table and the face must be held firmly against the fence. Forcing the edge to be flat on the infeed table can be counterproductive depending on how straight your edge is. I only use the jointer to get one straight edge. Then I use the table saw to get two parallel edges.

If you have a straight edge that is perpendicular to the face that was against the fence then the tool has done its job.

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