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Forum topic by Trappistes posted 09-25-2009 01:11 PM 1099 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-25-2009 01:11 PM

Hello all you LJ’s pretty new around here, and to woodworking, i was planning on buying the Delta/Porter Cable jointer from lowes, and i was wondering since i dont know much about jointers.. Its a 6” jointer and say you have an 8” board that you are wanting to joint, would it be alright to joint the first 6 inches, then turn the board around and joint out the other 2” ?



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#1 posted 09-25-2009 01:25 PM

might be better to make a sled for your planer ,
and shim the board to it if needed ,
and then flattening the other face to that .
it’s pretty simple , you can glue a small stop to the FRONT of the sled
to pull it thru with the board , and glue full thickness stops
if you want running full thru the sled on both sides
to eliminate snipe if you like

but do get a jointer ,
they go hand in hand .

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#2 posted 09-25-2009 01:38 PM

Joshua, Here that shows how to build a sled for flattening wide boards with a planer. Here is another method for doing this posted by GaryK.

A six inch jointer should be used to handle stock that is 6 inches or less in width. If you do not want to build a sled and use a planer then I would suggest ripping the board into manageable pieces that are less than 6” in width. Process the individual boards as you normally would handle rough lumber and then glue the finished boards back together.

But the bottom line is that, if you want to process larger boards, then go with a larger jointer.

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#3 posted 09-25-2009 04:57 PM

Here is another point of vue about that. The wider the boards, the more chance for wood movement. If you rip your 8” boards in half, they will fit in your 6” jointer and they will have less chance to move with changes of temperature and humidity. You will have to glue them up, but you will brake the wood movement. Traditionallly, rippings and glue-ups should be done with boards wider than 4”. I own a 6” jointer since the late ‘70’s and I don’t feel I must upgrade to a 8” because of all the above.

If you want to read more about this, I added three articles on the subject on my website, from this particular page:!2ED8F7A23848B4AE!624.entry



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