Setting up/using the fence on a jointer

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Forum topic by JJohnston posted 11-22-2009 05:28 AM 1685 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-22-2009 05:28 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer fence tilt

I assembled a new Grizzly 0490 jointer today, and the bevel angle adjustment on the fence doesn’t seem right. It doesn’t just tilt, it’s got some linkage in it so it articulates up and down, too. It has a spring-loaded plunger to stop rotation at the upper end of the link at 90 degrees, and a screw/lever combo to lock rotation of both ends of the link.

I’ve used a jointer before, but only in a classroom, where we didn’t change any of the settings, so this is all new, and the manual says nothing about it. Here’s a picture. You can see that there’s an axle on each end of the link in the middle. You can also see the 90 degree plunger and the lever lock. Finally, you can see a section about 3” long on the bottom edge of the fence where it’s resting on the outfeed table. This seems to have been built this way intentionally. And, of course, you can see where I missed cleaning off some of the cosmoline.

The more I think about it, the more it seems that the fence must always rest on the outfeed table; if you try to use the lever lock to hold it up off the table, there’s no way to be sure it’s square, or at least you’d have to make sure it is, every time you moved it.

So, is this how jointer fences usually work? Does the fence have to rest on the outfeed table?


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#1 posted 11-22-2009 07:04 PM

Not sure if it should rest on the table, but, you should always double check the fence angle position with a known accurate device (square, digital gauge, etc.) each time you move the fence. I have found the “built in” alignment gauges are not as accurate as they should be.

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