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Blog entry by Rob McCune posted 2698 days ago 780 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay I went to Ideal Saw Works on Saturday and picked up the new jointer. It’s a Jet JJ-6CSDX with the 56” long bed and quick setting knife head. I have to say, that cast iron bed is heavy. It was something like 165 lbs and I could barely pick it up! It took me about an hour to set it up. Most every one who has reviewed a Jet jointer has said theirs was ready to go out of the box, but I had a couple little issues. One of the blades must have shifted after it was set, because it was about .015” on the high side. Also the 90° stop for the fence was off slightly. And I do mean slightly. Probably not even half a degree, but I prefer more accuracy than 1/2° tolerance.

The funny thing is, I waited a month after SWMBO greenlighted it to get this thing and haven’t even turned it on yet. I spent so much time making room for it and cleaning the shop that I don’t want to get the floor dirty now. :D

Jet’s url – http://www.wmhtoolgroup.com/shop/index.cfm?navPage=4&iid=6054785&tab=Details

-- Rob McCune



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Bill

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#1 posted 2698 days ago

Very cool Rob. It looks like you have a great machine. Once you get started using it, it will probably be a non-stop item. While a planer works better for thickness, the jointer will work as well. Also, it allows you to square off the face and side before running it through a planer or table saw.

Don’t worry about the floor, it can be cleaned.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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David

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#2 posted 2698 days ago

Rob- Congrats on your new toy. I have the same machine. Time to turn it on and make shavings!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Rob McCune

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#3 posted 2698 days ago

Cleaned? I only clean it to give new tools the wrong impression about me!

-- Rob McCune

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 2698 days ago

I am on my third jointer and I could use another bigger one. The first one I had was a Jet 6”. It was a good machine. I found the bed to be too short. I stepped up to the 6” Powermatic 54A. Another nice machine and I loved the longer bed. With the project containing lots of curly maple, I sold that to my brother and bought an 8” Grizzly spiralhead jointer. Even longer bed and no tearout on curly maple. I would love to have a 12”. I think that would work for me. Going to an 8” allows me to face joint 90% of the stock I use now too. I think you will like the Jet though, I had no problems with it.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Rob McCune

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#5 posted 2698 days ago

I added a pic in my workshop.

-- Rob McCune

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oscorner

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#6 posted 2698 days ago

Congradulations on the new “TOY”, I mean tool. LOL. Nice machine. You know that if you don’t get it dirty, the SWMBO can take it back. So, run out there and joint something, quickly!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 2698 days ago

I am impressed with your workspace-clean. The tools will come. What do you use the mini mill for and do you like it?

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Rob McCune

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#8 posted 2698 days ago

Todd, if you look above the workbench you will see a bunch of 1/35th scale armor models. I like to use the mill and lathe for scrathcbuilding stuff for models. Scratchbuilding is the process of making parts for models that have poor details or don’t have the right details you want. I like the mill because it is very precise, it has a tolerance of +/- .003”. In 1/35th scale that is .1”. Accuracy is everything in modeling. It is a Harbor Frieght mill that only cost like $250. The lathe was $400 from Cummins Tools.

And like I said, the shop is only clean because there is a new toy in it.

-- Rob McCune

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Karson

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#9 posted 2698 days ago

Welcome to the joys of Jointers. They do a great job if setup right.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Rob McCune

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#10 posted 2697 days ago

I just made the base sides for the TV cabinet project in “my projects.” I just gotta say, being able to make two pieces of wood exactly the same, exactly straight, and in such a short time has never been so fulfilling. And MAN, is it quiet!

-- Rob McCune

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Rob McCune

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#11 posted 2692 days ago

I was facing some fence planks I had lying around last night as practice and I noticed something bad happening. As I was facing the plank (6” across) the dust chute was getting clogged up and it would start spitting chips out of the cutterhead. The jointer also would begin to make a racket and the finished piece would have a nasty finish because of the chips getting caught between the wood and the cutter head. I decided I needed a dust collector.

I went to Harbor Freight today because they were having a sale on dust collectors. I picked up a 1hp portable one with a dust bag for $90. I got it home and got it all set up and ran a plank throught the jointer. I got halfway down the board and it started spitting again. So I took it all apart and it turned out the dust collector had a screen over the intake that was clogging up. So I removed that, cleaned out the hose and the jointer, put it all back together, and ran the other side of the plank. I got 3/4 of the way down before it started spitting again. I took it all back apart and this time found it also had a screen over the exhaust! So I again removed it, cleaned the whole thing, and put it all back together. This time the board went through without a hickup and looked just beautiful. I am glad I tested it before running my new expensive wood through it. (Can you believe I paid $3.29 a board foot for poplar?)

-- Rob McCune

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dennis mitchell

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#12 posted 2692 days ago

Ouch! You need to shop around.

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Rob McCune

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#13 posted 2692 days ago

For the dust collector or the wood? This is California, Dennis, There isn’t anything cheap out here. I looked high and low an no one really even sells hardwood out here. I got this at a small specialty shop.

-- Rob McCune

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Bill

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#14 posted 2692 days ago

For the wood Rob. Last time I bought popular it was about $2/ Bd Ft at the local hardwoods dealer. Of course it might be tougher in your area to find someone, as we do not have many either.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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