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Forum topic by wally5038 posted 07-31-2015 03:43 PM 696 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-31-2015 03:43 PM

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A few years ago I purchased a Rigid Jointer out of the box, set it up and used it with marginal success and went on to other more pressing projects. Over the years had occasion to use a few times but it didn’t seem to do what I had anticipated it should do and on more than one occasion went back to my table saw with a planer blade to obtain the flat surface I had expected from the jointer. Being again frustrated in the midst of another project took the time to place a 4 ft. straight edge on both tables and was surprised to see that the out table is not parallel with the infeed table. I’m assuming this not they way it should be and am looking for some ideas on how to adjust that table, (or the infeed table for that matter) assuming they should be parallel or should I just start looking for another jointer. That being the case Rigid will be at the bottom of my list.


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#1 posted 07-31-2015 04:14 PM

It’s essential that the tables be coplanar. I think people have used very thin shims such as aluminum can cut up inside the dovetail ways to level the outfeed with the infeed. I think you should adjust the outfeed since you rarely have cause to move it. As to the process, I’m not sure, but there are some threads here that describe it. I was lucky that my used older grizzly was coplanar when I got it.

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#2 posted 07-31-2015 04:46 PM

If your jointer doesn’t have a method for getting it co-planer, then you will need to shim it. As Bill mentioned, aluminium cans can be used as shims (they are about 0.002” to 0.006” depending on the can). For very fine adjustments, cheap sheet aluminium (the stuff you use for cooking that comes in rolls) is about 0.0005”. Another option is to get a couple of cheap feeler gauge sets to use as shims, which gives you lots of different sizes.


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#3 posted 07-31-2015 05:07 PM

You can get feeler gauge sets from Harbor Freight for like $4 – they’re great for shims.

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#4 posted 07-31-2015 06:28 PM

First thing I would do is crank the tables all the way off the slides and look for debris on the ways. Clean and oil them and reassemble. check for co-planar.
My Rigid is perfect and I am sorry to hear about your problem.

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#5 posted 07-31-2015 06:32 PM

Only shim the outfeed table to coplaner. That way you can still adjust the infeed to the depth you want.

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